Shanghai Jazz

4.0 out of 5 stars
based on 2 Reviews
24 Main St.
Madison, NJ 07940


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Typical earnings for each musician

based on input from 2 reviews

Paid via…

  • Lump sum?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Donations?: No (1 vote)  
  • Free food?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Free drinks?: Yes (2 votes)  

Business practices

  • Non-profit?: No (2 votes)  
  • Musician-run?: No (2 votes)  
  • Rental fee?: No (2 votes)  
  • Books local acts?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Books out-of-town acts?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Promotes the acts it hires?: Yes (1 vote)  


  • Piano?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Piano in tune?: No (2 votes)  
  • Keyboard?: No (1 vote)  
  • Drumset?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Keyboard amp?: No (2 votes)  
  • Guitar amp?: No (2 votes)  
  • Bass amp?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Direct box?: No (1 vote)  
  • PA system?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Sound person?: No (2 votes)  

The room

  • Stage?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Backstage/Green Room?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Space for dancing?: No (2 votes)  
  • Primarily background music?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Serves Food?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Liquor License?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Capacity: 50-300 (2 votes)  

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Reviews from musicians



1 Review
3.0 out of 5 stars   


Pros: The owner is nice, the food is good. It’s a pleasant space.

Cons: I’ve played here a few times in the last few years and the piano is always badly out of tune. Generally, it’s not a listening room - people talk loudly. They’re primarily there for the food.

If you accept it for what it is, it’s fine. But this is not the upper-tier jazz club it was decades ago when people like Marian McPartland played here.



2 Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars   


Shanghai Jazz is a pretty successful jazz club and Chinese restaurant in Madison NJ. I've played there several times. The owner, David, runs a tight ship but is pretty gracious and appreciative of the music. 2 sets, in-between which the band gets a terrific Chinese meal and you can have whatever you'd like from the bar. My only quibble is that while the bread is ok, seems to me it could be a notch higher given the reasonable to great business he seemed to be doing - my pay was from $75-$125 depending on the band I was with - seems to me $100-150 would be right for a sideman....
But overall, a very nice place to play.