Discovering the Soul of a Place Through Live Music

allan karl
12 min readApr 12, 2023

Three Nights Exploring New York City’s Intimate Music Scene

As a passionate (and admittedly addicted) traveler, I make it a priority to fully immerse myself in the local culture of the places I visit. While some may prioritize visiting famous landmarks and tourist hotspots, I find myself drawn to more intimate experiences. One such experience that never fails to rejuvenate me is discovering hidden music venues featuring talented local musicians who may not have gained widespread recognition.

Big cities offer ample opportunities to indulge in gastronomic delights, visit museums and art galleries, watch theatrical performances, and take in the culture. But for me, the magic of exploring these cities lies not in the typical popular spots but in discovering hidden corners where locals go to experience the city’s culture.

One such hidden corner was the Jazz life at Arteria, a jazz club that I visited in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was a cozy little venue that didn’t look like much from the outside, but inside, I felt like I had stepped into another world. The dimly lit interior with red velvet curtains, candlelit tables, and a small stage set the perfect ambiance for jazz music. The musicians, who hailed from Georgia, Russia, and Italy, were incredibly talented and passionate about their craft, making it a mesmerizing experience for everyone in the audience.

Similarly, the Harris Piano Jazz Bar in Krakow, Poland, is another hidden gem. This is a small venue in the basement of a building just off Market Square in Old Town. The intimate space, which can hold around 60 people, offers an unforgettable experience for jazz enthusiasts. The venue boasts a decor that is both minimalistic and refined, while the genuine stars of the evening are the jazz musicians whose passion and flawless skills ignite an electric atmosphere for the captivated audience.

There is a certain charm to these lesser-known venues that big music halls or concert arenas can never replicate. The intimate setting, the rapport between the musicians and the audience, and the raw talent on display create a unique atmosphere not found elsewhere.

I recently journeyed to New York City to spend time with my nieces, Emily and…

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allan karl

Insatiable passion for travel, culture, people, & food. Stay curious…Bestselling Author…Keynote Speaker…Photographer… Around The World On Motorcycle @WorldRider