Milan’s Blue Note Milano is one of the most popular European jazz venues. Member of the “Blue Note family”, alongside the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City and the Blue Note in Tokyo and Nagoya, it represents the perfect example of a successful jazz club: high-profile musicians, an incredible setting, top-class acoustics, wide selection of food and drinks and plenty of fun!
Since opening its doors on March 19th 2003, the Blue Note Milano has seen nothing but success coming its way. Situated at via Borsieri 37, in Milan’s Isola neighbourhood, it has established itself as one of the most important jazz venues for musicians touring Europe. A rich weekly schedule, a sophisticated restaurant and a bar that serves over 200 cocktails and Italian and French wines, make the Blue Note Milano one of the best music club for artists and fans alike.
Milan, the European Capital of Fashion and…Jazz!
Milan is a very popular travel destination, which is often referred to as the European fashion and shopping capital. However, to all those with a passion for music, the city is known for a special place: the Blue Note. Following the footsteps of the Blue Note in New York City, one of the most prestigious jazz venues in the world, the Blue Note Milano has been on a mission to present top class acts to its audience.
Each week, from Tuesday to Sunday – from September to May – the club hosts shows by some of the most prominent members of the international, as well as the local, music scenes. Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Miller, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Incognito are among those who have stopped by the Blue Note Milano while on tour in Europe. The list of Italian performers, who are familiar faces to the audience of the Blue Note Milano includes big names such as Mario Biondi, Paolo Fresu, Ornella Vanoni and Enrico Rava.
The club presents live music six days a week for a total of about 350 gigs each year. Each night, the venue hosts two gigs: one at 9pm followed by the late night gig 11pm (11:30pm during weekends). Furthermore, the Blue Note Milano also holds a Sunday Brunch, every Sunday. The event, a tradition inherited from the Big Apple, is a great experience for the whole family. The rich menu includes a variety of treats, from the Continental breakfast to salads and desserts. The “Isola dell’Infanzia” (Italian for “Childhood Island”) is a fun space where children from age 2 to 12 can play boardgames, draw and do plenty of entertaining activities with the staff of the “TataDok” school. The special ingredient of the Sunday Brunch is… live music! In fact, every brunch features a live performance (from 1pm) that presents a wide repertoire of jazz standards.
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More Food, Cocktails and an Open-Air Festival
The Blue Note Milano is also famous for its classy restaurant, which combines a delicious gastronomic experience with a musical one (courtesy of Radio Monte Carlo). Its menu includes a broad variety of appetizers, grilled meat, shrimps and fish, exotic treats like the Thai rice and different desserts. The list of beverages served by the Blue Note restaurant includes over 200 cocktails and an impressive selection of Italian and French wines. The restaurant is open from 7:30pm to 12am.
In addition to its explosive weekly schedule, excellent food and cocktails, the Blue Note Milano in collaboration with the Valle d’Aosta region, presents Musicastelle in Blue. This series of concerts, which has been organized the last four summers, takes place in the stunning 1800s fort at Piazza d’Armi del Forte di Bard in Valle D’Aosta. In the past, the event has welcomed shows by artists like George Benson, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Maceo Parker.
Benvenuti, welcome to the Blue Note Milano…one of the élite music venues in the world!
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Via Borsieri 37, Milan, Italy