Live jazz in Cambridge MA
Ryles Jazz Club is a Cambridge institution, owned and operated by the Mitchell/Wheeler family. This ownership benefits Ryles by its association with the S&S Restaurant, a Cambridge tradition, located in Inman Square since 1919.
With the S & S Restaurant as its standard, the Mitchell/Wheeler family, now in its fifth generation of restaurateurs, has re-established Ryles Jazz Club as a genuine fun-filled jazz venue offering “the best in live music”. After acquiring over the club in 1994, Gary Mitchell oversaw an extensive renovation and unveiled to the public, one of the most attractive and intimate jazz clubs in the city.
Ryles is not your typical jazz venue. The club boasts two floors, which allows it to be the most diverse of any club in its genre. At Ryles Jazz Club, you can enjoy the “the best in live music”, including major, national performers such as Arturo Sandoval, McCoy Tyner, Maynard Ferguson, Jon Hendricks, Jon Faddis or Nestor Torres, just to name a few. Ryles has also become a “hotbed” for terrific local talent, who use Ryles’s intimate setting and ambiance to move on to the national scene.
Musicians love the feel of the room, it is authentic and sophisticated, and is the perfect backdrop for scores of spectacular shows for our audiences. Ryles is the home of the nationally acclaimed Ryles Jazz Orchestra directed by Frank Vardaros. The RJO is featured monthly with a national artist or on it’s own, inspired by the rich tradition of a house big band in a major jazz venue.
The second floor houses Ryles Dance Hall, where you can experience something totally different. From “Hot” Salsa and Merengue to sophisticated Ballroom to upbeat Swing, Ryles Dance Hall will have you moving and grooving all night long. Even if you’re a beginner, we have some of the top dance instructors in the area to teach you the steps and get you going. So whether it is listening to smooth jazz in the main room or dancing the night away above, Ryles has something for everyone.
As a top jazz club, Ryles features 40 domestic and imported beers and a late night menu for light dining. Our popular Sunday Jazz Brunch features an award winning brunch menu, together with top local jazz acts, for a fun filled time.
Ryles also offers full service catering for any occasion. Our experienced staff will listen to your specific needs and requests then will suggest recommendations and creative ideas to guarantee your satisfaction.
Whether it is an evening of “hot” jazz, a night of high energy dancing, a light bite or a catered event, Ryles and our staff can make it happen. Call us today and experience our authentic jazz décor, cuisine and services.