The space occupied by longtime Georgetown music establishment Blues Alley Jazz Club has been put up for sale by building owners, but venue leadership says the club is not going anywhere.
Blues Alley, located on Wisconsin Avenue, was founded in 1965 and has hosted well-known jazz performers like Miles Davis and Eva Cassidy since its opening. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the venue closed its doors to the public last March. After negotiations over the lease between Executive Director Harry Schnipper and building owner Snyder Properties, the building has been listed for sale, according to NBC4.
However, Schnipper says reports of the venue closing are false. Although the property is for sale, Blues Alley does not plan on closing permanently, according to Schnipper.
“We have a lease, so we’re planning to stay there. We have every intention of staying in the District of Columbia,” Schnipper said in a phone interview with The Hoya. “Just because the owners put the property on the market doesn’t mean that we are going to move. We just can’t reopen because of the pandemic.”
Blues Alley is looking for an alternative location in Washington, D.C., in the interim, Schnipper said, as the venue is too small to accommodate live music and an audience based on D.C.’s phased reopening plan