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Jazz café Ubud

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The Jazz Café Ubud opened in December 1996 as the first live jazz venue on the island of Bali. Its 200 guests seating capacity, a sophisticated bar and unique interior, which combines modern style with elements of traditional Balinese architecture, make it one of the most comfy live music venues in Indonesia. Its schedule – with shows every single night – features Bali’s finest resident musicians and top international acts that represent a broad variety of music genres, from jazz and funk to blues, R&B, reggae and Indonesian fusion. From March 3rd to 8th, Jazz Café Ubud and other venues will also host the Bali Live Festival, event that takes place right after the Java Jazz Fest and that brings international stars like Incognito, Earth, Wind & Fire, Magnus Lindgren and Tania Maria to Bali.

The Jazz Café Ubud, located just a few kilometers from the Indian Ocean, has been Bali’s first jazz venue and one of the island’s most popular music clubs. Seating up to 200 people, the Jazz Café is famous among locals for being a sophisticated, partly open-air, partly indoor, setting with a choice of traditional table dining, lesehan style “Bales” and seatings set within a beautiful tropical garden. Since opening its doors in December 1996, the Jazz Café Ubud has impressed guests for its décor, which combines a perfect blend of modern style with elements of traditional Balinese architecture, as well as for its hot live music.

Live music seven days a week

Jazz Café Ubud

Jazz Café Ubud presents live music seven days a week | Picture Credits: www.jazzcafebali.com

For 18 years, the Jazz Café Ubud has been the place to be to listen to some of the best live music in Indonesia. A rich schedule, with concerts every night, undoubtedly puts the Jazz Café among the most hard-working jazz clubs in the world. Usually,Monday at the Jazz Café is the time of the week reserved to the jazz vibe of the Icang Rahimy Trio. Vocalist Dennisha Sinay, guitarist Icang Rahimy and double bass player Fendy present a repertoire that blends classic and progressive jazz sounds. On Tuesdays, the Jazz Café hosts the Magic Mushroom Blues. The band, fronted by Imelda Joplin, who is often described as a mix of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, presents a glass-shattering show of blues and rock.

Wednesdays at the Jazz Café Ubud are dedicated to Latin nights! The Indonesian band Buena Tierra sounds like your typical Latin band: energetic music, catchy lyrics – the band, though Indonesian, displays incredible talent singing fluently in Spanish – and a bunch of people dancing. If you love salsa, you should definitely stop by the café on Wednesday because, in addition to the concerts, the venue hosts its own salsa dance lessons with professional dance teachers Made and Nia. No better way to spend a Wednesday night!

After displaying your salsa dancing skills on Wednesday, you should head back to the Jazz Café Ubud on Thursdays. Why? Well, that’s karaoke night!!! You can step on stage with your friends and show your singing skills for five minutes of fame, while you are backed up by an incredible live band. Or, if you prefer, grab an instrument and get ready for a short live performance in front of the audience of the Jazz Café Ubud. On Friday, the program goes back to a more standard format, with gigs by Nancy Ponto and the Soul Brothers. The young Nancy is a genuine soul diva and has quickly established herself as one of the best Asian soul and modern jazz singers. Her emotional and powerful vocal performances are supported by the soul and funky rhythms of the Soul Brothers, a band that is very well-known on the island of Bali.

Saturday nights at the Jazz Café Ubud are always a special occasion. That’s when venue presents shows by special guest. Some of the best local bands and international artists touring Asia bring their hot live music to the Jazz Café. Multi-talented artist, beatboxer and finalist of the popular tv show America’s Got Talent Butterscotch, singer-songwriter and guitarist Emily Elbert, boogie-woogie and bluesman  Mitch Woods and Leslie Lembo are just some of the international acts that have performed during the Saturday night gigs at the Jazz Café.

Listen to some of the Jazz Café Ubud’s past performers

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The week at the Jazz Café Ubud ends with the relaxing acoustic smooth jazz sounds of the Jeko Fauzy Trio featuring Indra Gupta and Nancy Ponto. Singer Nancy Ponto joins eclectic guitarist Jeko Fauzy, known for his original interpretations of jazz standards, and Indra, an island’s favourite on the double bass.

In addition that for its music, the Jazz Café Ubud is very popular for its bar and bistro. The bar really spoils the customers with an extensive and exclusive selection of signature and classic cocktails, as well as imported wines and champagnes to cater for an affordable budget. A night at the Jazz Café Ubud wouldn’t be perfect without trying something from the bistro. The menu presents a modern blend of European/international cuisine and Asian treats carefully prepared by a team of chefs that delight people with their food just like musicians do with their music.

Bali Live Festival: Java Jazz goes to Bali!

This year, the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, or simply Java Jazz Fest to its fans, celebrates its 10th anniversary. The event, which is one of the largest jazz happenings in the world, brings some of the very best international musicians around to Indonesia. The legendary Earth, Wind & Fire, the acid jazz sounds of Incognito, Swedish jazzman Magnus Lindgren and Brazilian star Tania Maria are some of the headliners set to perform at the festival (February 28th – March 2nd). This March, Indonesia jazz fans will have the luck to enjoy a double ration of jazz! In fact, after performing in Jakarta, some of the Java Jazz Fest main acts will travel to Bali for the Bali Live Festival. The happening, scheduled from March 3rd to 8th, will see some the Java Jazz Fest’s headliners bring their talent in different venues around the island of Bali. A series of pre-events from March 3rd to 7th will be followed by the special event of March 8th. On March 4th, the Jazz Café Ubud will host a concert by British soul singer Omar and Playas Gotta Play featuring D. Note Harris and Robert Turner.

Music from the Bali Live Festival

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If you are in Bali in time for the Bali Live Festival, you should get ready for a big, big party! If you happen to visit Bali the rest of the year, you can still party every single night with the hot live music of the Jazz Café Ubud.

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Venue Details:

Jazz Café Ubud

Jalan Sukma, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Info: info@jazzcafebali.com

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