A young generation of jazz players is conquering Istanbul. It is amazing how many new, little clubs have been started last year.
There is a lot of enthusiasm and a new crowd of Istanbul music lovers who discover jazz. The new generation of jazz players are willing to perform for little money because they are so eager to play their music. American modern jazz, but also Turkish jazz with Arabesque or Anatolian riffs.
I am lucky to live in a city where the jazz scene is still growing and revitalizing itself.
I am looking forward to the International Jazz Festival in Istanbul from July 1 till July 18.
Jazz venues in Istanbul:
Location: Galata Kulesi Sokak No.8, close to the Galata tower
Tel. 0212 244 6327
Location: Borusan Music and Art House (Müzik Evi)
İstiklal Caddesi, Orhan Adli Apaydın Sokak No:1
Tel. 0212 336 32 80
Location: Firuzağa Mah. Hayriye Caddesi No.12
Beyoğlu; behind Galatasaray High School
Tel. 0212 2459980
If you want to read more about the jazz scene in Istanbul check out this story in The New York Times