Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Swinging Bangkok: A Night Out with Jazz

See the locations on Bangkok Jazz Google Map

Bangkok is rich of Jazz Bars. And rich of Thai Jazz Musicans. The best locations for Jazz:

Brown Sugar Pub & Restaurant: 231/20 Sarasin Road. "An excellent jazz bar that showcases great local jazz musicians. In addition to jazz standards voiced by able singers, as the night moves on, rock and pop influenced music comes to the fore", writes Brian Jungwiwattanapron. See a video of Mellow Motif, playing at Brown Sugar.


Cotton Jazz Bar: 3 Floor Shanghai Mansion Bangkok Hotel, 479-481 Yaowarat Road. In a former Chinese Opera house. Thai jazz artists like Siam Swing Band, Harmony and Marshmallow play all types of jazz, from avante-garde to bebop to jazzy interpretations of classic pop songs. See video. Open daily from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm.


Jazz@Vie: See videos on Facebook. See video of Koh Mr Saxman.


Jazz Happens: 62 Phra Athit Rd. This bar on the 2nd floor of Bar Bali is run by Silpakorn University’s Faculty of Jazz, the performers are students or teachers. Homepage at hi5.com. See videos on Facebook

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Mello Yello Jazz & more: RCA, Zone S. Mon - Sat: 6.30 pm - 2.00 am.


Niu's on Silom: Between Silom Soi 17 and Soi 19 at Baan Silom Arcade. Italian and Thai dishes, international and Thai musicians, especially emerging musicians from Mahidol University. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com


Saxophone Pub: 3/8 Victory Monument, Phyathai Road. "The Saxophone Pub and Restaurant is a favorite venue for local Thai and foreign music fans. Saxophone hosts a variety of music acts every night from local jazz groups playing standards to acoustic guitarists, big band, and the blues along with T – Bone, the fathers of Thai Reggae, who play every Friday night", writes Brian Jungwiwattanapron. See pictures by Nonchalante.


The Bamboo Bar:: At Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 48 Oriental Avenue.


The Living Room: 1st Floor, Sheraton Grande, 250 Sukhumvit Rd.


If you like to learn more about Thai Jazz, look out for these
Thai jazz musicians:

Mellow Motif เมลโลว์ โมทิฟ: Jazz and Brazilian Music. With singer Oong Natasha Patamapongs โอ่ง ณัฐชา ปัทมพงศ์. Mellow Motif is composed by Natasha Patamapongs (Oong/โอ่ง, vocalist, producer, arranger), Eugene Ang (ยูจีน, pianist, arranger, composer), Chanutr Techatana-nan (Hong/ฮง, drums), Pornchart Viriyapark (Oh/โอ๋, acoustic bass) and Sarit Tanpensuk (Andrew, flugelhorn/trumpet). See video by esprithin and video by ThaiPBS.

The Pomelo Town: One of Thailand's leading Jazz groups, composed of Jazz Faculty members at the College of Music Mahidol University. Members: Krit Buranavittayawut กฤษติ์ บูรณวิทยวุฒิ (Alto Saxophone), Darin Pantoomkomaol อาจารย์ดริน พันธุมโกมล (Piano), Noppadol Tirataradol อาจารย์นพดล ถิรธาราดล (Double Bass) and Kom Wongsawat คม วงษ์สวัสดิ์ (Drum). See video ofThe Pomelo Town youtube. Listen to Highway Bebpo Album on soundcloud.com and Passage to the Origin album. Read more on bangkokjazzlife.com

Rangsit University Jazz Orchestra: See video by polarxen.

Mahidol Jazz Orchestra

Saksri Pang Vongdharadon: Pianist and composer. His album *Seagull" is genuine Thai Jazz. See videos by VinyaIssraRecords and by Saksri Pang Vongdharadon on myspace.com

Sarayut Supunyo: He is the band leader and piano/keyboardist of Thai jazz-fusion band "Infinity". See his cover version of Nat Myria's song "Why" on by sansana on youtube.

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