If you love everything about jazz then Yard Bar last Thursday night was the place to be. Above the downstairs main bar is the Jam Jar Bart that regularly plays host to Cardiff University Jazz Society’s Jam Nights. Here, in this relaxed environment, members of the society have the opportunity to get up and perform any piece of music of their choice. This night proved to be popular amongst not only members of Jazz Society, but also the people propping up the bar downstairs, who, having heard the sound of music from above, came to have a look; an hour in and the Jam Jar was packed out.
Yard Bar created the perfect atmosphere for a night of jazz, with sofas, modern decor and cocktails flowing there was a chilled vibe surrounding the whole space. It is the ideal environment to mingle and discuss music with like minded people. The intimate setting allowed the audience to be up close to the performance and meant that the musicians were able to interact with the people watching; encouraging them to clap and dance along to the music. A wide range of repertoire was covered; from the likes of Coltrane to Snarky Puppy, whatever you like, there’s something for you. Not only this, but the society comes armed with a range of music books for people interested in performing to look at for inspiration.
The best thing about these nights is that you don’t have to be a hardened performer to go up and play. You don’t have to be a music student; everyone is encouraged to get involved and perform, it’s good to gain experience in such an informal atmosphere. The Jazz Society are a friendly crowd, so for many, performing in front of them can be a great confidence boost, all members will cheer you along, give you words of encouragement.
From my experience as a member of the society, having been along to many of these sessions I would definitely recommend going along to take a look. They are organized every month, so come and chill with new friends and old at Cardiff’s hottest Jam Night!