Jazz and whisky in the heart of Rome since 1996.
Halfway between Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, a sign on a small door at 54/a Via Gregoriana invites into a unique atmosphere, a world of flavors and aromas that is one of the best-stocked whisky bars in Rome and an escape into the sound of jazz, the music that never dies. A hidden gem in the heart of Rome.
The windowed door opens up to the grand little whisky bar where a warm and soft light pleasantly graze the hardwood bar counter, the antique, mirror-lined bottle shelves and the white marble tables. The walls are lined with black and white portraits and photographs of great jazz artists and a fine wine selection above. The atmosphere is completed by the musical selection that absorbs you as soon as you step foot into the club.
A wooden staircase takes you to the upstairs floor, where you can enjoy your drink on couches and lounge tables that await you under the warm lights, mirrors, trompe l’oeil shelves and the wooden beam ceiling. Behind the stage a bare brick wall and a window that gives out on the street below, a stage where every night a Yamaha C baby grand piano and a Gretsch drumset await the wind instruments, double-bass and musical talent that’s in store for the night.
When it comes to jazz, it’s quite hard to find people who agree on exactly where the word comes from, when it was first used, or what it means exactly; everyone pronounces it differently and many claim to know what it means. Over the years we have come to know only one thing for certain: “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing”.
Live jazz at Gregory’s is two sets every night that take you on a trip through the history of this magnificent form of expression, across a continuous search for classics, standards and arrangements from songbooks of the great composers that from the 20s to the 60s created the story of jazz.
Gregory’s Jazz Club thrives to spread the love for jazz culture since 1996. We celebrate a music that can be popular, and contrary to common belief, that can be appreciated when it’s more catching and pleasant even for the untrained listener. Spreading the culture of jazz means, foremost, helping it to be loved and appreciated, making it pleasant to listen to, having it find a place in the heart of the listener. For this, at Gregory’s, our first priority is to offer a high quality standard, hosting the best italian artists and inviting great international guests. In fact, if you take a look at Gregory’s hall of fame, you’ll find great names by the likes of Bobby Durham, Victor Lewis, Steve Grossman, Gregory Hutchinson, Jeff Williams, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Wilber, Jeremy Pelt, Danny Grisset, Willie Jones III, Scott Hamilton, Harvey Kaiser, Eric Harland, Randy Sandke, Tony Scott, Chihiro Yamanaka, Carlo Atti, Dario Deidda, Dado Moroni, Rosario Giuliani, Antonio Fara, Geg Munari, Fabrizio Bosso, Roberto Gatto and Gianni Basso and many others…
Live jazz at Gregory’s emerges from the passionate study of the great songbooks, from standards and traditional genres, from swing to bebop and hardbop. A great homage to the names, the expressions and personalities that are central to the history of jazz: Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Lester Young, Charlie Parker,Frank Sinatra, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Count Basie, Ben Webster, Paul Chambers, Philly Jo Jones, Bobby Dhuram, Art Blakey, Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, John Coltrane, Clifford Brown, Charlie Mingus e Thelonious Monk, just to name a few.
The whisky bar at Gregory’s Jazz Club has an award winning selection, recognized by the best magazines in the industry, and is acknowledged as the best in Rome in terms of quality and assortment. About 150 brands of Scotch Whiskey, almost exclusively single malt, from the areas of highest prestige and tradition of Scotland, from the Highlands to Speyside, from the Lowlands to Islay and other islands. These bottles crowd the shelves of the mirror-lined bar, alongside a selection of the best of Irish Whiskeys, American Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey, as well as the latest Japanese rarities and Canadian spirit.
Some truly sought-after beers, Scottish and English, both lager and ale drafts, are served according to the tapping method appropriate to each beer as identified by their fermentation process in order to meticulously achieve the right head on each pint.
The bar’s fine drink collection includes a vast selection of fine liqueurs from all over the world, rums, gins, vodkas, brandies and grappa, and is completed by the vast assortment of international cocktails mixed by bartenders that have studied the classic iconic recipes of the golden jazz eras as well as modern and exotic recipes, always using high quality base liquors, mixers and fresh juices.
Dinner & Jazz – sums up the experience at Gregory’s: a palate pleasing night of fine dining in the restaurant downstairs, or in the intimacy and charm of the upstairs concert hall, before or during the concert, for a night that will satisfy all your senses. You might want to accompany your dish with a fine Italian wine, or perhaps a cold beer from our fine selection of non-pasteurized drafts. Our staff can help you out with suggestions if you’re unsure or would like to try something new. After dinner consider concluding or continuing with one of many flavors offered by the selection at the bar. All this will take place in the grand little refuge that is 54/a Via Gregoriana, where a warm and soft light pleasantly grazes the hardwood bar counter, the antique, mirror-lined bottle shelves and the white marble tables; where the best of jazz notes complete the atmosphere, surround the walls lined with black and white photographs, and where your time, long or brief as it may be, is spent in the hospitable and familiar environment that is Gregory’s Jazz Club.
Via Gregoriana 54/a – 00187 Rome
+39 06 67 96 386
+39 327 82 63 770
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