Music and entertainment in Jazz Café Costa Rica
by Ivo Henfling
Some might think otherwise but there is great music and entertainment in Costa Rica. A client told me he met a gringo in the hotel who was complaining there was nothing to do in San Jose and he was bored to death. In less than half an hour, I showed the client at least 20 places where there is plenty to do. No need to get bored in Costa Rica, of course depending on what you are looking for.
If you enjoy classical music, you can go to the philharmonic orchestra in the National Theatre several times a month but today I am going to tell you about the Jazz Café Costa Rica. The 3 owners started Jazz café in San Pedro in 1999 and the Jazz café in Escazu was started in 2008. If you have any questions or reservations, you can call them directly at 2253-8933 in San Pedro (next to Banco Popular) and 2288-4740 (across from CIMA hospital on the other side of the highway). Find both Jazz Cafe’s by going to this Google map.
Why do I want to tell you about the Jazz Café? Because they constantly have live music and great entertainment you might like: Jazz, blues, R&B and Latin American folk music are the norm but other musical styles including salsa and rock occasionally fill their stage. Constant participation by well-known international artists has turned them into an active part of the international jazz circuit.
The impressive list of artists performing at the Jazz Café include: Chucho Valdez & Irakere, Dave Weckl, Mike Stern, Julien Lourau, Diego Urcola, Dennis Chambers, Frank Gambale, Steve Smith, Scott Henderson, Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye, Brandon Fields, Trío Mendoza Heredia & Neto, Kevyn Lettau, 4 Vientos, Alicia Vignola, Trío Fattorusso, Luis Salinas, Michael Manring, Alain Caron, Avishai Cohen, Doug Cameron, The Yellowjackets and John Patitucci. Latin Americans including Vicente Feliú, Juanes, Alvaro Aguilar, Grupo Tuira, Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy, De Boca en Boca and Amaury Gutiérrez.
The idea to start the Jazz Café was to become the home of high quality live music, in particular for genres that usually did not get much opportunity in other bars. Fortunately, their proposal was very well received by the public, to the point that Latin Trade Magazine, in 2005, named them Best Bar in San Jose based on a survey among its readers.
Here are some of the artists:
I was at the Jazz Café for the InterNations monthly meeting. InterNations is an Expatriates Community from Expats for Expats but I’ll tell you all about that in another blog soon. That night we had Led Zeppelin live music by FEDERICO MIRANDA & KURT DYER, which is a little heavy for me and it made me think back about my high school time where some of my friends would go crazy on LSD and pot.
If you register on the Jazz café’s website so you can receive their program in English you’ll find out about their weekly entertainment and see if it is interesting to go have couple of drinks and listen to the music you like.
Don’t miss Saturday 20th of April 2013, Geriatric Rock Session ( Classic Rock) LAS TORTUGAS (The Turtles): Good old classic rock n’ roll performed by musicians that truly lived those days. From The Rolling Stones to U2 and from he Beatles to Pink Floyd. The greatest classics of all times.
Show starts: 10:00 PM Cover charge: ¢ 5000
Give it a shot; I enjoyed myself last time I went.
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