August 5, 2021

The Jazz Detective – Diary16

Walter Mosley (Los Angeles, 1952), according to his enthusiastic reader Barack Obama, is the last novelist who combines in his mystery texts, criminal plots and investigations of all kinds with jazz. The pioneers would be Nick La Rocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band, after recording the first album in 1917. Such ingredients are repeated by other American writers (Chester Himes, Raymond Chandler, Malcolm Braly, David Goodis and Nat Hentoff,), Europeans (Boris Vian or Jean Patrick Manchette) without stealing our compatriots Ferrán Torrent, Andreu Martín and Antonio Muñoz Molina.

The academic laureate achieved success with ‘Winter in Lisbon’ (Seix Barral, 1987). In this work he mixed two perspectives: that of a pianist, Santiago Biralbo, who is chased by the spiteful husband of a musician’s lover. The enriching tribute of Muñoz Molina pivots between the film noir and the clubs jazz.

There are many more illustrious references. Dashiell Hammett, inventor of the iconic Sam Spade [Humphrey Bogart lo encarnó en ‘El halcón maltés’ (John Huston, 1941), entre otros] integrates a template of characters that move to the rhythm of jazz in the mythical Chicago-20s. The jazz-writer couple gave us another Spanish example. Andreu Martín he integrated criminal music-genre in his series ‘Asesinatos en clave de jazz’. In its different installments, jazzmen appear who emulate Charlie Parker or Chet Baker as they become entangled in plots, bloody mysteries, blackmail and shootings.

The Spanish reality, which surpasses all kinds of fictions, also crosses the borders of literature, music and police or private investigators. The best reference we find is Jesus Vez Luque, a restless man from Malaga who does not write, but does play the sax with passion. He has been a detective for 40 years, a university professor in the highly burdened profession and runs The Hall. It is a space that spreads culture in Malaga and it survives for almost eight years, without subsidies, but with determined support from artists and the public. In ‘The Hall’, jazz is also enjoyed with the same passion that its inventor has for this music, which beats, pairs, fuses and metabolizes the most nutritious of art.

The discreet investigator

Vez Luque set up an agency near the Malaga train station that honors the unrepeatable María Zambrano (c / Cuarteles 51, Telephone 952353020 and 679441801) in 1982. His office is austere, but nothing minimalist. The marketing that applies is word-of-mouth with the effectiveness and profitability of your reports. It elaborates them with abundant documentation and tests. There is no Andalusian or Spanish corner where Jesús Vez’s investigative nose has not reached, seeking the truth for his clients. The cosmopolitan and labyrinthine Costa del Sol is no secret for a veteran detective who dodges the fray if he can. He is highly respected for his professional credibility in court.

The Malaga detective is not inclined to meet the press or air professional secrecy. His discretion extends to the web that he associates with him. His first name and first surname, a and hello are barely outlined in various languages. Your social networks are limited and he rules out associating the corporate nature of his agency with imitating the parapolice, hinting at a team of ubiquitous bloodhounds or the self-aggrandizement that certain licensed egos accentuate. His passion and dedication for jazz and culture would be one of the axes of his life. The didactic vocation of his trade is reflected as a professor at the University of Malaga-IAIC. There he transmits first-hand knowledge and experience to the students, usually overloaded with academic rhetoric and lacking in practice. Once Luque, we repeat, know the street, the tricks, the excuses and how to approach and succeed in investigative complexity. Some students from different classes tell us that Vez’s methodology is the most artisan possible, the one that achieves tangible results.

In ‘The Hall’, jazz is also enjoyed with the same passion that its inventor has for this music, which beats, pairs, fuses and metabolizes the most nutritious of art

The university classroom, now digitized with such widespread implantation and virtuality, thus enriches the example and perspective of the freelance detective. The one who solves everything with skill, smell and a lot of patience. They love this teacher so original, so real. The one who pushes away stereotypical clichés and platitudes that weigh down the real private detective, the one who lives off his job. Wow, the one who neither goes to the movies nor reads genre novels to find the bread of survival.

The Hall ‘, more Malaga

The space that Jesús Vez Luque owns and shares with whoever wants to visit it is very close to his agency. Before, it was the first car wash in Malaga. Years later, the place was transformed into its current configuration as a cultural space. A long bar and airy corridors allow you to order and have drinks during the show. As advertised The Hall is “a torrent of sensations that are food for the spirit. This is how we live it and this is how we transmit it to friends who share the adventure of The Hall ”.

This scenario represents a personal commitment of Vez Luque supported by a group, which he also chairs, called Music Promotion and the Performing Arts. It is not for profit. Not only does Jazz have a place in The Hall. Its headquarters at Calle Héroes de Sostoa, 65 (Metro La Isla,, Contacts and reservations 679441801) adds teaching of ballroom dancing, salsa, tango, Hip Hop, classical music concerts, Rock, theater, Puppets and puppets, Jam sessions, Open Mic Night and solidarity events. The participatory, community and collaborative spirit that ‘The Hall’ prints does not rule it out of the best Jazz Club with all its accoutrements. With a capacity for two hundred people, although today limited by anti-pandemic measures, The Hall places Malaga on the map of vaporous clubs, in basements or mezzanines, dingy where musicians are more at ease, where writers are inspired. We refer to the Clamores (Madrid), Jamboree (Barcelona), Village Vanguard (New York) or Ronnie Scott (London).

‘The Hall’, in almost its nine years of existence, has established itself as a Malaga cultural reference. The capital of the Costa del Sol is one of the European metropolises with the best and most varied museums (Pompidou, Picasso, Malaga, Automotive, Russian Art, Thyssen, Interactive, CAC, Revello del Toro, Glass, Cofrade Art, Alborania …), Theaters (Cervantes, Soho-Caixabank, Cánovas, Cochera, MVA …), galleries, cinemas plus a long etcetera whose hook is a gastronomy of note, beaches and mountains with ideal climate, hospitality of its neighbors and those smiles that hardly scare the visitor .

The most suggestive proposal

The visit to ‘The Hall’ that we made is preceded by all the guarantees and security guarantees prevailing during the pandemic, the confinement and the proper hygiene. Previous reservation on your contact telephone number, the seats are divided between partners or couples, the spectator’s temperature is taken and the current social distance is respected. It is possible to enjoy the show and have a few drinks. Before the curtain opens, it is a ritual to light some candles that ignite the flame of art that spreads there.

The night of Saturday June 12, when we visited ‘The Hall’, it was a gala. The appointment was with the best local flamenco fused with podium Jazz. The date was a very jam session anchovy with Rubén Lara (Guitar) Antonio Luque Canito (Sing), Javier Bachiller Bachi (Bass), Alejandro Escalera Flute), Miguel Nene (Percussion) and Francisco de la Llave (Keyboards). The guest star, pun intended, was the veteran and appreciated Jorge Pardo.

The Madrilenian showed why he has shone for decades in the Spanish and world jazz firmament. His resume impresses: He played with and for the best (Shrimp, Paco de Lucía, Pata Negra, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Iturralde, DJ Toner, Benavent & Amargós, Chano Domínguez, Dolores…) the most rhythmic wind with flute and sax. The jazz-flamenco pairing and instrumental dominance enchanted the audience and made them accomplices of musical happiness with respect for a virtuosity that is not improvised. The sextet that accompanied him played with the maestro. The night was glorious, unrepeatable. All the musicians shared inspiration and a state of grace.

‘The Hall’, with Pardo and company, was rounded off with its best finery. The summer program is almost closed. The capacity, over 200 seats, has been reduced due to the imperatives of the pandemic. But this does not detract from the charm and atmosphere of a cozy club where you can enjoy the suggestion of art and seal your commitment to culture. The entertainment sector has suffered, even more than the hospitality industry and others, a blackout that deserves to turn it on so that it continues to enrich the best hours of life.

For Saturday June 19, Jam + Concert by Jam Beach Corner (Juanca Carranque, Juan Pedro Berrocal, Paco Peña and Ramón López) is scheduled, on Sunday 20 Wanla (Julio Martín & Clara Gallardo) will be the ones to perform. Ramírez Brothers on Friday 25, Kofikaya the next day (Juan Masana (Bass), KOFI (Voice / Guitar), Adrián Jiménez (Drums), Nacho Löring (Piano / Trumpet / Backing vocals) and Pablo Guzmán (Guitar / Backing vocals).

Flamenco will return on Sunday June 27. Dance, Anabel Sánchez – Israel Martín, Cante, Rosa Linero and Francis Martín Cerdán on Guitar. Caloé and Fred da Costa will perform on June 30th. The trio Raúl Gutiérrez, Juande Nadal (Electric Bass) and Alfonso de Miguel (Drums) will play on July 8. From the South, this is how the Pantera experience is announced on Saturday, August 7. The actions mentioned will be between 8 pm and 9 pm each, check the program. They appear on The Hall’s Facebook and Instagram pages, in addition to its aforementioned website.