Besides my passions for food and art, I have always been a jazz buff. As a teen growing up in New York, I would stalk the clubs, listening from the street, sneaking into festival concerts during intermission, going to every free performance I could manage. I saw so many ‘greats:’ Diz, Basie, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, Ella. You name ‘em, I saw ‘em. That golden era is a memory, but “the melody lingers on”.
Here in our capital loca there is a small but healthy jazz scene, and I like to go and listen to live music. So it was a tuneful pleasure to discover Blue Monk Jazz Bistro, located just north of Polanco. This room, open since early 2011, was the rebirth of Papabetos, a club that lost its bearings to the wrecking ball. The club is run by Yuko Fujino, an affable Japanese ex-pat and music lover. Yuko-san hangs out and schmoozes with musicians and customers like a good club-owner should. The airy, rectangular space is just right for music, neither too big nor too cramped to listen. The sound system is pro, and thankfully, set at a perfect volume for hearing the subtle details of this, America’s classical music.
The club is open for lunch daily; check the schedule for live shows, which usually take place Friday and Saturday at 10. Cover fees vary, usually hovering around $150. If you want to be sure what kind of music you are going to see, simply do a search on Youtube – most musicians can be sampled. There is ample parking on the street and/or valet service.
See my previous jazz related post: http://goodfoodmexicocity.blogspot.mx/2011/06/jazz-and-cocktails-divas-go-mexican.html
Blue Monk Jazz Bistro
Bahía de San Hipólito 51, Colonia Anáhuac
Tel. 5525-0755, 4432-4425
Open Monday - Saturday from 1:30 PM
In the centro, visit:
Zinco Jazz Club
Motolinia 20 (basement)
Tel: 5512-3369 , Open Wednesday-Sunday, from 9pm
The best jazz club in the city is in the basement of an Aztec-Deco office building and will remind aficionados of the Village Vanguard in New York. Local groups headline; check their webpage for schedule.
For those who read Spanish, see this interesting interview with the author:
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