But the centerpiece, first and foremost, is the music and Dearing keeps some of the best musicians in town under his employ. Bert's Marketplace has been showcasing the best in local and regional jazz talent since the late 1980s.
â€œIt is not unusual to see and find that all the finest musicians in town eventually come here to jam. Martha Reeves is a regular. Wynton Marsalis sat in with our house band and played for two hours one night. Branford Marsalis, B.B. King, Chaka Khan, Betty Carter, Danny DeVito, James Carter, even Boy George showed up one night.â€? (as reported by allthatjazz.com)This is truly what makes Bert's, â€œTHE PLACE WHERE LEGENDS MEETâ€?.