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15 July 2013 / leggypeggy

Salvador and all that jazz


Weekly jazz at Salvador’s Museum of Modern Art, an old sugar factory

Once a week, and every week for the last 14 years, Salvador turns on a great jazz show for the public.

This week, Poor John and I  (and almost everyone from the truck) were lucky enough to be there for this Saturday’s performance that featured three hours of jazz and 14 musos, although it seemed like more because a few could and did play more than one instrument.

Let me count—there was a saxophonist, a trombonist, 6 (or was it 7) on various forms of percussion, three guitarists (including an Aussie), two pianists and three drummers.


Jamming at JamNoMam

The event is called JamNoMam, after the location at the Museum of Modern Art. It’s a great spot and, if you get there early, as we did, you can watch the sun set over Salvador’s Bay of All Saints.

We also had time to stroll through the sculpture park next to the museum/gallery and to watch the musicians and tech people set up the stage and instruments.

The concert started at 6pm and Poor John, ever the bargain hunter, got us in as seniors for half price of $1.50 each.

He then proceeded to show his age and his dodgy vision by commenting that it was nice and surprising to see that the main drummer was female.

Sculpture Park, Salvador

Sculpture Park, on the Bay of All Saints in Salvador

Ahem, I said, but just because ‘she’ has longish dreads have you noticed that she also has a flat chest, a hint of a five-o-clock shadow and—get this—a prominent Adam’s apple. Turns out ‘her’ name is Thomas too. Goes to show he doesn’t see too well even from the second row.

It was a packed house, if you can say an outdoor venue is a ‘house’. The crowd was mostly Brazilian and there were journalists and photographers swarming everywhere. We saw they can get in for half price too.

So if you are ever in Salvador, get yourself along to the Museum of Modern Art on a Saturday night and enjoy the beat.

P.S. Sorry the pics are a bit out-of-focus. Salvador can be a rough town and I was advised not to carry my good camera. I took these with my mobile phone.


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  1. Lesley Snow / Jul 15 2013 11:29 am

    What a world you are experiencing. So cool!


    • leggypeggy / Jul 15 2013 8:28 pm

      Thanks Lesley. We really are having a great time.


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