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Monday, February 23, 2015

Munich Jazz Clubs

Daily regular flights from Irish airports carry thousands of holiday makers into Munich. While most head straight for the slopes, there are plenty of  attractions in the Bavarian capital to persuade you to dawdle for a day or two. The National Theater on Max Joseph Platz is a major draw for me  but an evening at a jazz club makes a good antidote to the excesses of the Bavarian State Opera. These two jazz clubs are good places to hear high calibre performers and enjoy the local beer.

At Voglers Jazzbar, in Rumfordstrasse, there was a soothing  contemplative vibe  as we heard house regulars Joe Kienemann and Tom Reinbrecht play a terrific set of mellow standards. As always when visiting, Thomas Vogler was on hand to top up your glass and rustle up a spagetti dish. There was lots of events in Munich that evening. (Roger Norrington was conducting at the Gasteig and Andre Rieu was in town -I admit it -I am a fan) Yet, not for one moment did I wish to be somewhere else and I stayed for two sets. Here is the website note for the evening. Particularly lovely was their rendition of  'The Nearness of You'

The Art of the Piano“ mit Joe Kienemann und Tom Reinbrecht!Joe Kienemann  is for me the Grand seigneur of jazz piano.
 "Some young talent you would like to suggest even his technique: comes without gimmicks from breathtaking runs, blinding timing, voluminous in the Middle, safe chords (which comes out almost entirely without pedal), an excellent attack (which makes him a gifted companion) - everything is here in the service of the cause (...)" (SZ)
Tom Reinbrecht known mainly as a soloist and arranger of prominent pop productions such as Paul Carrack (Mike & the mechanics), Bürgermeista (Sony/seven days music) or Lou Bega but also of sought-after as hot lead saxophonist in the Big Band scene (such as Dusko Goykovich, Harald ruffle tree, Al Porcino). Among other things he also played with the New York Voices, Bobby Shew, Jay Ashby, Don Menza... 2o h 3o, entrance only €2,-!

 Unterfahrt in  Eisteinstrasse  with British band Supercharge a seven piece band fronted by Albie Donnelly was a more frenetic affair . The club housed in an underground beer cellar was packed on the night we visited. It is not quite as comfortable as Voglers and has a  more student union bar vibe although the clientele were mostly middle aged and in midweek chill rather than weekend party  mode. Fun nonetheless!

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