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Bakers Key Lounge

Bakers Key Lounge

Baker’s as a nightclub began in 1934, but the building opened as a lunch restaurant by Chris and Fannie Baker one year earlier. At the time, Livernois was a two-lane street surrounded by green space, according to historical accounts. The Bakers asked their son, Clarence, to figure out a way to attract a crowd at night.
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Bakers Key Lounge

Marking its 80th anniversary, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is opening a second location this fall, and is working with Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services to find space in downtown Detroit’s lower Woodward corridor or in Capitol Park near the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. The original Baker’s Keyboard Lounge opened as a sandwich shop in 1933, and began booking jazz pianists the following year.
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Bakers Key Lounge

If nothing else, the candidate for Detroit’s 194th official historic landmark proves this city’s past can sometimes be just plain cool. The nominee: Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, which bills itself as the world’s oldest jazz club.
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Bakers Key Lounge

Virtuoso Art Tatum made the lounge his home base during the last two years of his life. The black Steinway grand he had installed on the tiny stage in 1954 is still the club piano. The club’s piano-shaped bar is believed to have inspired Liberace to create a piano-shaped swimming pool at his Beverly Hills’ mansion. In 1961, a young, unknown Barbra Streisand sang in the intimate venue, which seats 99.

Bakers Key Lounge

Bakers Key Lounge
Bakers Key Lounge
Bakers Key Lounge