Jazz for some of you more than a musical genre is kind of a lifestyle and Barcelona is a great city to enjoy that “way of life” for its bohemian and cosmopolitan atmosphere. But, where the best artists play when they visit the Catalan capital? To give you an idea, ShBarcelona‘s blog try to list some of the best places to go…
–Harlem Jazz Club: This is undoubtedly one of the best places in Barcelona to listen to live jazz. With a limited capacity of about 100 people, it is a small place but always warm and welcoming, packed when there are live performances. There are concerts of jazz, soul, blues, African music, or even flamenco, every day of the week except Monday, between 9.30pm until 3am or so. On Fridays and Saturdays you can even dance until 5am. The Harlem Jazz Club is located in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, which adds to this space some charm and appeal. Address: Carrer Comtessa de Sobradiel 8. Tel: 93 310 07 55
–Jamboree: this legendary concert hall and nightclub located in the Plaza Real, next to the emblematic Rambla, since 1960, specializes in jazz and blues sessions, and also in funk and hip-hop music, with live performances every day of the week . Go down the stairs to the underground room to begin to vibrate with the rhythms and notes of the most important national and international jazz artists, as well as with the local big promises. The Jamboree has been acclaimed by musical media, by programmers and even by the Barcelona City Council, which awarded it with the Gold Medal for Artistic Merit in 2010. Address: Plaza Reial 18. Tel: 933 19 17 89.
–Jazzsí Club: despite the name of this excellent local in Raval, depends on what day of the week you go you will find a jazz session, Cuban music, a performance of rock-pop-blues-funk, and even a tablao flamenco. This club is, in fact, a music workshop in which teachers and students of the Taller de Musics meet each other and share their knowledge or enjoy together, with the audience, jam sessions. They also hold conferences and seminars of all kinds there. Find out which day is best to go to depending on your music tastes consulting its program. Address: Carrer de Requesens 2. Tel: 933 29 00 20.
–Bel-Luna: the Bel-Luna is a restaurant and jazz club in which, while you taste typical dishes of Mediterranean cuisine you can listen to live music. Selected artists as Larry Corryel, Ron Carter, Roy Hardgrowe and Sheila Jordan have performed in the Bel-Luna jam sessions, starting on 10’30pm. After having dinner you can also take a drink or a cocktail, or go directly to the concert and order a drink at a very affordable price. In addition, the Bel-Luna encourages new artists or whoever that wants to play, to participate in Wednesday sessions. Address: Rambla Catalunya 5. Tel: 93 302 22 21.
–Jazzman: this jazz club located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, near the Sagrada Familia, opened in 1979. It is a place of small dimensions but with two floors that divide it into two charming rooms, as it would be a “jazz little temple”. Every Tuesday and Wednesday they offer live performances on the top floor, and is often frequented by great jazz lovers for its atmosphere of authenticity. Even sometimes Jazzman owner starts to sing in one of the performances … Don’t miss it!. Address: Carrer de Roger de Flor 238. Tel: 667 618 593.