In a world where pop songs, Justin Beebs, and the “dun dun dun” of night clubs swamp our auditory ear-ways, jazz is a much needed throwback that can be found in various inconspicuous places across the city. So, if Frank Sinatra has got you under the skin and you get a kick out of Ella Fitzgerald (how rude), then why not Take Five and Sing, Sing, Sing at the following jazz bars.
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Ronnie Scott’s isn’t just brimming with sax notes blowing out the door, but a really rich history dating back to 1959; the year when Miles Davis released Kind of Blue and John Coltrane tooted out Giant Steps. In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s west end where local musicians could jam. Today, fast forward however many years (I never was good at maths…), and Ronnie Scott’s is one of the most popular jazz joints to have existed, located in buzzing Soho.
Where: 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4HT
Sometimes after the stress and strains of life, all we need is to sit Martini in hand gazing at some dark, handsome stranger tinkling his fingers across a grand piano. The Wellesley understands, and has jazz embedded in its very culture. So come along and enjoy weekly jazz nights in the jazz lounge where jazz greats such as Jamie Cullum, George Melly, Amy Winehouse and Barbara Cook regularly performed.
Where: 11 Knightsbridge, London, England, SW1X 7LY
Boisdale of Belgravia really covers all bases when it comes to jazzing things up. The up-beat location is equipped with cigar terraces, whisky bars, private dining rooms and, of course, jazz! So, you can really get your Rat Pack on in this Scottish venue, and escape the modern day world of slogan T’s and unicorn glitter… (I was totally born in the wrong era!).
Where: 15 Eccleston St, Belgravia, SW1W 9LX
We’ve all heard about the Blues Brothers, but how about the Blues Kitchen! Located across three locations – Shoreditch, Brixton and Camden – it’s a real dance the night away place bursting with events such as The Harlem Swing Train, Soul Sacrifice, Chicago Shake and more.
Where: 40 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5SP
The 606 Club is about as retro as it gets; in fact it looks so cool, so Nat King Cole-esque, that it’s a real must-visit. With a continuous jazzy line-up on industry talent inclusive of Tim Garland and Georgia Cecile, you’ll be singing the blues in no time.
Where: 90 Lots Road, Chelsea, SW10 0QD
If the name doesn’t give it away, the rambunctious nature of the venue will. Jazz Cafe in Camden serves as a live music venue ideal for those who love a Friday night gig and beer sloshed over the head! Exciting up-coming events can be found here, including The Sounds of Otis Redding and Fela Kuti’s Birthday.
Where: 5 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PG