I was walking by Cafe CODA heading for State Street, when I saw lots of people Salsa dancing. I was staying at the Concourse for my birthday, and celebrated at the Governor's club till they closed at 10:30.
I had asked the front desk clerk if there was a Jazz Bar nearby, and he just said, "State Street is just a block down the street, there are lots of bars." Moron! The CODA is a Jazz Club I found out, but had a Salsa band on this night. It was a Thursday.
It was only $5 to get in, had a friendly bartender, a decent red wine, and lots of energy. The owner Hanah Jon Taylor, greeted me, told me about the Club and his vision of bringing a Jazz club back to Madison. He was a gracious host, made me feel welcome, even though I was much older, and way more dressed up than the roomful of Salsa dancers.
I can't wait to go back and experience the Jazz that will be happening there. Put this one on your list for places to go this Summer. It's going to be awesome!
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