Located far from Harlem in Barcelona’s Barrio Gotico, this venue is no less infused with a love of live jazz that honors the neighborhood from which it takes its name. The atmosphere is busy yet intimate, as the many revelers exude their reverence for the music.
The jam nights, usually taking place on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, are a good way to experience the club for the first time; the house band starts up, followed by a lineup that then shifts over the course of the night, varying in instrumentation and style, always to pleasing effect. Entry is free on these nights, but be advised to get there before ten if you wish to find seats. If you’re so inclined, a bottle of house red is a good value and well-suited to the occasion.
On other evenings, cover charges and times vary according to the performer, as does genre, often switching between blues, rock and Latin styles, not all of them necessarily indebted to jazz. So it may be something of a misnomer, but Harlem Jazz Club does indeed provide quality musicianship and great atmosphere.