ESMAE – “Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo” the University of music, art and theatre,is a famous music/theatre school in Porto which is notorious for educating most of the best musicians in the city. Every Tuesday at 11:00pm they invite bands to play within the school, and after the live act the music students break into a jazz jam session that lasts until 2:00 am.
Entrance is normally free, but when there are outside bands the cost is around €3. The Price of the drinks that are served at the bar are relatively cheap, since it´s meant for student budgets. No food is served here, only what is available in the vending machines, so make sure that you have eaten before you go. This place is a temple of Jazz in Porto, so if you like live jazz it is the most authentic and cheapest way of experiencing it within the city. It is a great end to your Tuesday night.
Also since it is an “open” jam session, if you play an instrument, bring it along and ask if you can join in, after the concert; depending on the amount of musicians that want to participate, how obnoxious they are, and their desire to practice, you may get the chance to play and show-off your skills.
After the Jam session is over if you still feel like having a couple of drinks, people normally go to a bar close by. Either follow the crowd, or ask around for directions. Happy Jamming.
Adress: Rua da Alegria 503, 4000-045 Porto
Jam session schedule: Tuesdays from 11:00pm – 2:00 am