Notorious is a popular jazz club in Buenos Aires. From the outside it looks like a CD store. Once you’re inside, the storefront leads down a corridor to a jazz club and restaurant in the back. The club is on Avenida Callao (pronounced cashhou) a few blocks from my apartment in Recoleta.
I stopped by to check it out and bought a ticket for last night’s jazz session. Notorious is open every day of the week, from 9:30 p.m. onwards. Tickets are necessary for the early performance but a late show begins at around 1:00 a.m., no ticket required.
Local and guest musicians are frequent repeat performers at Notorious. La Fusa de Vinicius De Morales is a group of Brazilian and Argentine musicians led by singer Josi Dias. They play the music of poet and Brazilian musician Vinicius de Morales. Morales is a primary figure in Brazilian contemporary music.
The legendary album Vinicius in La Fusa, recorded in Buenos Aires, is the biggest selling album of Brazilian music in Argentina. Morales collaborated with many Brazilian performers, including popular Brazilian singer and guitarist Toquinho.
I bought a ticket to hear the Jorge Anders Jazz Orchestra. Jorge Anders beautifully recreates the music of Duke Ellington’s swing band. Anders composed arrangements for the Duke Ellington Orchestra between 1982 and 1987. He made his début in Buenos Aires and then moved to New York where he and his quartet became part of the mainstream jazz scene.
Anders released albums in the United States and Argentina. The Jorge Anders Jazz Orchestra consists of 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, an alto sax, 2 tenor saxophones, a baritone sax, piano, double bass, drums, and a female singer from Brooklyn New York. The pieces they played last night highlighted the incredible skills of each member of the orchestra.
It can be awkward going out alone at night but since the club is near my apartment it seemed a great idea. It was one of the most pleasant evenings I’ve spent on this trip. You couldn’t ask for a mellower group – the artists performing and the fun audience. The sold out performance was an eclectic crowd in age and appearance – 20s to 70s. The music was flawless – fantastic group of musicians who played impeccable, incredible jazz!
The added attraction was the handsome and hilarious waiters who danced their way back and forth to the tables they were waiting. There wasn’t room for dancing but some people were dancing in their chairs!