By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Jazzmania, Tuesday nights at Arpoador’s Studio RJ, have resurrected a weekly jazz tradition in Rio. The original Jazzmania, which was active between 1983 and 1994, not far from its new location, was a weekly must for for Rio’s jazz aficionados.
In its heyday, the event was known for offering up some of the best in local and visiting acts – Herbie Hancock and Chet Baker among the legendary names that graced the stage in the event’s original incarnation.
The event is regaining a loyal Tuesday night following, drawing a a great mix of Carioca and expatriates to a venue known for its eclectic schedule. Jazzmania upholds Studio RJ’s reputation, welcoming a wide range of acts from the jazz spectrum.
Local musician Ze Nogueira, who has worked with many popular local festivals, including Free Jazz, TIM fest, and the recent BMW Jazz Fest, acts as Jazzmania’s curator, is always bringing the best local and international acts to Studio RJ.
The relatively new Studio RJ opened last year in the former nightclub Jazzmania space, occupying the upstairs of the beachfront Arpoador corner at Avenues Vieira Souto and Rainha Elizabeth. Studio RJ is affiliated with the São Paulo independent nightlife staple Studio SP.
If you are feelin’ frisky, Jazzmania can be just the start to a pretty epic Tuesday night. Jazzmania is almost immediately followed by the increasingly-popular all-vinly spin fest, the Ya’Ya Hi-Fi, every Tuesday after the jazz acts have packed up.
Jazzmania kicks off at 9:30 PM with free entrance at Studio RJ until midnight. For more info about Jazzmania and Studio RJ visit here.
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