To say thank you to my friend Ildiko for her kindness and generosity I had invited her to a little night out for Jazz. I decided to bring her to a little bar called IF Café with a cozy atmosphere and a fine Jazz Trio composed of a guitarist, a drummer and a double-bass. The band played improvisation of Hungarian carton themes. I didn't know the themes, but I liked the style and the passion they put into it.
For me when it comes to Jazz, I prefer small, cozy places with living room atmosphere with groups that are into straight Jazz of the 50s, swing, blues,... the classic standards with saxophone and good improvisation. During my time in Hanoi I had exactly found a place like this: Binh Minh Jazz Club. THE institution of Jazz in Hanoi and the only real Jazz Club with performances every night. Over the time I had become a regular at that place, mostly everything in my free-time turned around Jazz. I made friends and knew almost everyone playing there. Not a week that I had not been at the Jazz Club at least once or twice. Jazz for me is more than just music, it's a philosophy. I could talk for hours about what I think Jazz can do to your body and your mind. People say when you are stressed do meditation. I say listen to Live Jazz - it will set you free. At least if you are wired like this.
There is a number of good Jazz Clubs in Budapest that runs performances every night with changing bands. One evening I decided to go to a Jazz- Bar called "Jedermann". A German word meaning "everybody". I just had the address and when I arrived I found out that the bar was situated right inside the building of the Goethe-Institute of Budapest. How ironical as in Hanoi Jazz had precisely been a means to escape that place. When I looked around the audience I wondered how many of those people were stressed-out teachers. At least they wouldn't need to go far.