Jazz - Definition:
"A style of music, native to America, characterized by a strong but flexible rhythmic understructure with solo and ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns and, more recently, a highly sophisticated harmonic idiom."
No Black Tie (NBT) - Definition (...one could write a book really):
The apotheosis of a cool Jazz Club located not in Manhattan, but KL, with the nice ad ons such as delicious Japanese Sushi, Tepanyaki and what have not all prepared fresh and a la minute by an expert chef and that at affordable prices, a wonderful selection of great wines and international drink mixes shaken not stirred included, a great mix of wonderful patrons, international artists from all walks of the music making spectrum that make it happen, a great team headed by founder and owner Evelyn Hii herself day in day out and last but not least the only public venue in Malaysia that sports a Fazioli Grand Piano, yes, the real McCoy one, the one that is often compared to a Ferrari adding that extra perfect tone and grand resonance. Yes, that piece of rare piano artwork has been flown in from Italy where it has been handcrafted more meticulously and with more labor of love than a today's Bentley or Rolls could ever dream of getting in production...because, a Fazioli is a tad more rare than a 2012 Bentley or Roller.....Viva Italia !
No Black Tie is a truly unique place. A place not to be missed if you are the kind of person that likes to mingle with intelligent, happy and creative folks in an environment so stylish and timeless that one at times wonders...wow I am still in KL, or are we not in Manhattan (?) Either way, time flies in there and many regulars reportedly say that one can get younger at NBT...a time machine, a music machine, a sushi pad, an island within a rather embryonic KL nightlife that can learn a lot from NBT regarding the perfection, the style and also the continuity of a great place to chill. Nice to see that even nerdy walk ins take the pleasure to dress up a little....its a classy cool club, nonchalant and not at all pretentious, just NBT, its cool with a flair of a metropolitan club that could be located anywhere one would want it to be, be that in LA, San Fran, NY, Chicago, Boston, Louisiana, Acapulco, Buenos Aires, Paris, London, Madrid, Milan, Zurich, Montreux, Malta, Berlin, Hamburg, St. Moritz, Gstaad, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Portofino, Porto Cervo, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Kinshasa, Joburg, Capetown, Tokyo, Almaty, Shang Hai, Singapore, Moscow, Murmansk, Vladivostok or Ushaia....anywhere really but for sure the Club can be found in KL, the home of NBT, there where it belongs, where the guests think they are it is, where it belongs to be, it exists, @ NBT! My Russian business partners love the place.,...it one day might be taken over by them and renamed "Balshaya Jazz"......a suivre...
A must !
Goofs: Be careful, If you like Champagne, order it there, great stuff. But do not let yourself be enticed by the owner to buy a bottle, and if so, insist on a discount and offer her a few glasses to co-enjoy. You will become a special friend for life...sometimes its good to do a little charity in there, why not..just do it, its fun. :-)
PS: NBT is a bit like a nice bottle of Margeaux, it gets better and better by the years....