The building in Belltown where Tula’s Jazz Club and Restaurant is located is slated to be torn down and replaced by a high-rise. The club owner intends to carry on in another location.

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Seattle jazz lovers were dismayed to see a story in the Puget Sound Business Journal Tuesday (Sept. 1) reporting that a new high-rise is planned where Tula’s Jazz Club and Restaurant is located, on a Belltown block of Second Avenue.

Jason Moore, general manager of the Tula’s, confirmed the story but said the building that houses Tula’s has not yet been sold and that the club has not received notice of a date when it will be asked to leave.

Moore also said that he and club owner Mack Waldron have already begun looking for a new location, preferably in Belltown.

“We want to continue what we’ve been doing for 22 years for 22 more years,” said Moore.

Tula’s, a major gathering spot for Seattle jazz players and fans and a significant venue for the annual Earshot Jazz Festival, was chosen as one of the 150 best jazz clubs in America by Down Beat magazine.

Waldron, a trombone player and band leader, opened the club after retiring from the Navy.