Statement from Don Putz – Founder/Owner of Jazzbah

March 30, 2012

As of 1pm today, the property management of the building housing Jazzbah moved to terminate the lease agreement and changed all locks on the doors of the club, while not providing me an opportunity to make payment this afternoon.  As a result, Jazzbah cannot open for business.

Be assured, I am actively reviewing our payroll operations and all areas of financial administration.

Jazzbah’s well-earned reputation for having the city’s best Bartending staff, award-winning cocktails, and superb food service is a testament that Albuquerque truly embraces and values the experience we strive to provide.  Despite what is being circulated, I remain available by phone for employees and trade associates.  In fact, I continue to keep in constant contact with many of Jazzbah’s loyal patrons and fans, employees, trade associates, and the many wonderful musicians who continue to voice their belief in – and unwavering support of – Jazzbah.

Members of the press may expect a formal statement from me when additional information is available, and are encouraged to revisit this page for updates.

As always, I welcome the sharing of your thoughts and experiences on Jazzbah’s facebook page: JazzbahABQ.

Thank you for your patience as I work toward a satisfactory resolution to what is a trying time for all involved.

Don Putz



Don Putz Biography

Don Putz, Founder/Owner of Jazzbah

Jazzbah Founder/Owner Don Putz opened the door to Jazzbah in late July 2011.  Following his love of jazz and expertise in the service industry, Putz worked hard to establish a club that would deliver a balanced jazz entertainment experience featuring top regional acts, “young lions,” and A-list talent, alike.

Having climbed the ladder from bus-boy to award-winning Wine Director at The Ranchers Club Steakhouse, Putz was eager to start a new adventure.  His dream found a home in downtown Albuquerque.  Area residents have been pleased with the new upscale vibe.  Patrons have often praised Putz for his vision, design, and passion regarding Jazzbah.


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