Downtown jazz club coming in March
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Feb 14, 2014 | 4078 views | 2 2 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An upscale jazz club is coming to Tracy with the opening of MJ’s Bar and Lounge in late March at 809 N. Central Ave.

Owner and operator Michael Williams Jr., of Mountain House, said he wanted to open a place where adults could go dressed to the nines and socialize over drinks while listening to sweet jazz music.

“I’m from the Bay Area, Oakland, and every time my wife and I wanted to do something and dress up, we had to go to the Bay Area,” he said. “You get tired to go to the Bay just to enjoy yourself. The whole theme is to make it comfortable for Central Valley people. It seems like a great need for our area.”

The lounge will have a full liquor license, finger foods and nights of live jazz music of all genres, with a dress code that will be strictly enforced: no jeans and T-shirts.

“This is a dream of mine, to have my own jazz bar in a classy, upscale environment,” Williams said.

A saxophone player, Williams said the lounge would provide a place for local musicians to showcase their different styles of jazz.

MJ’s will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

On Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., patrons can watch live sporting events on big-screen televisions throughout the lounge. The dress code is releaxed, and wearing team jerseys is encouraged.

Those who want to celebrate a special occasion or just be given the VIP treatment for an evening can reserve the loft room.

MJ’s Bar and Lounge is scheduled for a grand opening March 22.

For information: 831-9948 or

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February 26, 2014
Michael - you're 100% correct. My wife and I are never in Tracy during the weekends because we go to the bay to go to upscale places that showcase great talent and relaxed (but semi-formal) attire. You have our support and you will know us by name I assure you. Thanks!
February 15, 2014
The over 40's in town have always talked about and needed something just like this. Thank you much Michael for appeasing to our cries. I'll for sure be there when I can, and I know my couple friends in town will be down and do the same.

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