Great news for all jazz aficionados in town longing for a place to hear live jazz music!
New jazz club Boogie opened last weekend in the centre of Zagreb (Margaretska 1 Street) where the former Pepper club used to be. The club opened its doors for the first time last Friday, October 27, with the performance of Azil Jazz Trio.
The Boogie jazz bar project is the brainchild of Tomo Ricov – a famous choreographer, promoter, public figure of Zagreb nightlife and a modern-day influencer. He teamed up with Mladen Vidović to make his idea into reality; which is to offer quality jazz music to both elite jazz connoisseurs and the curious music lovers, who are perhaps not that familiar with the jazz scene (but are willing to learn more).
Zagreb’s brand new Boogie jazz club is a major boost to the cultural offer of the city – along with already more-or-less famous jazz clubs, such as the cool Bacchus near Tomislav square, lovely Melin in Tkalčićeva street, cosy Harmica in Radićeva street, Jazz Cafe near Jarun, Cotton+ Cafe in Zapruđe (Novi Zagreb) as well as other clubs which aren’t exclusively jazz bars, but do offer jazz nights such as Vinyl Bar in Bogovićeva street, O’Harats in Opatovina and Sax Club in Palmotićeva street. However, none of these places come close to the legendary B.P. Club, the legendary jazz bar that closed with the death of its patron – one of the greatest jazz musicians in Croatia and region – Boško Petrović. Boogie is not trying to provide a solace nor replace the famous B.P. Club, but it does seem to provide a ‘gap’ that has been missing in Zagreb nightlife and jazz scene.
The club has three separate spaces – a basement and two floors. The interior of the clubs looks authentic and evokes the old jazz era; old vinyl covers of almost all of the major albums released for “Blue Note” or “Impulse!” adorn the red brick walls, the small stage with red curtain as backdrop and vintage drumkit and synthesizer that allegedly Herbie Hancock played once sets the atmosphere of a true jazz club.
Boogie jazz club will host live music four nights a week, from Wednesday to Sunday. It will include performances by professional Zagreb jazz musicians, also featuring young talent and guest performances of world-renowned foreign jazzers. Famous jazz guitarist Joe Pandur and the team behind Jazz.hr will be in charge of the programme.
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Photos: Boogie Club Facebook