Spearheaded by drummer Al Gordon, this new club is the latest addition to the Shanghai live jazz and blues scene. It’s a funky little club, literally one room, but it’s a great space and the band is solid. As the name implies, the place is not trying to be another jazz venue; rather they are concentrating on blues, funk, and soul music–and are starting and ending much later than most other venues. Most nights the club will have live music starting around 11pm, with sets running through till 4am. Al has joining him on guitar Eddie Goltz, who also is a great singer, and Peter Phillips from New York on the keyboards. They are encouraging musicians to join them for jam sessions, which is why they intentionally start the gig so late.
The place is serving down-home Southern style soul food, from chitlins to collard greens. They also have a pretty full selection of bottled and draft beers, and of course a full standard bar. Come down and check it out, by the time I write this the new sign should be up outside. It’s located in the same building as the City Diner, on the ground floor (where Eat Drink Man Woman, the Taiwanese restaurant was). That’s just on the corner of Tongren lu and Nanjing lu.
The Blues Room. 146 Tongren Lu. 铜仁路146号
Live music from 11pm to 4am most nights.