Perched up in the Tavares Bastos favela, sits a beautiful guesthouse with stunning views across Guanbara Bay. Owned by Englishman Bob Nadkarni, the house is renowned for being a place of serenity and tranquillity but every Friday night it comes to life with its wicked jazz nights that must be experienced to be fully appreciated!
These word-of-mouth jazz nights, hosted at what is known as The Maze, are held every Friday night and attract crowds of locals and intrigued foreigners, all keen to see what the fuss is about. The bar opens at 9pm and the entertainment kicks off straight away, ensuring a jam-packed night of live music.
The first Friday of each month boasts its very own ‘Maze Original’ line up which is led by Brazilian Joel Ferreira and includes four sets, meaning guests can enjoy a total of four and a half hours of live jazz until 4am! On the second Friday of each month, Bruno Nadkarni presents his Festa Labirinto - a young Brazil-Rock night that is always a sell out, with crowds pumping until the early morning. On the third Friday of the month, ‘Maze Take 2’ brings jazz again, this time starting with two sets from ‘The Maze All Stars’, led by British Tom Ashe and modelled on Bob's old UK jazz band, followed by two more sets from France's Fran Morin's Modern Jazz Quartet.
If you’re not really into jazz and you’re wondering what the heck all the fuss is about then please read on. The Maze is so much more than just a jazz venue and offers a unique night out with a killer atmosphere, international crowd and well-stocked bar. In fact, The Maze has three bars that all dish out Caipirinhas, beers, wine and soft drinks, and it also cooks up a delicious BBQ’s and pizza’s, so there’s never a reason to ever leave. Plus, The Maze provides vans and mototaxi’s from the town up into the hill, meaning you can get there and get back quicker than you can say!
Every night sees The Maze getting busier and busier, with entry prices recently being increased to R$40, to deter the hoards of people from crashing. So, we’d suggest you get over there quickly, before it becomes one of your stock standard clubs. Visit; www.jazzrio.com/en/