For me one of the really great things about travel is the opportunity to seek out some jazz clubs. Sometimes to listen, sometimes a chance to sit-in with the band playing on that particular night. I think there is no anticipation like wandering into some previously unvisited jazz club. The quality of the music can and does vary, but if you are a stranger in town, it still is far preferable to sitting around the bar in the hotel watching 'the box'. I have scores of memories. Thad Jones in Zürich. Lou Donaldson and Buddy Defranco, in Hamburg. Johnny Griffin in Paris. Peter King in London. A whole host of a places and musicians known and unknown, very many with a level of talent and originality that belies their relative obscurity.
Twelve years On-line November 2008...
And so... Jazz Clubs Of The World...An attempt to provide a source of information about jazz clubs and other jazz venues wherever you might find yourself. A very big task! Well everything has to start somewhere. What I need is info, not particularly about the bands and the musicians, though this would be interesting, but the jazz clubs, where, when, what kind of jazz if there is a house policy, who is the patron, telephone number, etc.etc.etc. Submit the details on the interactive form provided and I will list your contribution. I need your input now!
Best Regards, Peter Maguire. Bruxelles. November 1996.
Ten years this coming November. I am in the process of doing another design makeover and in the future I am hoping to be able to spend a greater percentage of my time developing Jazz Clubs Worldwide. Jazz Clubs Worldwide continues to bring in worldwide email. The ramifications of the international appreciation of what I and many others consider to be an art form of supreme importance engenders in me deep satisfaction and re-enforces the notion that Jazz, this most civilized form of music making, continues to attract and develop global appreciation.
Best wishes. Peter Maguire. Bruxelles. April 2008