Mexico City is full of cultural and culinary options, and there is no exception when it comes to the jazz scene. Those who enjoy this spontaneous and improvisational musical genre will delight in the following spots, which offer a constant field of emerging and recognized artists, both Mexican and international.
Pizza Jazz Café
Opened by saxophonist Adrián Escamilla, this is a haven for jazz players of a wide spectrum, a forum open to expression that pays homage to musicians of the genre while offering pizzas baked in a stone oven. This type of forum is important for a local scene, as it allows for the development of emerging artists and includes an audience that is not necessarily expert. Their program is not short on high-caliber musicians that can be enjoyed up close and personal.
A little gem in the heart of the Portales neighborhood, El Convite could stand out simply for its delicious menu and impeccable service. However, this place has been given the task of offering diners an experience that also includes skilled musicians in a casual setting.Their efforts to promote music have resulted in two festivals – Arsfutura, dedicated to experimental genres, and Jazzbook, on literature and jazz.
Originally from Cholula, Puebla, this venue has two stages that offer different presentations throughout the month. They hold monthly residencies in which an artist shows their versatility by changing the ensemble and performance every week. Enjoy the music alongside a remarkable cocktail bar, appetizers, sandwiches, and hamburgers.
Located on Álvaro Obregón, in the touristed heart of CDMX, Casa Franca is a cozy space with a large cocktail bar, dim lighting on its velvety furniture, and an active stage on which jazz figures parade and perform jam sessions to keep the vibe flowing and free. It tends to invite a large crowd, so it is recommended to reserve a table or arrive early if you want a good spot.
Parker & Lenox
Parker & Lenox each represent the two main spaces with contrasting settings. Lenox is a cafeteria that usually hosts small ensembles or soloists and Parker a more formal, elegant room, large but dark and with a feeling of intimacy.
One of the most renowned venues in Mexico in terms of jazz, El Zinco is a sophisticated space in the center of the city occupying the basement that was formerly used as a vault by the Bank of Mexico. This interior now safeguards the music of various performers and continues to contribute to a historical legacy.
For jazz lovers currently in Mexico City, don’t miss the first edition of the mjazz festival that will take place on February 11 at Parque Bicentenario.