What we're about

Welcome to the London Jazz Meetup . This is a group for people who love jazz and live music in all its varied forms: from swing to be-bop, acid jazz to jazz-rock. If your friends are into R 'n' B or the latest in hard-house or Justin Bieber (!) and you're not, and you need to find a group in which you can feel at home, this is the group. We're about jazz music, socialising and having fun - this is not about jazz bores wearing turtle-neck jumpers! Membership is growing, so by joining you'll get a wide variety of music and get to meet some great people of all ages and backgrounds. Jazz is increasingly popular; it is still most definitely cool!

So our aim is simple. To provide an open forum for lovers of good music to meet and enjoy music in a range of venues across the city, from the large to the small and most of all to have fun. Think of it as 3400+ friends you can call upon to go to great gigs and other events with. It's mostly about going to gigs, but we have social meetups too and, with enough support from members, other things like jam sessions, picnics and cinema visits. It also offers scope for musicians - or those learning jazz music - to hook up and share their passion. So introduce yourself and share why you joined. Do check the calendar for news about events - members are always on the lookout for suggestions for the best live jazz in London...and guaranteed fun.

This document sets out what the meetup is about and what you can expect from it.

There is a small one-off voluntary membership fee for this jazz meetup - the £2 helps with the running costs of the meetup website, but it's also there to encourage members to commit to contributing to the group. If you pay something, you're more likely to want to join in and get value from this - after joining up, all other meetups are free (other than paying for entry to any events, which is members' responsibility).

[NOTE - since the site re-design of meetup, they've removed from the front page the membership subscriptions tabs. So, just click on 'members'; on the left hand column of this page (the old design), you'll see about a third of the way down where it says 'Membership fee' - click on that, and you can pay through PayPal (no account needed)]

How much is in the calendar is entirely down to the membership.
I cannot stress this enough. If there aren't gigs in the calendar you want to go and see, then think about running a meetup yourself. Meetups like this thrive on everyone joining in and contributing once in a while, and not just waiting for the organisers to, well, organise everything. If you want more variety in the calendar, then come up with ideas and suggest them. Get involved and help make this a successful meetup. Why not offer to become a 'host', so you can put gig meetups in the calendar that you want to see?

London is a fantastic city full of great music and friendly people - sign up and make the most of it !

Upcoming events (4+)

JAZZ AND POLO AT THE HAM POLO CLUB

Needs a location

Something a bit different!
I wanted to invite you to a JAZZ & POLO eve at the beautiful grounds of the Ham polo club in Richmond. Will be performing some swinging jazz and bossa nova with a quintet on the club roof top on May 26th. Polo starts from 5.30pm. Music around 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Noa Alvarez-vocals
Meredith White-keys
Martin Young- double bass
Tormod SundA-trumpet
Dagfinn Sund-sax

*Please note no tickets on the door. *Advance only. Early sales £10 entry for non members. Free under 13
*Kids are free and welcome. Dogs welcome too.
*There will be a bar service and optional bbq too.

You can book below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/polo-bbq-and-jazz-tickets-318894160017

Ham Polo Club, Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AH .

Nearest Tube and Train Station - Richmond. Taxi 5 minutes or No. 65 bus from Kingston or Richmond stops outside the club gates. Walking along the river from Richmond takes 25 minutes.

Hope to see you then! Best wishes,
Noa

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Espen Berg Trio @ Pizza Express, Soho

Needs a location

Anyone want to join me to enjoy some contemporary Norwegian Trio jazz music? I've got a particular bent for Norwegian jazz at the moment and these guys seem worth listening to.

I've booked myself a ticket to see the Espen Gerg Trio on 1 June at the Pizza Express Soho. Members are welcome.

About Espen Berg Trio
They are an award-winning piano trio from Norway and you can trace a path in their music back to EST. Their music brings associations to Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, Shai Maestro or Tigran Hamasyan, but is primarily a personal addition to the legacy of the piano trio and the evolution of the Nordic jazzscene, lead by a combination of strong melodies, rhythmic complexity, immense technical abilities and a playful interaction.

https://youtu.be/p8-ifkuNn4U

Booking
Tickets are £25 each - you can book via this link. https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/espen-berg-trio#scr-booking

Doors open at 1830h, show starts around 2030h. I'm going to aim to get there about 1915h, have some dinner there, and then enjoy the music.

If you purchase a ticket, when doing so (either by phone or online) under preferences, ask to be sat on the same table/group as Rob Mallows.

Hope to see a few members there.

[Because (a) it's a small venue and b) with ticketed gigs, it's always more challenging to corral and group members together, I've put an upper limit on the group size.]

Jazz East Jubilee Festival - celebrating 70 Years of Great Jazz in Great Britain

Jazz is in Ruins..so celebrate at the London East Jazz Network's FREE Festival of Jazz

I'm really pleased to invite all London Jazz Meetup Members to this very special celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with this cool jazz festival in the stunning setting of the Ruins of Barking Abbey in Barking Town Centre, East London.

Telling the story of Great Jazz in Great Britain, Jazz East Jubilee takes us on a musical journey from the 50's right up to today.

The finale is headlined by SNOWBOY & THE LATIN SECTION with other fab acts including Tomorrow's Warrior's SULTAN STEVENSON TRIO and exciting new jazz fusion combo CONG-FUSION

Completely FREE ENTRY & Suitable for families, picnics and live music fans of all ages, this outdoor festival is part of Barking and Dagenham' Summer of Festivals programme and everyone's welcome!

For full lineup and contacts checkout

www.jazzeastjubilee.live

Hope to see you on Saturday 4th June between 3pm and 8pm...it WILL be fun and once I get an idea of numbers will locate great spot for an LJMU gathering place!

Mark

Mark Kass
Host

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it is an outdoor fest so bring blankets, chairs raincoats and wellies just in case!. Food and Drink tents available with most dietary options!

GoGo Penguin @ O2 Academy Brixton

Needs a location

[Note - new scheduled time for meetup.]

Come and join me and meetup members at the O2 in Brixton for this hip-to-the-max, but brilliant UK group. They combine jazz with electronica, trip-hop and strong anthemic melodies. Check out some of their many videos on YouTube for inspiration.

I've not seen them before live but they've come highly recommended from a number of Meetup members who've seen them. They're definitely in the EST/Portico Quartet part of the jazz venn diagram - won't be to everyone's taste, but they're very much at the cutting edge of new European jazz. Indeed, Portico Quartet's a support act.

Tickets are reasonable, £29 for standing or unreserved seating (which I've got) in the balcony, though they stiff you a little on the additional charges (natch). Members are free to choose standing/sitting, but it would be great if either group of members could stand/sit together, and we should all meetup ahead of time.

Ticket details: https://soundcrashmusic.com/gogo-penguin-2-jzz/?utm_source=promoted&utm_medium=paid_social&fbclid=IwAR34FYBLlMi_pwcw99Vdt0ta3nbg31fkv_U-ZfJ9IlBgP7dSW0GS2jBajcw

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Downstairs Jam @ the Vortex

Needs a location

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