Aug 18

The First Valamar Jazz Festival. Porec, Istria, Croatia. Festival Diary

July 8th. 2010

Long drive from Brussels 1350 km. Just to add to the joys blew out a rear tyre on the car around 6.00am en route to Stuttgart. The wheel having been put on at a tyre centre and the bolts tightened with Valamar Jazz Festival a pneumatic device - impossible to loosen the wheel. Had to call out a mechanic to do this for me. Wheel brace and around two metres of steel tubing and it was still a strain.

Arrived in Porec after midnight. The spare type causing vibration so had to keep my speed down. Weather very hot indeed. Mirna Cubranic, production Valamar Jazz Porec, was very kindly awaiting our arrival at the press office at the Riviera Hotel. Designated the hotel where we were going to stay and provided a taxi to lead us there.

Looked at the sea and the swimming pool from the balcony - briefly. Then bed. Woke up around 8.00am. Blue skies. Blue sea. Sun shining. 'This is the life ' said I.

Aug 18

Hot Clube De Portugal - Fire Totally Destroys This Historic Club

When I put Jazz Clubs Worldwide online some thirteen years ago, the very first club to send me information was the Hot Clube de Portugal. So it is with considerable sadness, following on from a call on Skype from Claude Moreira, that I must tell you that The Club has been totally destroyed by fire. Not only The Club, but musical instruments, and an irreplaceable collection of recordings and archive material.

The Hot Clube de Portugal was founded in 1948 and is one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world. Many international names and bands have appeared there and it also provided a venue for more local talent and took a keen interest in young musicians and their jazz education.

hot club of PortugalThe club was situated in the basement of building that was a part of an official a local government complex. It would seem that not much attention had been directed to the proper maintenance of the building. The rebirth of the Hot Clube de Portugal depends very much upon what input the local government administration is prepared to initiate.

Claude Moreira would be very happy to receive the support of the international jazz community, not particularly money, but both vocal and written support to ensure that the political decision makers can see that the demise of such a valuable institution should not be allowed to occur.