Barcelona is a city that loves all music and offers a thriving Jazz scene. Swing time jazz is especially popular, though you can find all kinds of jazz styles here and jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and Brad Meldhau have visited the city.
Here are some venues to look out for if you feel like checking out Barcelona’s jazz scene.
Café Vienés at the Casa Fuster
The Casa Fuster is a beautiful art nouveau hotel and also an amazing jazz venue in Barcelona. Every Thursday night from 9pm until 11pm the “Café Vienés” turns into an exclusive jazz club where famous jazz artists such as the Yoshida Brothers, Eddy Davis, The New Orleans Rag Trio, and The Barcelona Swing Serenaders have played.
The Hotel Casa Fuster was used by Woody Allen to film some of the scenes in his Academy award-winning, ‘Vicky Cristina, Barcelona’. Woody Allen himself has also performed at the Café Vienés.
This being Barcelona, the performances are accompanied by a tapas tasting menu.
Harlem Jazz Club
Located down an atmospheric street in the old town this is one of Barcelona’s most famous jazz venues.
This is the perfect place to head to hear jazz, funk and soul every night of the week. Early evening you can hear live music, from around 12 onwards you can dance to local DJs getting the crowd up on their feet.
Jamboree (which means ‘tribal reunion’ in Zulu) is another one of Barcelona’s jazz icons. This venue has been graced by famed jazz musicians such as Chet Baker, Bill Coleman, Kenny Drew, Lou Bennet, Stéphan Grappelli, Kenny Clarke, Ornette Coleman and Dexter Gordon.
Jamboree hosts jazz, Latin or blues gigs by mainly Spanish groups every night of the week. On Mondays the popular WTF jazz jam session is filled with a young local crowd while upstairs in the sister venue Los Tarantos live flamenco shows take place.
Located on Plaça Reial in the heart of the old town and just a stone’s throw from Las Ramblas, the location could not be more atmospheric.
The Silken Gran Hotel – cocktails & swing
A more upmarket affair takes place in the plush settings of the Silken Gran Hotel takes place every Friday from 7:30 to 9 pm.
The Silken Gran Hotel offers a Jazz-Swing music concert while you enjoy cocktails. Each week offers the opportunity to hear different musical trios, both national and international, combining different styles.
In July and August the Festival Cafe Grec offers the chance to hear some world class Jazz musicians in some unusual and interesting venues, some of which do not usually operate as live music venues. The gardens of the Miro Foundation on Montjuic and the Teatre Grec, or Greek Theatre itself, on Montjuïc are both wonderful venues for live music. Greats such as non other than Miles Davis himself, Pat Metheny and Keith Jarrett have played here.
Another place to catch some great live jazz Performances is L’Auditori on Calle Padilla, where the likes of the Brad Meldhau Trio, Winton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock have played over the years.