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    Published  9-1-2018

    Baker's Keyboard Lounge offers dining and memories. It holds claim to being the oldest continuously operated jazz club in the world. All the biggest names in Jazz played on that little stage. People like Louis Armstrong, Sarah, Vaughn, Fats Waller, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Aretha Franklin have stood on that stage. Today they still offer shows. If you visit at night, chances are there will be a band. Daytime, you can stand on that stage where so many Jazz greats once played.

    The d├ęcor is pure Art Deco. The walls are adorned with Jazz mementos and pictures of the stars that played there. It has an intimate feel as it only seats 99 people. You can still see its original liquor pricelist from 1934. Imagine buying a beer for 26 cents?

     Their food is pure Soul Food. I choose the fried chicken wings, collard greens and baked mac and cheese. Or you can pick from the Catfish, Liver and Gizzards, Ribs or lots of other choices.


    Baker's opened May 1934 first as a diner then the owner's son, Clarence Baker, introduced Jazz with a piano player. The giant piano bar is world famous. Baker's was designated as an Historic Site by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office in 1986.

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