In this era of pop and experimental music, you seldom find a venue where soulful jazz music is played. If you are seeking for some feel-good music over excellent food and drinks in Cebu, head to Jazz n’ Bluz and you won’t be disappointed. This bar-restaurant can definitely provide you with a fun-filled night out with friends or a wonderful date with your special someone.
Jazz n’ Bluz assures its patrons that everything on their menu is presentable, delicious and satisfying because all their chefs come from notable hotels and resorts. If you want a truly unforgettable entrée, order the Jazz n’ Bluz Kinilaw, described as a classy remake of the Visayan rendition of ceviche. Raw fish slices are marinated in a blend of fresh spices, citric juices and special herbs that will certainly open your taste buds for the gastronomic feast that you will be having. You may also try the Scallops Au Gratin, which is made up of fresh scallops with mushroom white sauce and served with generous chunks of freshly baked bread.
Their specialties include U.S.-certified Angus Beef Rib Eye, Tenderloin Steak, Fillet Mignon, and Surf n’ Turf Rib Eye, with a choice of wine sauce or soy sauce with garlic. If you want a lighter meal, have some Roast Herbed Chicken with Honey Mustard Sauce or Chicken Teriyaki. They also serve Hot Chili Wings, Shrimp Tempura and Beef Teppanyaki. You may also choose from their flavorful pasta options.
Every guest should not leave without having desserts. This bar-restaurant is most especially proud of their Tiramisu Italiano. For only Php135, you can have the heavenly goodness of coffee-dipped ladyfingers and mascarpone. Their Crepes Samurai is also a blissful treat that people with a sweet tooth will enjoy. Pair the establishment’s tempting desserts with coffee after a hearty meal.
Complementing their delectable food offerings are their extensive collection of drinks. They boast of over 60 varieties of cocktails. They also have several choices of house wines, red wines, white wines, and sparkling wines. Those who prefer non-alcoholic drinks may opt for soda, coffee, tea, juice, or shake.
Jazz n’ Bluz has an impressive list of regular Filipino jazz and standards musicians. Their skills have been honed by their various stints abroad or at cruise lines. The main bands of the restaurant-bar are Centerfold Band, Purple Notes and Session4. Other local and international jazz players occasionally visit the bar, providing an unexpected enjoyment to its regulars. Whenever she is in the country, world-class Filipino jazz singer Marlene dela Peña always drops by Jazz n’ Bluz, where she often holds Valentine’s Day and birthday concerts.
Jazz is a music genre that is hard to define since it spans from ragtime to the current-day music. This musical style originated at the start of the 20th century in black communities in the southern parts of America. It was born out of a combination of European and African music traditions. Its black African lineage is observable in its use of blue notes, polyrhythms, improvisation, syncopation, and the swung note. From its early development until the present day, jazz has also integrated music from American popular music.
In jazz, the skillful performer interprets a tune in individual ways, never playing compositions exactly the same way. A jazz musician may modify melodies, harmonies or time signature at will, depending on their mood and experience. Interactions with fellow performers or with the members of the audience also influence their performance. It is frequently portrayed as the product of free creativity, interaction and collaboration, placing equal value on the contributions of both composer and performer.
In the Philippines, it was said that jazz was introduced in 1898, when Filipinos were first exposed to the music performed by African-American soldiers. Its resurgence in popularity can be attributed to the Tots Tolentino-led Buhay jazz quartet who rose to fame in 2001. The Witch Doctors of Underground Jazz Improvisation (W.D.O.U.J.I.) also earned more Filipino jazz supporters when it released its award-winning independent album entitled Ground Zero in 2002. They paved the way for other jazz musicians such as the Johnny Alegre Affinity band, Mon David and Mishka Adams. A new development is the mix of spoken-word, jazz and rock, mainly credited to the band Radioactive Sago Project led by Lourd de Veyra. Other notable names in Pinoy Jazz are Bob Aves, Akasha and The Jazz Volunteers.
After a busy day at work, treat yourself to some feel-good music, good food and fine drinks. Visit Jazz n’ Bluz located at 27 F Cabahug Street, Ayala Access Road, Mabolo, Cebu City. For inquiries, you may call their landline at (032)232-2698, fax them at (032)231-4373 or send [email protected] an e-mail. Their Web site is http://www.jazznbluzcebu.com/ while their Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jazz-n-bluz-Bar-Restaurant/105294152879640