CONFERENCE The San Juan Evangelista Club “El Johnny”, El Club de la Buena Música (The Home of Good Music)


Thursday 12th November

with Pablo Sanz
5:30pm – Fernán Gómez. Centro Cultural de la Villa
Multi-purpose Room
Free admission until full capacity is reached

During the 80s and 90s, the San Juan Evangelista Music and Jazz Club became one of Madrid’s most important cultural venues and was a refuge for all types of music that are far removed from the so-called commercial circuits, especially those that have a jazz or flamenco flavour. A quick look at its history will tell you that Camarón de la Isla and Chet Baker played their last performances there; that illustrious artists from both genres graced its stage, artists such as Enrique Morente, Paco de Lucía, Dizzy Gillespie or Max Roach; and that singer-songwriters and folk groups and singers such as Mercedes Sosa, José ‘Zeca Afonso’, Gwendal, Milladoiro or the Nuevo Mester de Juglaría came close to perfection when they visited “The Johnny”.

Sadly, the halls of residence that were home to the club’s activities have been closed down, and since then the soundtrack of the popular Johnny has gradually faded away, although its musical history will always be a rallying cry and, in its final years, an example of a commitment to avant-garde cultures and to unconventional and urgent music. It will always be “The Johnny”, the home of good music. During this conference, the speaker will look back on the beginnings and major milestones of the iconic music club and analyse its current situation.

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