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+)

Join the Din - live at Karamel London N22

Karamel Vegan Restaurant

Come and join us at Karamel Restaurant for our weekly Jazz at Karamel night. This Thursday we'll host the talented "Join The Din" 5 piece double drum kit, dueling saxes and pumping tuba, a contemporary ensemble that embodies the new vibrant East London live music scene. The lineup features Rich Muscat sax alto and Ronan Perrett sax tenore, Ed Ashby on tuba, Riccardo Castellani and Emanuela Monni on drums. Special guest Chris Barrett on tuba. Explosive, deep and excentric the band catches audience's imagination through intense and eclectic performances...best way to experience it? See it live! More about Join The Din here: https://www.facebook.com/jointhedin/ Doors 7pm, music begins at 8pm. Please RSVP and a table will be reserved for "London Jazz Meetup" Tickets from £5 (students) to £10 on the door. Early birds tickets (£8) are available here: https://www.musicglue.com/karamel/events/2019-05-23-join-the-din-karamel About us: Karamel is North London's premier hub for live music, arts and spoken word events. Nestled in the Wood Green Cultural Quarter deep within the heart of Chocolate Factory 2, Karamel is a family run venue that is part of a thriving community of musicians, producers, artists and creative businesses. Winning a Time Out award in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, the venue has become renowned for Jazz, World, Spoken Word and for showcasing the best in emerging talent - with the occasional legend thrown in the mix.

TRISTAN - THE SPICE OF FIVE

The Duke New End Theatre

Hampstead Jazz Club is proud to present: JAZZ, FUNK & SOUL WITH TRISTAN – Dutch five-piece Tristan’s music can be best described as feel-good vintage Acid Jazz, with the energy, vibe and sounds of today, performed by some of the best contemporary pop/jazz musicians from Europe. Their new album was recorded with ‘the 5-piece core’ of the band. Pure, energetic, groovy songs will appear on their ‘The Spice of Five’ album (Release April 2019) Tristan’s trademark of solid grooves and tight punchy arrangements of funky rhythm guitars and outstanding rhythm section is pure class. All this underpins singer Evelyn Kallansee’s stunningly beautiful vocals. It will take you back to that great warm and soothing sound of the 70’s, with a fresh breeze of influences from the present. While the high energy grooves of Tristan encompasses musical similarities to bands such as Tower of Power, Snarky Puppy, or classic Acid Jazz acts such as Incognito and the Brand New Heavies, Tristan’s exquisite high quality of compositions and arrangements is what makes this group stand out from their contemporaries with their signature musicianship. “Tristan were an absolute blast! They nailed it right from the first number, impressing the audience with their exemplary musicianship and original compositions.” Steve Wright, Jazz Curator, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club, UK “Tristan’s uplifting grooves and consummate musicianship provided an upbeat energy that well fitted our festival vibe. Hopefully more UK audiences will get the chance to discover them.” Tony Benjamin, Bristol Harbourfest 2016 “It gives me great pleasure to spread the news of Tristan’s new album. Dutch jazz fusion and soul at it’s finest! A collection of instrumentals that will enthral musicians everywhere and beautifully penned songs with gorgeous voices! Check it out! Peace…” –Bluey (Incognito) “. . . an uncompromising recipe of Tower of Power’s funky jazz hits, Toto’s slick pop/R&B crossover arrangements and Steely Dan’s intricate pop/jazz melodies.” – SoulTracks “Doesn’t look like you need the Hampton Horns anymore! haha! Wow…. it sounds great, I love you guys” – Randy Brecker

Dirty Blues Suz & Never the Bride (A Bit on the Side)

Vout-O-Reenee's

£15.00

Come and see something up close & personal in a beautiful intimate quirky setting, Vout-o-Reenees. Usually a member's only club deep in the heart of East London, for this night they'll be open to the public. Nikki & Been from 'Never The Bride' will be sharing songs they've written, stories of their crazy lives on the road and sharing some of their fave classics that inspired them to become musicians. Listen Here - Songbird Live at The Stables Theatre - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfVi04-DkaY Joining them, The Queen of Bawdy Blues herself with gorgeous George Webster... Oh, What a night this will be! TICKETS HERE- Buy Now, when they're gone they're gone!! https://www.wegottickets.com/event/465121

Miles Davis In a Silent Way - live @ The Jazz Cafe, Camden

Come and join me on a Sunday evening for a live rendition of arguably the first jazz fusion album - the Miles Davis Classic, In A Silent Way. We listened to it a couple of months ago as a meetup at a 'Classic Album Sunday' - let's go one better and finish the weekend in grand style. Marking the beginning of his “electric” period, In a Silent Way has been regarded by music writers as Davis’s first fusion recording, following a stylistic shift toward the genre in his previous records and live performances. Upon its release, the album was met by controversy among music critics, particularly those of jazz and rock music, who were divided in their reaction to its experimental musical structure and Davis’s electric approach. Since its initial reception, it has been regarded by fans and critics as one of the trumpeter’s greatest and most influential works. This year is the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’ iconic album In A Silent Way. The show is led by Where Pathways Meet bandleader Axel Kaner-Lidstrom and the line up is Binker Golding – Tenor Saxophone Charlie Stacey – Keys Roella Oloro – Keys Eriksson Kaner – Keys Ciaran Corr – Guitar Michael Shrimpling – Bass Jake Long – Drums Tickets are £15, and available here: https://thejazzcafelondon.com/event/miles-davis-silent-way/

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