Making Reservations in the Jazz Cafe


The Jazz Café at Paris Bistro is open Wednesday through Sunday.
​Reservations are available beginning at 5:00PM and throughout the evening and are timed to coincide with the live music set times. 

On Thursday,  Friday and Saturday nights the Jazz Café opens at 5:00pm with 3 sets nightly starting at 7:00pm, 8:30pm and 10:00pm.
On Sundays evenings the Jazz Café opens at 5:00pm with 3 sets beginning at 6:00pm, 7:30pm and 9:00pm.

An entertainment charge is assessed for each person, varies based on the entertainment featured, but is usually between $5 and $15, and will be added to your bill along with your food and beverage purchase.

Our full menu is served in the Jazz Café.

Reservations for the dining room do not guarantee seating in the Jazz Café. Dinner guests who wish to join us after dinner for music should alert restaurant staff upon their arrival and/or when making their reservation by phone or online. If you’d like more information about reservations in the Jazz Café, please call us at 215-242-6200.

Please note:  The scheduled performer(s) at Paris Bistro may be subject to change without any notice up to the day of the performance for a variety of reasons.  Paris Bistro is not responsible for any artist cancelling their performance and will make every attempt to schedule a performer of similar stylistic qualities.

The Jazz Café is available for private parties. For more information, please contact us by email at

Wednesday, August 15

SPEAKEASY at PARIS with BisTrio [$7]

Our weekly, Wednesday Night Piano Trio led by Rev Chris.  Come lounge and listen from 7:00-10:00pm in the Jazz Cafe while enjoying expertly crafted cocktails and dishes from our French menu.


Thursday, August 16


Tribute to Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk  (October 10, 1917– February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including “‘Round Midnight”, “Blue Monk”, “Straight, No Chaser”, “Ruby, My Dear”, “In Walked Bud”, and “Well, You Needn’t”. Monk is the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is particularly remarkable as Ellington composed more than a thousand pieces, whereas Monk wrote about 70.  Monk’s compositions and improvisations feature dissonances and angular melodic twists and are consistent with his unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of switched key releases, silences, and hesitations.

Lucas Brown is a performing artist and composer, a graduate of Temple University where he studied Jazz Performance at the Esther Boyer College of Music. His formal musical training began at age 5, studying classical piano. Lucas can be seen performing with many different groups in the Philadelphia area and for the last decade has held down the organ chair with saxophone legend, Bootsie Barnes. He is a member of the group Three Blind Mice along with saxophonist Victor North and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. Lucas recording credits include Mike Kennedy’s 2001 release, Quartet #1, Skip Heller’s 2005 Dreambox release, Out of Time, and New York-based, Philadelphia-native guitarist, Giga Shane’s 2005 release, Instinct. Lucas is featured on the 2006 release “Pianadelphia”, produced by Todd Horton, a tribute which features Philadelphians performing the music of Philly Jazz greats. He is also featured on the DVD release by Mel Bay records, Jimmy Bruno: Live at Chris’. Lucas has also performed with many noted musicians. The list includes Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, John Swana, Larry McKenna, Terell Stafford, Gerald Veasley, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Tim Armacost, Conrad Herwig, Joe Magnarelli, Tim Warfield, Steve Turre, Ralph Bowen, Mickey Roker, Billy James, Grant Stewart, Duane Eubanks, and Sean Jones. Lucas has also appeared at festivals in Nashville, Omaha, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Somers Point as well as notable clubs including the Blue Note in Manhattan, Smoke, Fat Cat, and The Smithsonian Museum and Blues Alley in Washington DC. While he can be seen often in the Philadelphia area performing Jazz, Jazz-Fusion, and some experimental music, Lucas is an avid Classical music fan as well as a composer of various styles.

Friday, August 17

Chelsea Reed Quintet [$15]

Chelsea Reed is a jazz vocalist, arranger and bandleader living in Philadelphia. She was born and raised in Easton, PA, with parents who encouraged singing at any and all times, so she started studying classical voice at an early age. However, falling in love with the many voices and stories of jazz, she entered into Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance to study the music and hone her craft.

With a penchant for early swing and blues music, Reed formed dance band Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five in October 2012. They have gone on to tour across the country playing for swing dancers and have recorded three albums. In July 2017, Reed released her newest album Spreadin’ Rhythm Around featuring Wycliffe Gordon.

Beyond the Fair Weather Five, Reed performs unique interpretations of forgotten songs as well as original compositions to communicate the stories hidden within the lyrics and explore the many nuances of the jazz genre. With a rich, expressive tone and wide vocal range, her sets span from Bessie Smith to Bill Withers. She has had the opportunity to study with vocalists Carla Cook, Joanna Pascale, and Becca Stevens and shared the stage with Wycliffe Gordon, Jon Faddis, and Jimmy Heath. She appears on two of Temple University’s CD Releases, Dear Dizzy: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie (2015) with the Temple University Jazz Band and That Music Always Round Me, a setting of Walt Whitman’s poetry by pianist Garry Dial and alto saxophonist, Dick Oatts.  Chelsea Reed – Vocals, Chris Lewis on Tenor Saxophone, Silas Irvine: Piano, Sam Harris: Bass and Austin Wagner: Drums.

“She’s a true extrovert…even when you watch her sing, she engages you and makes you feel like you’re part of the story.”
Jazz trumpet player, Terell Stafford

Saturday, August 18

DivaNation - Three Divas in Paris [$15]

Don’t miss your chance for a hot, sizzlin’, summer night’s entertainment, with great food and cultured ambiance at one of Philly’s leading jazz venues.  Featuring the sultry sounds of Divas Khadijah Renee, the dynamic vocalese of Sherry Wilson Butler, and Philly’s own Bebop Queen, Carol Harris, with Aaron Graves, Lee Smith & Duck Scott accompanying.  Guest appearances by additional DivaNation Divas.

Sunday, August 19

Kevin Valentine [$10]

Kevin sings & swings with an easy effortless style that lets a piece tell its own story using a variety of rhythms, melodies & harmonies.  His treatment of standards conveys an understanding for the culmination of melody, rhythm and lyric.  Music, and singing especially, have always been a part of Valentine’s life, with his jazz education starting in his youth, through his parents.

“In a genre where male jazz vocalists of substance are rare, Kevin Valentine is the real thing.  He is a performer who swings hard on a standard and yet has the sensitivity to nurture a ballad.”  —  Mike Boone

Wednesday, August 22

SPEAKEASY at PARIS with BisTrio [$7]

Our weekly, Wednesday Night Piano Trio led by Rev Chris.  Come lounge and listen from 7:00-10:00pm in the Jazz Cafe while enjoying expertly crafted cocktails and dishes from our French menu.

Friday, August 24


Lynn Riley enjoys a vibrant career as a jazz musician, composer, and educator, whose primary instruments are saxophone and flute. As the leader of The World-Mix, Lynn has been described more than once as “Superwoman” of the sax. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pa., she received a B. A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii. Her time spent in Hawaii was influential in developing her sensibility to, and awareness of, different musical cultures. She continued her musical studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City, studied privately with Doris Sellers (principal flutist of the Kansas City Symphony), saxophone with Ahmed Alladeen, and immersed in its rich jazz tradition, apprenticed and performed with many of KC’s jazz legends. She became involved with the Women’s Jazz Festival, an international festival highlighting women musicians. There she had the opportunity to play with luminaries like Carmen McRae, Marian McPartland, Shirley Scott, Emily Remler and Blossom Dearie. After 5 years on the Board of Directors, she headed back east. Since returning to Philadelphia, Lynn has performed with many great artists like Grover Washington Jr., Philly Joe Jones, David Bromberg, Rachelle Farrell, Charles Earland, Gerald Veasley, David Murray and Johnny Pacheco, as well as leading her own group Lynn Riley And The World-Mix. She was chosen to perform at the Painted Bride Arts Center for their series Women Leaders in Jazz in 2000. She has opened for artists such as Najee, Spyro Gyra, Nelson Rangell, Nester Torres, Andy Narell, the Indigo Girls, Brenda K Star, the Mahotella Queens and Compai Segundo of the Buena Vista Club. She has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

Thursday, August 23


Tribute to the Jazz Messengers

The Jazz Messengers were an influential jazz combo that existed for over thirty-five years beginning in the early 1950s as a collective, and ending when long-time leader and founding drummer Art Blakey died in 1990. Blakey led or co-led the group from the outset. “Art Blakey” and “Jazz Messengers” became synonymous over the years, though Blakey did lead non-Messenger recording sessions and played as a sideman for other groups throughout his career.  The group evolved into a proving ground for young jazz talent. While veterans occasionally re-appeared in the group, by and large, each iteration of the Messengers included a lineup of new young players. Having the Messengers on one’s resume was a rite of passage in the jazz world, and conveyed immediate bona fides.  Many former members of the Jazz Messengers established careers as solo musicians, such as Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Chuck Mangione, Keith Jarrett, Joanne Brackeen, Woody Shaw, Chuck Mangione, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison and Mulgrew Miller. Some members, such as bassist Clarence Seay and Gregory Charles Royal, are documented to have played in the Jazz Messengers but did not record with the group.

Keith Chasin is a pianist, arranger, and composer residing in Philadelphia. Hailing from Connecticut, he fell in love with the piano at the age of four. He continues this passion, performing at numerous venues around the United States, gracing the stages of venues like The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and The Appel Room at Lincoln Center. He can be heard on the radio on stations like Philadelphia’s WRTI 90.1FM performing his original compositions and arrangements. Influenced by jazz greats like Bobby Timmons and Red Garland, as well as by jazz groups like the SFJazz Collective, his music is intricate yet fun for all.

Saturday, August 25


Julie Charnet is a vocalist and writer whose passion can be heard in her unique blend of jazz, swing, and blues from the 1920’s and up. Since 1998, she has been performing in NJ, NYC, PA, and MD. Her rapport with any audience sets her apart from many performers, as well as her three octave range.  She has worked with some of the top jazz and blues artists on the East Coast and beyond.

As a child, Julie lived not far from New York City, and credits her parents (from Brooklyn) for her music genes. Her mother played classical piano for most of her life and often took her to Lincoln Center and Broadway. She studied guitar for several years before deciding to focus on vocal performance. After moving to Philadelphia, she began performing with Bootsie Barnes, Tom Lawton, Larry McKenna, Craig Thomas, Tom Adams, and a host of other notable musicians who still perform with her today.  Julie works with a rotating group of musicians from a duo or trio, up to a big band.

Sunday, August 26


Phyllis Chapell has spent her life developing a universal musical style, singing “world songs.” Her repertoire includes songs in 13 languages from Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as American folk, jazz and popular music. She also has a repertoire of award-winning original songs.

Wednesday, August 29

SPEAKEASY at PARIS with BisTrio [$7]

Our weekly, Wednesday Night Piano Trio led by Rev Chris.  Come lounge and listen from 7:00-10:00pm in the Jazz Cafe while enjoying expertly crafted cocktails and dishes from our French menu.  With Gusten Rudolph and bassist Rubin Edwards.

Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Gahnt

Thursday, August 30


Tribute to the Ella Fitzgerald, The First Lady of Song

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Gahnt Sings Ella – A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, The First Lady of Song

Friday, August 31

Sueños [$15]

Sueños is a band pushing the evolution of jazz into a contemporary setting. Rhythms borrowed from Hip-Hop and R&B blend seamlessly with modal and gospel harmony, with bebop-tinged horns flowing over the top to paint a unique musical portrait. The Atlantic included Sueños in a feature for their “Saturday Night in America” series. They have performed at the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival in SF, the PDX Jazz Festival in Portland, and Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Jazz Grill in LA, as well as at secret shows curated by SOFAR Sounds SF, SOFAR Sounds Portland, and SOFAR Sounds New York.

Saturday, September 1

Dena Underwood [$10]

Dena Underwood is a vocalist and self taught pianist from Philadelphia. Hailing from a family of gifted vocalists and instrumentalists, Dena’s passion for music began at an early age. Since graduating from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and studying Jazz Voice Performance at Temple University, Dena has performed at a number of venues, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Academy of Music and The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, World Café Live, Plays and Players Theatre, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and New York City’s Lincoln Center. Dena performs regularly as a vocalist/pianist in the Philadelphia area.

Sunday, September 23


A Latin party band whose music fills the air with bright colors and gets everybody up and dancing. Catchy melodies and unaffected lyrics fuse with Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms to inspire an irresistible North/South American party.