In the 20th century, Toledo was a first-class jazz destination. Music legends, including pianist Art Tatum and vocalist Jon Hendricks, emerged from the city’s vibrant scene and jazz legends traveled from afar to perform. While the city’s jazz scene has since wilted, it’s currently experiencing a renaissance — with a newly opened jazz lounge at its helm.
Lucille’s Jazz Lounge opened in December 2021 to provide a designated spot for jazz that many musicians and avid fans in Toledo have missed in the past decade. Lucille’s not only showcases up-and-coming musicians and regional legends, but also honors and preserves Toledo’s jazz tradition. Evidence of Lucille’s connection to the past may be found in its two pianos, which were originally housed in two of Toledo’s most well-loved jazz clubs of days gone by.