You Can Do This: Blue Note Jazz Club Opens In Rio de Janeiro

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 09/07/2017 - 03:32 pm

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If you’re looking for reasons to visit Rio de Janerio, here’s another one you can add to your list, and it’s so good we’re thinking about packing a bag and meeting you at the airport. In fact, if you’re a Brazilian music fan you might even see this as a game-changer for Rio’s jazz scene.

Last Thursday, The New York-based Jazz mecca known worldwide as the Blue Note Jazz Club opened the doors of its newest location, nestled in Rio’s posh, upscale neighborhood of Lagoa.

The Blue Note’s original club opened in New York, in 1981. Today you’ll find them on four continents: in Hawaii, California, China, Japan, Italy and Slovakia. Rio’s location is Blue Note’s first in the Southern Hemisphere.

“I started to go to New York’s Blue Note when I was a child, and I have always been fascinated by it,” Blue Note partner Daniel Stain explained to the Rio Times. “In September last year, [my partner] Calainho and I embarked on the project of bringing Blue Note to Rio. Now, the dream is coming true.

“For this project to work, it was fundamental to have good musicians around. Rio seemed to be the perfect place because this is where many musicians stay”.



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Pianist Marcos Ariel is one of Zona Sul’s most active, saying that these new clubs will only enhance Rio’s musical character. “I think the Blue Note in Lagoa will help a lot. We always need great venues for great music.

“Let’s not forget that Show Vinicius is really the only Bossa Nova house in Rio,” he added.  “After 27 years of uninterrupted activity, it’s current renovation will transform it into one of the best music venues in Rio de Janeiro.”

In recent years, Rio’s club scene has largely shifted from its traditional digs in Ipanema and Copacabana to the city’s music and entertainment district in Lapa. Gone is the legendary Jazzmania. But Lagoa is on the rebound, brimming with open-air cafes and restaurants. Earlier this year (and after long absences), both Canecão and the storied ‘80’s Hippopotamus Club announced their rebirths, so Zona Sul’s nightlife future looks bright.

For Rio: Jazz Roots And More

Blue Note Rio’s 8,500 square-foot venue underwent a million-dollar restoration of its own and now seats up to 400 in a cozy, intimate setting: something it has Soutin common with its New York cousin. And just like the original, the new club will remain faithful to its jazz roots while pushing it entertainment envelope in exciting ways. September sees Sergio Mendes, Chick Corea & the Steve Gadd Band, Chris Botti, Hermeto Pascoal and Spyro Gyra sharing stage dates with Baby do Brasil, Jaques Morelenbaum and Banda Black Rio.

“Rio de Janerio is the birth place of four of the most important music genres in Brazil; Choro Music, Samba, Bossa Nova and now, Brazilian Funk,” observed Carlos De Andrade, President of Visom Digital. His Rio-based studio just produced the official video for Anitta’s new single with Poo Bear, ‘Will I See You’, which topped more than 8 million YouTube plays last Sunday, its very first day. 

He continued. “The Blue Note Jazz Club is an iconic brand in music excellence, and the location in Rio's historic Lagoa neighborhood is perfect. I am sure that together they will make history for the best in Brazilian Jazz.”




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Richard Sorce - 09/08/2017 - 05:38 pm

Excellent! I can practically walk to the Blue Note from New Jersey. Been there many times., and hopefully will make it to Rio!