Discover the best of the city’s jazz scene at a new venue in Cabanyal, that channels a relaxed 1950s aesthetic. An old boat lookout has just been converted into a 1950s-inspired jazz club in the heart of the El Cabanyal district. Recreating the relaxed vibe of the ‘50s speakeasy, the ‘Mercabanyal’ group has opened Marino Jazz with the intention of creating an immersive experience that transports people to other port cities such as San Francisco, New Orleans, and New York. Arriving by sea from all over the world, the flow of sounds, instruments, and musicians meant jazz, soul and blues music flourished. Opening their doors in the charming neighbourhood of El Cabanyal, the project aims to capture the multiculturalism of the barrio as well as its hip and trendy vibe.
El Cabanyal is one of Valencia’s up-and-coming areas with a thriving arts and culture scene. As the old fishing quarter, El Cabanyal is a multicultural neighbourhood with a lot of history and architectural diversity. In 2020, El Cabanyal caught the attention of The Guardian who included it in the 10 coolest neighbourhoods in Europe. Previously somewhat overlooked, El Cabanyal was brought into the spotlight and its regeneration now continues apace as abandoned industrial buildings are repurposed as cultural venues.
Giving a 1950s aesthetic, Marino Jazz offers a cosy and intimate atmosphere whilst also maintaining the style and sophistication of a cocktail bar. The venue’s décor is befitting of an old jazz club with dim, reddish lighting, capitonné sofas and low tables allowing customers to comfortably enjoy the live music, cocktails, and aperitifs until the early hours of the morning. In line with American’s cocktail culture, Marino Jazz offers an extensive menu of expertly mixed cocktails that contains all the classics. The club’s bartender, Felipe Ciardullo, has also created several signature cocktails including ‘El Marino’ with a bold mix of rum, blackberry syrup, Tabasco, salt, egg white and orange juice.
Marino Jazz is owned by the Mercabanyal group to which Mercabañal, El Merendero and Marjal Food Market in Cabanyal also belong. Jose Miralles, a founding member of the group, still remembers when his parents took him to a dinner show with live jazz as a child. The impact of the experience was engrained in his memory and ignited his desire to one day open a similar place in the neighbourhood where he was born. Hugo Sánchez is his partner and the two have placed the direction and management of Marino Jazz in the hands of musician and cultural promoter, Borja González-Ayllón.
During the winter season, Marino Jazz will be open Thursdays to Sundays from 7:30pm until 3:30am on Fridays and Saturdays and 1:00am on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday nights are devoted to jazz with concerts followed by open jam sessions. The club will be spinning soul, funk and acid jazz vinyls on Fridays, while the hot, tropical rhythms of Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music will take full swing on Saturdays. On Sundays, exotic music of all variations will be played at the club.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxed cocktail in a sophisticated, stylish setting or an upbeat night of music, Marino Jazz will deliver. Promising to host an eclectic programme of DJ sets, live music and entertainment, Marino Jazz is the place to be for Valencia’s biggest music-lovers.
Report by Imogen Hockings
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