There was something utterly exotic entering the dark and luscious world of The Standard Jazz Club on a late Thursday afternoon with the sun still shimmering on Copenhagen’s waterfront. Accompanied by my two jazz aficiondos, Jette and Pia, our expectations of a melodic experience of the highest caliber were naturally high, especially with the Doky brothers and the drummer Jonas Johansen on the menu. We were not disappointed as Niels Lan Doky effortlessly breezed through each number on the piano, and Chris Minh Doky slapped and plucked his bass with gay abandon, wonderfully supported by Jonas on drums. The Doky Brothers Reunion brought together two of Denmark’s talents that have dominated the jazz scene for the last twenty years.
The creative and entrepreneurial partnership of Claus Meyer and Niels Lan Doky have not only preserved one of Copenhagen’s waterfronts most distinguished landmarks, but also transformed this former hydrofoil terminal housing three restaurants, Almanak, Verandah and the Studio and a jazz club that any harbor waterfront would be proud to own. These four unique spatial experiences nestle perfectly under one roof. The interiors of the jazz club have more than a hint of art deco tuning in to the building’s exterior.
As this talented trio brought this early evening session to its climax the harbor waters now resembled a blue so dark. As the last guest left and the bartender prepared for the next session, our own little trio lingered, clinging to the echo of an intimate musical experience. Niels Lan Doky, the musical director of The Standard Jazz Club should be warmly applauded for upholding Copenhagen’s global jazz reputation. Treat yourself to a culinary and jazz experience at The Standard, Havnegade 44.