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"John Chan provides a place for jazz and blues, a place to sit in front of an eye dazzling exhibit of paintings, photographs and posters, a place for artists to be heard and seen, all with a loyalty and optimism, a canny sense of business, and, best of all, a genuine delight for the wonderful buffet of talent spread in front of all of us lucky Rhode Islanders."  "His commitment to local artists like Duke Robillard, Kim Trusty, Scott Hamilton and the incomparable Dave McKenna keep them coming back long after they have attained national and international reputations.

Ruth Dealy in recognition of Chan's receipt of the Arts and Business Council of Rhode Island Small Business Award

Chan's Rhode Island landmark and nationally recognized Four Seasons Jazz and Blues Club allows patrons to view some of the finest musical acts in the world while munching on exceptional cuisine.  Offered on weekends with an occasional national act on weekdays, Chan's has presented some of the best known local and international blues, jazz, folk and other musical artists. In addition, a weekly "open jazz night" provides anyone with musical talent to play on stage by themselves, with other participants or occasionally, a celebrity artist.   Finally, the Four Seasons plays host to special events including Rhode Island movie premieres (such as the Rhode Island premieres of Something About Mary and Stuck on You, as well as the recent premiere of a film about the Warwick Tent.) or other forms of entertainment, including comics. Tickets can be purchased through this website and a current calendar can be viewed here.

When deciding to add music to the restaurant while a Providence College student, Chan said, "My intention was to create a unique supper club atmosphere combining great food with great music and giving patrons a truly fun night out."

Over the years, many changes have taken place at the jazz supper club. In 1977, the first act to perform was a band featuring vocalist Jean McKenna O'Donnell, Alvin Pulley on guitar, Rodney Delassantra on accordion, Bill Gilbert on drums and Woonsocket legend Sam Sherman on slide trombone. This first show, including others soon to follow such as Greg Abate and Channel One and Razmataz, all performed in the small, original dining room area. A highlight of this time was renowned jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris recording a live album at the restaurant, simply called, "Live at Chan's."

During these early days, Chan credits much of his concert series success to WGBH's Ron Della Chiesa who was very supportive with his "Music America" program in getting the music world to know about the great live music John was presenting in Woonsocket, RI.

In 1986, John opened the Four Seasons Banquet Room which, to this day, offers audiences better acoustics and viewing and more seating. Over the years, many local bands and greats from all genres of music have played at Chan's including:

  • The legendary Dizzy Gillespie
  • Scott Hamilton
  • Mose Allison
  • John Hammond
  • Leon Redbone
  • Jim Thackery
  • Duke Robillard
  • Makoto Ozone
  • Roomful of Blues
  • James Montgomery
  • Magic Dick
  • J. Geils (person, not the band)
  • Ana Popovich
  • Commander Cody
  • Popa Chubby
  • Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  • Coco Montoya

The nineties saw the venue become more eclectic as John added blues, R&B and folk to his menu.

"Dizzie Gillespie played his 70th birthday bash here in 1988?.  I remember when the Mardi Gras King from the Woonsocket Jaycees Mardi Gras celebration stopped in, Dizzie knelt down and kissed his ring.  The next year, following a gig at Bryant College, Gillespie stopped in on his way home saying he just wanted to stop in Chan's and get something to eat.  He died 5 years later."  John Chan

Open Mic Night

On the final Wednesday of each month from 7 - 10 pm, Chan's provides patrons with the opportunity to take the stage to perform a couple of songs.  Participants need only bring their instruments and sign up that night.  A house band is available to join with and participants will often join with each other to jam.

Keeping the Jazz and Blues Tradition Alive

Through the years, John Chan has been delighted to keep the great American traditions of jazz and blues alive by providing an intimate stage on which it can take place. He marvels at every performance at the great chemistry that takes place between audience and performer because they are so close to each other.

Chan stresses that we are blessed with incredible musical talent in the New England region and he has found the music to be a very gratifying personal experience, thanking all the musicians and fans who have been a part of "Egg Roll, Jazz and Blues Live at Chan's" over the past 32 years.

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