Thelonious Monk is one of my favourite musicians in the world of jazz. If I had a club, I’d call it Monk too. Lucky for us, Jussi Lehtinen got there before us. Previously an old movie theatre, this place has a modern character and is dominant in the Turku jazz scene.
The week nights start off with Monday Jazz Happenings, a regular jam session event. Beginning with the house band and opening up for the Turku Conservatory student musicians, it’s a hot bed of showcasing the latest jazz musicians coming out of Finland.
The club plays up to funk, boogaloo, afro and latin flavours as well as the jazz during the week. At the tail end of any night expect some spinning discs from the guest DJ’s that play to the crowd of thirtysomethings. All in all, this is an intimate place with tons of character, in one of the most beautiful cities in Finland.
We’ll be doing a fuller review and speaking to Jussi about the club in May so stay tuned.
[Image Credit: Olli Sulin]