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The Globe's Coolest Jazz Hangouts
The Globe's Coolest Jazz Hangouts

There are few musical genres that perfectly match a relaxing night out in town than jazz. Wherever in the world you are staying, jazz can easily be found in all kinds of dusky bars and venues.

If you are looking to revel in these atmospheric places, with their low lights, one-of-a-kind interiors and electric acts, then make sure to take a trip to one of the following legendary jazz hangouts.

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club – London
One of Soho's coolest jazz venues, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club has been entertaining jazz fans since 1959, and has welcomed stars such as Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and Jimi Hendrix over the years. Today the venue is still just as popular, so make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Porgy and Bess – Vienna
A short walk through the beautiful heart of Vienna takes guests of Palais Hansen Kempinski to Porgy and Bess, one of the most charming jazz clubs in the city. Beautiful deep colours fill Porgy and Bess, and this compact venue has space for up to 350 visitors, so everyone is guaranteed a great seat when enjoying brilliant local and international jazz acts.

Venice Jazz Club – Venice
If you are staying at San Clemente Palace Kempinski, make sure to spend an evening at Venice Jazz Club, one of the only jazz venues in the Queen of the Adriatic. Perfect for a romantic night for two, the club's unique atmosphere, excellent performers, candlelit tables and large wine selection are unbeatable.

Blue Note – New York City
A New York institution, Blue Note Jazz Club is a must visit if you are travelling to one of the original homes of East Coast jazz. The club hosts a range of American and international performers and groups, covering every sub-genre and time period imaginable. Sit down, order something delicious and chill out to some wonderful jazz.

The Blue Note, NY

Reduta – Prague
A visit to one of Europe's prettiest cities should always be combined with a visit to one of Prague's cultural institutions, Reduta. Despite experiencing oppression in the mid-20th century, the club is not closing its doors any time soon, opening every night of the week and hosting amazing acts – in the past it has welcomed Wynton Marsalis, Ronnie Scott and Bill Clinton!

B-Flat – Berlin
With an industrial feel that is popular with all kinds of jazz lovers, Berlin's B-Flat is a relaxed jazz club perfect for a late-night outing. Whether you are looking for a more free-form sound at the venue's well-known Wednesday “jam sessions” or wanting to see an renowned international act, there is a lot to like about B-Flat, and it is easily reached by visitors to both Kempinski Hotel Bristol and Hotel Adlon Kempinski.

Harlem Jazz Club – Barcelona
Most might think of Barcelona's music scene as being mainly focused on nightclubs and indie rock, but the city also hosts a huge array of jazz acts too. To see some of the best, take a stroll through the Gothic Quarter to Harlem Jazz Club, where you will find night after night of great players. Swing, funk, blues – it is all here.

La Zorra y el Cuervo – Havana
Translating to the “Fox & Crow”, La Zorra y el Cuervo is possibly the most well-known jazz club in Havana and can be identified by a red telephone box outside the entrance. Guests staying at Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, are sure to enjoy the dim and intimate feel of this basement level club, where live music takes priority over everything else - open from 22:00 until 2:00 every day. This club is a must visit for jazz enthusiasts and is sure to be a highlight of your stay in Havana.

Want to know if there are any other great jazz clubs in your chosen destination, contact us and one of our team will be happy to help.

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