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. (http://files.meetup.com/222799/Statement%20of%20purpose.pdf)

There is a small one-off 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. 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 (5+)

CONVERGENCE – Shinya Fukumori, Iain Ballamy, BJ Cole, Chris Montague.

Well, this is a pretty exciting, unique and unusual. Exciting – look at that lineup! Unique – it'll be the only time this band plays together. Unusual – no keyboards, no bass (sorry Rob) but it does have electric guitar and pedal steel guitar, saxophones and drums. FUSION It's fusion, with zen-like space and a whiff of ECM. The Cockpit website booking page: http://bit.ly/YC-Convergence If you RSVP please be sure to book your tickets via the link above. Seats are not numbered and it's usually quite easy to sit in a group. LJM MEMBERS I'm working on a ticket deal for all London Jazz Meetup members. News shortly – I hope. INCREDIBLE MUSICIANS Shinya Fukumori – drums BJ Cole – pedal steel guitar Iain Ballamy – saxophones Chris Montague – guitar The programme will feature compositions by all four musicians. SHINYA FUKUMORI is a composer / drummer and ECM recording artist. Shinya is known for his melodic and rhythmic approach with a wide range of dynamics to drum-set playing and unique and sensitive cymbal work, which creates a very distinctive sound. Shinya's attention to timbre, detail and space is also reflected in the colour-fields of his free-floating ballads. Shinya Fukumori's recent ECM album "For 2 Akis" has received great critical acclaim. BJ COLE is nothing short of a legend of pedal steel guitar. Whether co-writing with the Orb, re-interpreting Roy Orbison with Brian Eno or creating a context for the pedal steel in folk music with Martin Simpson, BJ Cole continues to prove himself the most essential and pioneering pedal steel guitarist in the UK today. BJ has worked with artists as diverse as David Sylvian, Elton John, Marc Bolan, Scott Walker, The Stranglers, Depeche Mode, Beck, Bjork, Sting, John Cale and Tom Jones, earning himself considerable respect as both an innovative and exciting creative force. "Best Pedal Steel player in the World I'd say .." – Sting ECM recording artist IAIN BALLAMY is an internationally recognised saxophonist and composer who has been variously described as urbane, original, freethinking and uncompromising. Highlights of a career spanning over 30 years include playing with Loose Tubes, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, Kenny Werner, Gil Evans, George Coleman, The Karnataka college of percussion, John Taylor, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin, The Britten Sinfonia, Mike Gibbs, Carla Bley, John Dankworth etc. CHRIS MONTAGUE is one of the most innovative guitarists and musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years, Chris Montague is widely recognised for his skills as a composer and performer. As a composer Chris has received several commissions, including: Royal Academy of Music Big Band, Threads Orchestra, EFG London Jazz Festival and several large guitar ensemble pieces for Hull and London Jazz Festivals. Some of the musicians and bands Chris has worked with have included; Troyka, Squarepusher, Benny Greb’s Moving Parts, Janek Gwizdala, Monocled Man, Django Bates, Colin Town’s Blue Touch Paper, Nick Smart’s Trogon, Trish Clowe’s Tangent. Chris's new band project is titled 'Warmer Than Blood' and a new album is due for release next year. “Fukumori is among the most poetic of drummers, his light touch lending only the necessary textures and rhythms: reminiscent of the late, great drummer Paul Motian, a frequent contributor to ECM recordings.” Mark Sullivan, allaboutjazz THE PRODUCERS YOKOHAMA CALLING is a UK based not-for-profit producer. We present outstanding Japanese artists in unique cross-cultural events. www.yokohama-calling.org

Chamber Jazz Trio feat. Art Themen, Terence Collie & Nick Lenner-Webster

We are delighted to be back for the second of our autumn series at this beautiful and unique venue in the heart of Waterloo. This month we are lucky to have Art Themen on saxes as our special guest joining Terence Collie on piano and Nick Lenner-Webster on bass. This stylish, friendly and intimate venue boasts a beautiful Steinway grand piano and seats up to 45 people. We will meet in the bar/lounge area upstairs from 7.30pm and move down to the concert before the start of the music at 8pm. Tickets in advance - £13+booking fee from www.moodindigoevents.co.uk or £16 on the night Door/bar 7.30pm, Music 8pm

Jazz On The Plaza - Jazz Duo with Richard Halligan & Terence Collie

A high-end acoustic jazz duo concert featuring Richard Halligan on saxophone with Terence Collie on piano. The venue is a friendly and intimate family-run café in leafy Kew which houses a beautiful Fazioli grand piano. Optional light meals are served and the audience are invited to bring their own wine. Seats maximum 30 people so early booking recommended! The Café is a stone's throw from Kew Gardens Tube Station (District Line and Overground from North London) on the side heading towards Richmond. NB: Booking in advance essential. It's recommended to arrive at around 7pm when doors open. Tickets £12 online through www.moodindigoevents.co.uk or from the venue in advance if local.

Faye Pattons Jazz Speakeasy @ The Green Note

Green Note

Faye Pattons Jazz Speakeasy at The Green Note. Sunday 28th April 8pm (doors 7.30pm) Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on door. Come and see me playing at my regular haunt - downstairs in the piano bar basement, at Camdens beautiful (and now multi-award winning) Green Note (http://www.facebook.com/GreenNoteMusic) club on Sun 28th April, 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Entry £10 adv. £12 on door. The event and space has a retro '20s speakeasy feel and dressing for the occasion is optional extra fun if you want to be 'in the mood' - think Bugsy Malone, zoot suits, flapper dresses, singing detective vibe, Harlem, Idlewild ... I'll be in suit and tie, looking the part as per usual! Come smart or casual, ready to tap your toes, nod appreciatively and drink a few highballs, sidecars or other prohibition era drinks in this highly atmospheric and intimate speakeasy style bar. Expect bluesy, soulful vocals, blistering piano hooks and glittering guitar riffs. Drummer Ian Newton-Grant will be adding some funk to the proceedings. Capacity is 25 - very cosy! Tickets are on sale already. We expect an early sell-out! Why not book early and treat yourself to an exclusive musical experience? Tickets are available via this direct link below: CLICK HERE TO BOOK: http://www.ticketweb.uk/event/faye-patton-green-note-tickets/9574305 The Green Note (http://www.greennote.co.uk/) 106 Parkway, London NW1 7AN. Tel:[masked]

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