The Jazz Kitchen is a prominent jazz club and restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana. The club showcases local, regional and national jazz acts. Opening in 1994 at the former location of The Place to Start at 54th Street and College Avenue, the Jazz Kitchen resides in Broad Ripple Village, Indianapolis. Voted one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the World in 2009 by Down Beat magazine, the Jazz Kitchen is owned by David Allee, son of jazz musician and composer Steve Allee.
2009 brought some significant changes to Jazz Kitchen. In 2009, the jazz club adopted a "smoke-free" policy. And in February 2009, the corporate partnership of the Jazz Kitchen, Owl Studios and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation under the moniker Indy Jazz Fest Corp. took over production of the Indy Jazz Fest, an annual festival held in June. The club features both local and touring musicians. Many acclaimed musicians have performed at Jazz Kitchen, including Larry Coryell, Lavay Smith, Pharez Whitted, Jon Faddis, Kathy Kosins, Yellowjackets, Frank Glover, Joey DeFrancesco, Terence Blanchard, J. J. Johnson, Simone (actress), Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Ray Brown (musician). J. J. Johnson's three nights as leader of his final group in March 1995 before his retirement. Harry Connick Jr.'s combo performances in May 2002. Connick's performance prompted the club to hire a security guard for the first time.