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+)

[Performer member gig] Faye Patton Solo Gig @ Toulouse Lautrec, SE11


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.

Infusion Live @ The Alexandra Pub, Penge, SE20

The Alexandra

If, like me, your jazz tastes lie on the plugged-in, post-post bop, fusion end of the spectrum, you might like this South London gig. It's a new venue for me and a new band, but they sound worth checking out: they're called Infusion. "Infusion" was co founded by versatile Bass player Russell Prett & virtuoso Pianist Stuart Brown in 2015 with the aim to replicate some of the iconic tunes of the "Fusion"era. Initially the band tried out different drummers and guitarists and settled in 2016 on Andy Gray an experienced south London drummer who seems comfortable and at home with all styles, plus the experimental Italian guitarist Matteo Ciminari who immediately imposed his distinctive improvised sound on the band. They will be playing essentially a 'greatest hits' of bands from the seventies, eighties - the peak of the fusion explosion - such as John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Return to Forever (I'm licking my lips already!) There's always a need for more South London gigs given, well, half the capital lives there; this gig is (which is good for me), within walking distance of my house in Beckenham, but is - crucially - within close distance of Penge West (Overground) or Penge East (Southeastern Rail), 15 mins from central London, and plenty of bus routes too. So, very accessible. As far as I can see, this is a free gig (or tips for the musicians, most likely), the emphasis being on a good live atmosphere with a small crowd in a nice London pub. No reserved seating so likely best get there a little before the start; I'll have a meetup table sign with me.

Jazz in the round @the cockpit

The Cockpit Theatre

First of the year of this monthly event promoting contemporary jazz, organised by Jazz fm dj’s ChrisPhillips and Jez Nelson There’s 3 acts with, hopefully, something for everyone: - Rory Simmons septet performing the music of Eric Dolphy - pianist Sam Leak - PYJÆN, a group described as “rooted in improvised music and the jazz tradition, but with a vision of pushing music forward in new directions.Their sound has many influences... Rock, electro, afrobeat, hip hop and jazz fusion being a few of them.” Doors open, djs start at 7 , so meet in the bar from then. £12 if buying in advance http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/jazz_in_the_round

Nick Malcolm's 'j a d e' + JZ Replacement @ Con Cellar Bar [£8/5]

Back to the 1st Friday of the month, with the usual recipe of two amazing bands. ​j a d e: Nick Malcolm - trumpet / compositions Jake McMurchie - sax Will Harris - bass Ric Yarborough - drums ​We're very excited to be welcoming back the brilliant trumpeter, improviser and composer (and long-time friend of the Con) Nick Malcolm with his new project 'j a d e', as part of their UK tour for their new album, 'Real Isn't Real'. ​The group deconstructs through sampling and contemporary improvisation original compositions influenced by the AACM, JDilla, Burial, and English church music. It features leading bassist Will Harris, Birmingham based drummer and producer Ric Yarborough and Get The Blessing Saxophonist Jake McMurchie. ​Nick is one of the foremost musicians in UK contemporary jazz and free improvisation. He has had a gig broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz on 3, released two albums to critical acclaim (a third is on its way) and toured his music nationally including at London and Manchester jazz festivals. He has worked with musicians like Alexander Hawkins, Olie Brice, Corey Mwamba, Hannah Marshall and Mark Sanders. He is a Take Five Edition IX artist, a professional development scheme for emerging creative jazz musicians run by Serious. He also plays regularly with UK folk legend Eliza Carthy in her Wayward Band. ​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z8BjkKW1yk '...A Supremely Gifted Musician...A Trumpet Player For The 21st Century...Wow!' - Bebop Spoken Here + JZ Replacement Zhenya Strigalev - sax Jamie Murray - drums ​An intense, high energy live experience from masters Zhenya Strigalev and Jamie Murray, JZ Replacement reflects lots of varied inspirations through their musical journeys and studies, creating an organic yet very original sound. Some people see their Indian influences, some Charlie Parker or Chris Dave. Their focus here is create something very tight and precise (which is often not possible with bigger groups) while being totally free and creative, with an abundance of heavy swinging grooves, complex melodies as well as just some catchy simple melodies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTJP62uHR-M “…fascinatingly intense, winding and staccato performance – a real orchestrated duo…” – London Jazz News “Always it’s a surreal, impressive brew” – ★★★★ Jazzwise ​​ As ever, it's doors at 8:30, first band 9pm. Entry £8 / 5 students, tickets cash on door only. http://concellarjazz.com Please note that the Con Cellar is a small and intimate venue and the limited seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis; meetup members usually congregate upstairs for a drink from 8 / 8:15 to ensure a good spot. We hope to see you there!

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