Jazz lover? Take a look at our selection of some of the best jazz clubs from around the globe.
By J.M. Towers
When visiting a new city, many music lovers immediately seek information about the best jazz clubs. This American musical genre has transcended barriers and is ubiquitous in most cosmopolitan cities around the world.
And so sit down, ask for your favorite drink and patiently wait for the lights to illuminate the stage, as we will show you some of the best jazz clubs in the world.
Blue Note, New York, USA.
Danny Bensusan never imagined that the space he founded in 1981 would become one of the great jazz clubs in the US and a unique cultural institution in Greenwich Village. It is a mythical hall that has presented great musicians like Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and Chris Botti, among others.
At the Blue Note artists enjoy the musical freedom they deserve, and jazz lovers have the opportunity to enjoy a calendar that combines different stars, night after night, between 8 PM and 10:30 PM.
Ronnie Scott's, London, England
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the doors of a small club in London`s West End, where local musicians could freely unleash their talent. Today, in its new location in lively Soho, Ronnie Scott's is one of the most famous jazz clubs in England, attracting crowds of fans every night.
Since the early days of Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, and Miles Davis, this club continues to feature the biggest names in jazz, including stars like Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, and Kurt Elling, just to mention three. Today, it is the most famous —and the most visited jazz club in the British capital.
Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, Montreal, Canada
With its classic wood paneling, stone walls, long bar, and elegant tables, Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill is an inspired jazz club that offers lite bites and full meals plus a unique musical experience.
This club has brought artists like Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Ingrid Jensen, David Binney, and Houston Person, among others. Every year, the famous Montreal International Jazz Festival— one of the most important in the world— is held here.
Quasimodo Berlin, Germany
The Quasimodo is one of the most renowned jazz establishments in northern Europe. Located—since 1975—in Charlottenburg, to the west of the German capital, its owner is the Italian Giorgio Carioti, who has turned this beautiful locale into a benchmark of the best jazz.
For over 30 years, great representatives of this genre have experienced here a direct contact with a knowledgeable audience. Artists like Branford Marsalis, Maceo Parker, and Helge Schneider have held widely successful recitals here. In addition to influential jazz players, the club`s program also offers a series of acts featuring other rhythms like funk, blues, soul, Latin, and rock.
New Morning, Paris, France
Jazz music is of particular importance to the French. It was them who took in many jazz musicians from the US and offered them a space of freedom and equality to perform their music. Today, New Morning is the most successful club throughout the country. Located on Rue des Petites Ecuries, this space made its debut in 1981 with a concert by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
Subsequently, it presented artists like Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Robben Ford, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval, and Dexter Gordon. And although primarily is a place for jazz, its stage is no stranger to performers like Bob Dylan and the late Prince. The regulars at this club still remember a very young singer named Amy Winehouse, who received a standing ovation from the enthusiastic audience. ■
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