##24/7 Valencia: What is the philosophy of Jimmy Glass?
Jimmy Glass owner Chevi Martínez: “Jimmy Glass is ranked amongst the elite of jazz clubs in the world, according to the prestigious specialist magazine ‘DownBeat’ (February 2018). It is the oldest active jazz venue of the Valencian Community. In its almost 28 years of history, its philosophy has always been to create a unique environment and space to offer fans great concerts with the latest jazz from the international scene.
For this, we have worked hard during this time to create links with the international circuit and we have brought both avant-garde musicians and great jazz legends. Jimmy Glass has maintained a high level of programming in a consistent way, comparable to other important clubs in the world, thanks to the credibility and seriousness of what it has to offer, which includes the creation of a genuinely jazzy atmosphere, dedicated exclusively to this music. This philosophy means the volume of fans has increased significantly since the nineties, when jazz was a music for an absolute minority.
Jimmy Glass has generated a good portfolio of regulars, now authentic connoisseurs, creators of an unparalleled atmosphere and who know how to value the proposals of the club however risky they may be. And, in jazz, if you do not take risks, nothing is achieved. But with knowledge, of course.
It is not easy terrain and you have to be always on the pulse. Thanks to this, many great international musicians request to play in Jimmy Glass, due to the prestige it has gained and once they come and experience the atmosphere and the solidity of the place, they return repeatedly. They do not need luxuries; they need soul, and Jimmy Glass has it. That’s what its philosophy is based on, authenticity.
Via Jimmy Glass, we have experienced great international stars and legends such as Benny Golson, Kenny Garrett, Lee Konitz, Lou Donaldson, Pat Martino, Charles McPherson, James Carter, Wallace Roney, Al Foster, Billy Hart, Oliver Lake, Vincent Herring or Scott Hamilton, and also the great jazz figures such as Mark Turner, Greg Osby, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Ravi Coltrane, Antonio Sanchez, Peter Bernstein, Ambrose Akinmusire, Donny McCaslin, Linda Oh, Nasheet Waits, Aaron Parks and many more…
And, of course, all the great Spanish and Valencian musicians that I will not name because the list is endless, they have at Jimmy Glass the right place to present their projects and play with focus & application.
In the media and for many fans here and elsewhere, Jimmy Glass is named ‘The Temple of Jazz’ in Valencia.”
Interview by Will McCarthy
C/ Baja, 28, 46003 València
Tel: 656 89 01 43