At the A-Trane jazz club you can relax to the sounds of the saxophone, discover the latest musical trends, enjoy the wee small hours or simply swing along. Despite its small size, with only a hundred seats, it’s a big venue on Berlin’s jazz scene. From Herbie Hancock and Ray Brown to Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis and Till Brönner – they all love playing the A-Trane. Every Saturday after midnight the musicians improvise at the now-legendary jam sessions.
The name A-Trane is a nod to “Trane”, the nickname of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington’s signature tune “Take the A Train”.
The A-Trane has been a permanent fixture of the international jazz scene and the nightlife at Savignyplatz since 1992. Even when Berlin was divided, the square with its cafés, bars and restaurants was a popular place to go out. Today, there are still many long-established and tradition-steeped bars at Savignyplatz such as the Diener, the Dicke Wirtin and the Zwiebelfisch. This was where the 1968 revolutionaries spent whole nights debating. In the Zillemarkt you can experience old-fashioned Berlin charm, or if you fancy something different, there are now also restaurants serving international cuisine. Take a stroll through the small boutiques and shops on the square and explore side streets like Bleibtreustraße and Knesebeckstraße with their 19th-century buildings and stylish flair. Bookworms are spoilt for choice by the small, independent bookshops all around the square.
One of the most attractive bookshops in the city is Bücherbogen under the railway arches, with its shelves full of illustrated books on architecture, design and art.
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