Arts and Entertainment
Best New Place for Jazz
Published: September 19, 2012
885 Howard St., phaze10.com, (410)-462-2010
Phaze 10 is a sufficient reproduction of what made the jazz clubs once dotting Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue so famous: good soul food, with a kitchen open until midnight on weekends; a bar stocked with good liquor; live music four nights a week; and an owner who doesn’t believe in cover charges. Weekly Wednesday jam sessions headed up by April Samp� and the Next Level Band invite patrons to sing, recite poetry, or play tunes with the musicians. The entire bar was dancing one Wednesday in early September while an audience member sung his rendition of the Commodores’ hit “Brick House.” Perhaps most noticeable about Phaze 10 is the atmosphere: decidedly African-American, yet unapologetically inclusive. And while there’s no formal dress code, many are dressed to the nines. Women, that means dresses and heels. Men—leave your flip-flops at home.