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+)

Brazilian Jazz- Luna Cohen at 606 Club

606 Club

Luna Cohen-vocals Rob Luft-guitar Sam Watts-piano Matheus Nova-bass Marius Rodrigues-drums Transport yourself to Brazil with the charismatic sounds of Luna Cohen and her band. At once joyful and sultry, their music celebrates the diversity of Brazilian culture, incorporating the colourful grooves and rhythms of Afro-Brazilian influences, Samba and Bossa Nova, with a new and thoroughly modern approach. Savour the lively melodies and improvisation of a quintet which has performed for global audiences for three years, featuring the warm vocals of singer Luna Cohen with Rob Luft on guitar, Sam Watts on piano, Matheus Nova on bass, and Marius Rodrigues on drums. The quintet’s musical repertoire combines original songs penned by Luna Cohen with exciting interpretations of the biggest icons of Brazilian music. Join Luna and her band on this powerful journey, and celebrate an enchanting music that both tells a personal story and expresses the soul of Brazil. https://www.606club.co.uk/events/view/luna-cohen-s-brazilian-jazz-night/

Suzanne Noble & George Webster - Dirty Blues & Jazz from 1920s - 40s

I'm back at the cosy Green Note Basement singing bawdy blues & jazz from the 1920s - 40s. Songs made popular by the likes of Ethel Water, Alberta Hunter, Bessie Smith, Sophie Tucker and many others. And some jazz standards too. You can find out more information by going to: https://www.greennote.co.uk/production/suzanne-noble/

Faye Patton SOLO @ TOULOUSE LAUTREC

Toulouse Lautrec

Faye Patton Solo piano/voice appearance on the first floor of the very classy Toulouse Lautrec jazz club, South Londons most beautiful multi-storey, French themed music venue. Please come along, bring friends and enjoy an intimate evening of classic jazz standards and originals, and a smooth, bluesy ambience. If music be the food of love, play on ... Why not book a table and sample some excellent food? Even though the gig is free and no ticket is needed, table reservation is recommended! Toulouse Lautrec 140 Newington Butts Kennington London SE11 4RN[masked] www.toulouselautrec.co.uk A uniquely classy evening with an unusual artist whose lush vocal style and prodigiously funky piano playing has attracted comparisons with Horace Silver, Judy Garland, Nina Simone, Kate Bush, and Rikki Lee Jones. Be prepared for a voice that reaches heights, depths and lengths that will thrill you! Here's what they say about her: "Smoke-fuelled and chameleon-like...supreme effort of both freeform and choreographed musicianship." Gareth Hayes, Rock n' Reel. "One of east London's finest jazz vocalists and pianists." Hackney Empire. "Pure Versatility...mightily impressed." Keith Ames, Musician Magazine. .................................................................................... To dine from the á la carte menu before the show Please call[masked] or Book Online Please allow 60-90 minutes for dinner reservations. Only Bar food will be served in the Jazz Club.

Tomorrow's Warriors present StringTing at Karamel

Karamel Vegan Restaurant

Tomorrow's Warriors, the hothouse for emerging young jazz musicians, presents a monthly night at Karamel. This month they're putting on StringTing, who are fresh from a UK tour with the Steve Williamson Experience. Blazing a wide trail for women and strings in jazz, StringTing’s musicians are core players in Tomorrow’s Warriors’ acclaimed Nu Civilisation Orchestra and are ones to watch as they begin to make an indelible mark on the London jazz scene. Led by violinist Rhiannon Dimond and mentored by jazz double bassist and Tomorrow’s Warriors artistic director Gary Crosby OBE, StringTing play a wide range of jazz repertoire with their unique sound combining a classical technique with a jazz approach. As well as performing as part of the Nu Civilisation Orchestra and the Jazz Jamaica All Stars, they recently toured with renowned saxophonist Steve Williamson. Doors open 7pm, music starts 8pm. Tickets: £10 otd, £8 earlybird, £5 students www.musicglue.com/karamel Photocredit: Veronica Aguilar

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