PHILIPPINES Jazz Clubs
Komunitas Cafe. Golden Fatmawati Blok B-41/42, Jl. RS Fatmawati No. 15, South Jakarta, Jakarta 12420. [Open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Tucked away in a hidden spot within a commercial complex in Fatmawati, South Jakarta, the Komunitas Café and Jazz Bar usually holds monthly jazz performances and open mic nights one Saturday per month.
The performers are usually either established musicians or the young members of the city’s jazz community holding jam sessions. Such musicians who have played at the café’s jazz nights include guitarist Totong Wicaksono and singer Imelda Rosalin. Aside from these monthly nights, the café occasionally holds acoustic events.
When an event is not taking place at the café, its location can serve as a tranquil refuge from the hustle and bustle of the main roads, as one can enjoy a peaceful meal or coffee with jazz as background music, not the sound of the road.]
Largo Bistrot. Jl. Benda Raya 7A, Kemang, South Jakarta. [Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday to Saturday. Largo is situated on Jl. Benda Raya in Kemang, South Jakarta and offers weekly live jazz music every week. The French-themed bistro is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and open until 2 a.m. on the weekends.
The bistro offers weekly performances on Fridays and Saturdays usually playing jazz, or jazz-tinged soul or R&B music, with the performers usually curated by Largo’s musical director and occasional chef Aksan Sjuman, who is known for his past role as drummer of Indonesian rock band Dewa 19. The bistro also holds occasional concert events.
Riza Arshad and Mian Tiara have graced the bistro’s stage in the past and jazz singer Rahel Pradika will perform on Fridays at the restaurant.]
Red White Lounge. Jl. Kemang Raya 16B, Kemang, South Jakarta, [open Wednesdays to Sundays, 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.. The Red White Lounge is a jazz club located in Kemang, South Jakarta, run and owned by renowned Indonesian jazz pianist and composer Indra Lesmana.
The venue is one of the more active live jazz venues, with performances almost every day of the week, and has the atmosphere of a conventional jazz bar (dim lighting, a floor-level stage, a well-stocked bar).
Performances and jam sessions are usually held from Wednesdays to Sundays and usually feature lesser known and established musicians. Indra Lesmana occasionally performs with his jazz band every month. Workshops and musician master classes are also held at the venue.
Entrance to the venue usually costs from Rp 60,000 (US$5.22) to Rp 100,000, depending on who is performing.]
Black Cat. Plaza Senayan Arcadia Units X – 208/209, Jl. New Delhi – Pintu I, Senayan, South Jakarta. [Open Monday – Sunday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.. The Black Cat Jazz and Blues Bar is an upscale jazz bar and restaurant located in the Arcadia Senayan building, Plaza Senayan mall complex, South Jakarta.
The dimly-lit and well-attended bar features live jazz music every day at 9 p.m. and the performers mostly consist of established jazz and/or blues musicians.
On Thursdays and Saturdays however, the bar usually plays pop music and twice a month the bar also has “classic rock” nights.
Open mic nights are also held two Mondays a month, giving the chance for aspiring jazz musicians to take the helm at one of Jakarta’s well-known jazz gathering places.]
Serambi Jazz at Goethe Haus. Jl. Sam Ratulangi 9-15, Menteng, Central Jakarta. — JP [ Serambi Jazz is a bimonthly program held at the Goethe Institut in Menteng, Central Jakarta, which usually features performances by established German and/or Indonesian jazz musicians. The event is held at the institute’s own event hall, Goethe Haus. Aside from performances, Serambi Jazz also holds musical workshops run by the performing artists, where musicians can exchange their talent and knowledge in developing their Jazz music skills.]
Monk's Dream Bar & Restaurant. G/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City. Tel: 632-8980380 Fax: 632-8980340 [contact: Augusto C. Lagman. We're a Cajun-American Restaurant. Open for breakfast,lunch and dinner. Entertainment every Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Show starts at 9:00pm]
Penguin Gallery 9815 Kamagong St. San Antonio Village. Makati City.
Boy Katindig Jazz Cafe. 108 G Strip, Greenhills Shopping Center. SAN JUAN Tel: +632-584-0051. [contact: Kool Jazz Collective Ent. Corp. Manila's Premier Jazz Club featuring Jazz Pianist, Boy Katindig on weekends and upcoming jazz artists on weekdays. Open Mon-Sat from 5:30PM to 1:30AM.]
Ten 02 Bar and Resto. 45 B Scout Ybardolaza Street. Tel: +63 2 4127572 [contact: Myra Romero. Cozy music bar and restaurant with the sounds of live jazz - improvisation, swing, latin-beat, bossanova, and more. Open from Monday thru Saturday. Shows starts at 9:30 p.m. We serve a variety of appetizers, entrees, wines, and desserts.]