b-flat: Best Jam Session For Your Wednesday Night

Interested in Jazz? Not me. At least, that was what I thought.

Only 3 minutes from Rosenthalerplatz stands a pretty popular jazz club called b-flat. It was opened by actor André Hennecke and brothers Jannis and Thanassis Zotos. In 1997, Jörg Zieprig became responsible for the club’s program, and as a result there is a concert every night of the week. This makes the program remain diverse and vibrant because there is not just one solid definition of jazz music.

b-flat has become an important role in the jazz scene and Berliners can hear a wide variety of musicians on any given night. Specifically, the jam session every Wednesday night at 9:00 hosted by Robin Draganic whom is joined by different guests. On Wednesday, the entrance is free of charge, but any other night of the week jazz fans must pay a small entrance fee.

The first time I went to b-flat I made the mistake to come on time, around 8:50. The place was packed with people sitting around tables with beer, wine, and snacks waiting for the musicians to come on stage. No chair for me, but I wasn't the only one. People in my same predicament had gathered around the bar to have a drink.

This past Wednesday, I knew I had to arrive early (or shall I say right on time?) around 8:00. I was able to pick a seat with a great view of the stage and order myself the best sweet beverage ever, Berliner Weisse Himbeere. At 8:30, a half-hour before the show was to start, b-flat was already full with an international crowd. Everyone was having a good time and enjoying the night. Spanish, French, English, German, and Chinese, all there with one goal: to hear some nice jazz.

At 9:30, the musicians finally came on stage with loud applause from the audience. Not only did they start to play their music, but they were genuinely enjoying themselves as well. Bass, piano, and saxophone, nothing else was needed to make the crowd go wild. After the jam session, people in the audience were free to come on stage and play with the musicians, though it must be noted that one should be a good at playing the piano, guitar, or any other instrument.

The environment was cheerful and relaxing. People came to b-flat to have a good evening and to hear and support the musicians that are doing what they love the most: playing jazz.

Rosenthaler Strasse 13
10119 Berlin (click here for map)

Opening hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 8:00 P.M. - 2:00 A.M.
Friday-Saturday: 9:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M.

b-flat Berlin

By Karmijn Simons

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