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Cool jazz, cool Madrid

By March 22, 2018 No Comments

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Madrid’s vibrant and diverse live music scene keeps all kinds of genres alive, including timeless jazz. Embrace the night at a blues or jazz bar for a few drinks and soulful tunes that never go out of style. You can also browse through collections of old vinyl, or else head out for some up-tempo soul or funk music, guaranteed to keep your feet tapping all night long. And best of all, you’ll find some incredible music clubs and record shops clustered around Hotel Indigo Madrid — which means cool Madrid is only minutes away.

Bogui Jazz (Calle del Barquillo 29)

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If you’d like to treat yourself to the musical tapestries of some of the best homegrown jazz artists Spain has to offer, plus an impressive selection of international artists, you’ll want to swing by Bogui Jazz. With topnotch performances shaking this venue on a weekly basis from Wednesday to Saturday night, this intimate spot, situated in the arts-infused Las Salesas district (lots of chic restaurants and bistros nearby) offers music lovers roaming the city the opportunity to cap off their evenings with some tasty cocktails and killer jazz sets.

Jazz y Más (Calle de la Palma 28)

Want some jazz on vinyl to take home? Flip through stacks to your heart’s content at Jazz y Más in the heart of Madrid. This enthusiastic staff will be happy to help you find obscure selections not just from the world of jazz but from across a gamut of musical genres, from old gems to contemporary, and on CD as well. Jazz y Más, at its core, is more than a simple record store. It’s one of those precious global locales keeping the legacy of vinyl alive.

Berlin Café (Costanilla de los Ángeles 20)

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Drop by Madrid’s Berlin Café — or book seats ahead of time — and enjoy concerts brought to life by thumping jazz trios and quartets, or perhaps funk-infused mini orchestras, or else blues and flamenco acts setting the stage on fire (metaphorically speaking, of course). The atmosphere here is cozy, the drinks are reasonably priced. Options range from stellar local and international groups showing off their talents, to the club side of Berlin Café, which offers patrons a long list of Spanish and world–renowned DJs modulating the groove, creating the perfect vibe for a night of wild disco moves.

 

La Coquette Blues Bar (Calle de las Hileras 14)undefined

La Coquette Blues Bar, nestled in the heart of Madrid (just a few blocks south of Hotel Indigo Madrid), is the kind of moody, pint-sized musical joint blues fans adore. Head down the steps to this basement establishment, with its grotto-like ambiance, and immerse in a sonic bath of professionally crafted blues. And while the drinks might be on the pricier side, admission is free, which makes up for it. Don’t arrive too fashionably late, though, otherwise you might not find a place to stand in this humming, popular blues spot.

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