Rio – New York Connection

The New York cultural heritage club Blue Note, opened its first Southern Hemisphere branch in Rio de Janeiro. Recently opened in the city, the space originally created in New York 1981 by Danny Bensusan, can also be found in Japan (Tokyo and Nagoya), Italy (Milan), China (Peking) and the USA (California and Hawaii). Historically the stage of shows dedicated to jazz, in Rio it is no different, with regular shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Programming began after the three opening days that featured names like Dori Caymmi, Leny Andrade, Marcos Valle, Roberinho Silva and many others. Blue Note Rio seeks to bring contemporary musicians, providing the intimacy that only jazz clubs can offer. “We decided when we arrived in Brazil to celebrate and favor our jazz and musical artists in a great tribute to the art of our country”, said Luiz Calainho. Businessman Luiz Calainho, considered one of the main backer in the country’s art, culture and entertainment market, is responsible for bringing Blue Note to Rio.

With national and international highlights on the jazz scene every month, Blue Note Rio also has a resident band and a large list of artists scheduled for the second half of the year. Chick Corea & Steve Gadd Band, Sergio Mendes, Maceo Parker, Chris Botti, Hermeto Pascoal, Spyro Gyra, Teresa Salgueiro (Madredeus), Anne Paceo, Baby do Brasil, Didier Lockwood and Jaques Morelenbaum, are some of the shows scheduled. In the year that jazz turns 100, the club promises to stand out. Located in the Complexo Lagoon in a space of 800m², Blue Note Rio has a 350-person capacity, two bars, restaurant and state-of-the-art light and sound system; and beginning in October will also function as a gourmet center under the direction of chef Pedro de Artagão. Following the brand’s standard, there will always be two sets per night and, at the end of the first, the public must leave the club within 30 minutes for the second set.


Av. Borges de Medeiros, 1424 Complexo Lagoon - Lagoa
Rio de Janeiro - RJ

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