5 places for live jazz music in KL

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Every once in a while, it’s nice to sit back and enjoy a meal with the smooth sounds of music in the air after a long day of work. Here are 5 places around KL where you can do just that:

1. No Black Tie

Photo credit: No Black Tie, website

Established in 1998 by classical pianist Evelyn Hill, No Black Tie – commonly referred to as NBT – this soulful venue has become a premier space for live music in the city. Various top singers and musicians have graced the NBT stage, both Malaysians and artists from around the region. From jazz, folk, classical, and blues, there’s music each night for discerning music-lovers.

The gastrobar in NBT also offers music for the tastebuds with a substantial menu and season special as well as an extensive selection of wines.

Address: Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Website: noblacktie.com.my

2. Alexis Bistro

Photo credit: Alexis Bistro, Facebook
Photo credit: Alexis Bistro, Facebook

Alexis has been around since 1995 and it has found itself a loyal following for foodies and music lovers. Every Friday and Saturday since 2003, this contemporary dining and entertainment venue has hosted live performances of local and international jazz musicians such as the Michael Veerapan Trio and violinist Dennis Lau. Many people flock to Alexis in Ampang each weekend to enjoy smooth and soulful music performed by talented artists from Malaysia, the US, Germany, Japan, Australia, Russia, and many other countries around the world.

Address: Lot 10 & 11, Great Eastern Mall, 303 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Website: alexis.com.my

3. Mezze

Photo credit: Mezze, website

Mezze is a bistro that serves modern tapas and dishes inspired by Mediterranean flavours. Apart from contemporary cuisine, Mezze also plays host to various local and international jazz acts every weekend. Since its inception in 2010, Mezze has hosted a wide genre of local and international artists, mainly staging contemporary mainstream and jazz performances. Every Friday and Saturday night, patrons can savour their meals and enjoy live music performances carefully curated by Malaysia’s well-known jazz pianist, Michael Veerapan

Address: 132, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
Website:  mezze.my

4. Bobo KL

Photo credit: Bobo KL, website
Photo credit: Bobo KL, website

Just above the restaurant is Bobo’s piano lounge. A speakeasy-styled entrance and stairway adorned with art leads to a space where music takes centre stage. Curated by the lounge’s musical directory, Sean Ghazi, patrons are treated to live jazz music six nights a week with artists like Elvira Arul, Stephanie Reese and sometimes even the musical director himself.

Address: 65-1 Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Website: facebook.com/BoboKualaLumpur


5. The Bar at Majestic Hotel KL

Photo credit: Majestic KL, website
Photo credit: Majestic KL, website

Featuring a gold-leafed domed ceiling, an original structure from the historic hotel, The Bar is an up-scale lounge with dark panels and brass where you can enjoy a couple of classic cocktails. At night, the space comes alive with the musical notes played by descendants of  Maestro Alfonso Soliano, leader of Radio Malaya Orchestra and conductor of RTM Orchestra in the early years. The Solianos are the longest performing family according to the Malaysian Book of Records.

Address: 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur
Website: majestickl.com/the-bar

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