This article is for real jazz lovers and for all those who have asked themselves “where can I find a great jazz club in Istanbul?”
Nardis Jazz Club, with its rich weekly schedule, has established itself as Istanbul’s hottest up and coming jazz venues. Praised by tourists and loved by locals, it’s the first choice for jazz enthusiasts in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Whether you stop by during the week or on Saturdays, you can be sure that you will find some of the most talented local acts or one of the many international guests regularly presented by Nardis.
Named after a Miles Davis’ composition that has come to be often associated with Bill Evans, Nardis Jazz Club is the leader of the modern jazz clubs in Istanbul. Located near the Galata Tower, the venue, which is run by jazz guitarist Önder Focan and his wife Zuhal, is the premier choice for the city’s coolest jazz cats.
Nardis Loves Its Jazz
Nardis loves its jazz and, most importantly, it loves people. This is why, while other venues shut their doors to up and coming artists, Nardis Jazz Club proudly welcomes gifted amateurs. For them, it’s probably the city’s most prestigious jazz venue and gives them the opportunity to perform in front of one of the country’s most welcoming and passionate crowds.
With a great atmosphere that resembles that of New York‘s famous jazz clubs, Nardis, with its excellent acoustics, make sure that musicians can play at their best.
Nardis Jazz Club has been the first choice for numerous foreign jazzmen and women who have had incredible sold-out performances there.
Önder and Zuhal make sure that, in the club’s rich monthly schedule, there is always some critically-acclaimed international star.
In addition to the regular programme, Nardis also presents various special events. Exclusive shows like the rising stars showcase Nardis Jazz Vocal Competition or the Garanti Jazz Concerts, series of concerts that brings world class guests to Nardis. The Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio (8-9 May), virtuoso pianist Marian Petrescu and his Marian Petrescu Trio (22-23 May) and the Ulf Wakenius Quartet (27-28 May) will be the stars of the upcoming Garanti Jazz Concerts.
Everybody Loves Nardis
Today, Nardis is considered the leader of the modern jazz clubs in Istanbul. From Monday to Thursday, starting from 9:30 pm, the venue opens its doors to talented jazz artists. On Fridays and Saturdays, the night of jazz begins at 10:30 pm. And jazz music is presented in many different forms: classic, modern, fusion, mainstream and ethnic.
For performers, Nardis Jazz Club provides a unique stage for concerts in a great club atmosphere. For guests, it’s the city’s hottest live music venue. Because of its high popularity and the fact that it seats about 120 guests, it’s always better to hurry and get tickets in advance.
Get lost in jazz in the heart of the city after a visit to the historical district where the Galata Tower and Nardis are located. Enjoy great live jazz with a drink and a very special choice of finger food, pastas, salads, fillet steaks and chicken served with a variety of exotic dressings.
Locals love Nardis, because it brings together Turkish culture and the jazz tradition of the great jazz clubs from the States. In fact, Nardis is so intimate, so cool and so New Orleans that you may have to pinch yourself to see if you are indeed in Istanbul.
Everybody loves Nardis Jazz Club and, after a night at the club, with fantastic jazz music in the air, you will love it too.
Kuledibi Sok. 14, Galata, Istanbul