Where to lis­ten to jazz in Kyiv

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - BY NATALIYA TRACH [email protected]

Mu­sic is food for the soul, but com­bin­ing a good meal with spir­i­tual nour­ish­ment is hard to find in Kyiv. Nonethe­less, the Kyiv Post has tracked down a few places where gourmet food and blues, rag­time or mod­ern jazz are served.

Panorama res­tau­rant

Panorama is a pop­u­lar spot for mu­sic and food lovers alike, with jazz per­for­mances from 8 p.m. un­til 11 p.m. seven days a week. Lo­cated on the roof of a busi­ness cen­ter, the res­tau­rant also has a splen­did view of down­town Kyiv. The red uphol­stery, chan­de­liers and other decor el­e­ments are straight out of F. Scott Fitzger­ald’s “The Great Gatsby.” The place has the at­mos­phere of early 20th cen­tury Amer­ica. Panorama’s motto is “Jazz, Wine and Cigars,” and there’s plenty of all to fur­ther add to the at­mos­phere. The choice of food and wine is ex­cel­lent, as is the range of Cuban cigars, from Hr 116 to Hr 280. You can also get Nicaraguan cigars for Hr 85 each. The qual­ity of the fare is matched by the mu­sic, with per­for­mances of jazz, blues, light soul and rag­time by artists such as Maria Zhy­hi­nas, Komilfo Band, duet Sun in Beat, and pi­anist Illya Mil­shteyn.

Dou­ble Bass

Dou­ble Bass is a trendy jazz res­tau­rant nes­tled in a 19 th­cen­tury build­ing in Podil, Kyiv’s old­est and most scenic dis­trict. Over the last ten years the place has be­come a fa­vorite with lo­cal jazz lovers, who come here to lis­ten to mas­terly per­for­mances by both fa­mous and not-so-fa­mous bands and soloists. But with the eco­nomic down­turn, the res­tau­rant has cut back on its live pro­gram, and now only of­fers live mu­sic from Thurs­days to Satur­days. When there is mu­sic, one can en­joy jazz stan­dards, as well as blues and jazz ver­sions of pop­u­lar hits. Kyiv blues and rock band Ivan Blues and jazz duet Sezam are reg­u­lar per­form­ers in Dou­ble Bass. The high-qual­ity mu­sic com­ple­ments the res­tau­rant’s cozy in­te­rior, which has com­fort­able leather so­fas, and the dé­cor in­cludes vi­o­lins and dou­ble basses on the walls. The res­tau­rant’s de­li­cious Euro­pean-style cui­sine is sur­pris­ingly rea­son­ably priced - a salmon carpac­cio goes for just Hr 139, and tur­key breast with cran­berry sauce is Hr 144. The res­tau­rant also has a well-stocked bar with the world’s best­known brands of al­co­holic drinks.

Closer art club

Be­ing an art club, Closer doesn’t just of­fer its visi­tors live jazz, but ex­hi­bi­tions of mod­ern paint­ings, art work­shops, movie screen­ings and live con­certs with a range of mu­sic styles. The club’s trendy loft-style in­te­rior is a good match for its in­dus­trial ex­te­rior – it’s si­t­u­ated in a for­mer weav­ing mill. Un­usu­ally for Kyiv, the club’s menu is ded­i­cated to Cata­lan cui­sine. A Cata­lan-style sand­wich with salmon and capers is Hr 60, and pasta with chicken breast and toma­toes is only Hr 60 as well. Jazz con­certs are held ev­ery Thurs­day from 8 p.m. One can hear any­thing from avant-garde and ex­per­i­men­tal jazz to the clas­sic jazz stan­dards. Once a month the club or­ga­nizes a large jazz con­cert fea­tur­ing fa­mous jazz mu­si­cians, such as the Am­brose Ak­in­musire Quar­tet or the Dennis Adu Big Band.

Ukrainian jazz singer Chrystyna Luhova and her band Chrystyna Jazz Band give live jazz per­for­mance in Kyiv’s res­tau­rant Dou­ble Bass on July 14, 2013. (Cour­tesy by Dou­ble Bass)

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