NileGuide Expert tip:
check the website for what's going on while you're in town: http://www.jazzcafecostarica.com/
- Once the only place to check out consistently high-quality live music, especially jazz, in the capital city of San Jose, The Jazz Cafe remains the venue to see, hear, drink and eat under one roof. It is located in the San Pedro neighborhood, and has a restaurant with good food and a full bar to go with the music, especially if you can get into the creative lighting, ambiance and decor. The shows vary from night to night, and past artists have included Mike Stern, Julien Lourau, Diego Urcola, Dennis Chambers, Frank Gambale, Steve Smith, Scott Henderson, Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye, Brandon Fields, Trío Mendoza Heredia & Neto, to name a few. The Jazz Cafe Club has recently opened another location in the ex-pat laden suburb of Escazu, but the original venue remains a place to visit when looking for jazz, blues, R & B, Latin American folk music, and occasionally salsa and rock. You'll find tourists, expats, Costa Ricans, and an international crowd at the Jazz Cafe, so it's a nice place to socialize with musically like-minded folks in the city.
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