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Jazzhus Montmartre

One of the last big events for us in Copenhagen was a trip with our parents to the Jazzhus Montmartre, their treat. The Jazzhus is the best jazz club in Copenhagen (not to be confused with Jazz House!), so we got there an hour and a half early to get good seats. The hour and a half wait was a bit uncomfortable because it was incredibly warm inside and there were tons of people in a very small space, but once the lights dimmed, the air came on, the people calmed down and the music started and it was like we were sent straight to music heaven! Uno de los mayores eventos para nosotros en Copenhague fue un viaje con mis papas a la Jazzhus Montmartre invitados por ellos. El Jazzhus es el mejor club de jazz en la ciudad (que no se confunda con Jazz House!), asi que llegamos ahi una hora y media antes para encontrar buenos asientos. El tiempo de espera fue un poco incomodo porque hacia mucho calor adentro y habia mucha gente en un espacio chiquito, pero una vez que las luces bajaron, el aire acondicionado comenzo a funcionar, la gente se calmo y la musica comenzo, fue como si nos hubiesen enviado directo al paraiso!

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The main star in the jazz quartet was and old, well-known and world-renowned bass player named Hugo Rasmussen. He was hilarious – he had this twinkle in his eye like Santa Clause or Dumbledore and the hair / beard to match. He showed up wearing whatever – a summer button down, tennis shoes and a funny fishing hat- just like he rolled out of bed and didn’t care what he had on! And he certainly didn’t need to care – he owned that place with his bass playing and everyone just loved him. It was strange (and a little frustrating) to hear all the musician-to-audience banter in a language I couldn’t understand – apparently Hugo was really, really funny but we couldn’t understand any of his jokes!! We laughed anyway because we felt bad looking at him like dumbasses like his jokes weren’t funny at all, and anyway just watching him crack himself up was funny enough. La principal estrella del cuarteto de jazz era un viejo, bien conocido, y renombrado bajista llamado Hugo Rasmussen. Era muy comico, tenia esta sena en su ojo como si fuera San Nicolas o Dumbledore y el pelo y barba tambien. Aparecio vistiendo lo que sea – una camisa hawaiana, chalas, shorts y un sombrero de pescador – como si recien se hubiese levantado de la cama y no le importaba lo que se pusiera! Y en verdad no necesitaba que le importara – era como si fuera el dueno del lugar cuando tocaba el bajo y todo el mundo lo queria. Fue raro (un poco frustrante) escuchar a los musicos y la audiencia interactuar en otro idioma que no podia entender – aparentemente Hugo era muy, muy gracioso pero no podiamos entender sus bromas!! Nos reimos igual porque nos sentiamos como idiotas mirandolo sin movernos como si no fuera gracioso, pero bueno solo mirarlo nos daba risa.

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The rest of the musicians were much younger but equally incredibly talented – the sax player looked like he and the sax were one entity and he would just get completely lost in the music – incredible. He was a master. The piano player was really funny because he seemed completely aloof, like the music wasn’t really coming from his fingers. Whenever it was time for his solos, he would stare off on the complete opposite direction from the audience and look at a corner in the ceiling while his fingers danced around the piano like it was nothing. The drummer, on the other hand, was the complete opposite – he loved the audience and the audience loved him back! He did all kinds of tricks during his solos, played back and forth off of Hugo’s licks, and had some incredible solos throughout the night. His facial expressions were great. El resto de los musicos eran mucho mas jovenes pero igual increiblemente talentosos – el saxofonista parecia como si el saxo y el fueran uno solo y se perdia en su musica – increible. Era un maestro. El pianist era gracioso porque parecia como si no hiciera nada, como si la musica no saliera de sus dedos. Cuando era tiempo para sus solos, el miraba en la direccion opuesta de la audiencia y observaba la esquina de la sala mientras sus dedos bailaban en el piano como si nada. El baterista, por otro lado, era lo opuesto – el amaba la audiencia y la audiencia lo amaba a el! Hizo todo tipo de trucos durante sus solos, hacia duelos con Hugo, y toco algunos solos increibles en la noche. Las caras que hacia eran geniales.

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The show was about 3 hours long and we loved every minute of it – if we ever go back to Copenhagen I sure hope we get a chance to see those guys again! Talk about a great memory! El show duro mas o menos 3 horas y disfrutamos cada minute – si alguna vez volvemos a Copenhague espero que podamos ver a esos musicos de nuevo! Esa si que sera una muy buena memoria!column 2

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