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|Location||5 Parkway, Camden Town, London|
|Public transit||Camden Town|
|Owner||The Columbo Group|
In 2020 the Jazz Cafe celebrates its 30th year, having hosted some of the most respected names in the jazz and soul world – including D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Billie Eilish, Erykah Badu, Roy Ayers, Bobby Womack, John legend, The Roots and Lana Del Ray . The venue has built a reputation for booking some of the world's biggest acts alongside local talent and rising stars.
Boasting a restaurant upstairs that overlooks the stage, the venue holds 450 people across both floors.
The original Jazz Cafe was founded by Jon Dabner and Jean Marshall in the 1980s in Newington Green, Stoke Newington, and moved to Camden Town in 1990. Mean Fiddler took over bookings in 1992. In 2008 MAMA & Company acquired the Mean Fiddler Music Group and continued to operate the venue until it was purchased by The Columbo Group in January 2016, reopening with a new look, a technical upgrade, a revamped food and drink menu plus a ‘reinvigorated bookings approach’. Throughout its various owners the club has continued to showcase performers from the genres of jazz, hip hop, electronica, blues, world, reggae, Latin and soul, as well as providing a venue for new and established artists.
The Jazz Cafe has played host to such jazz musicians as Jamiroquai, Sun Ra Arkestra, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Jimmy Smith, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Archie Shepp, Eddie Harris, Cassandra Wilson, Mulatu Astatke, and many more too numerous to mention. It has hosted top-drawer funk, soul and disco artists such as Amy Winehouse, Ben E King, Leroy Burgess, Evelyn "Champagne" King, The Blackbyrds, Jocelyn Brown, Jean Carne and The Fatback Band, plus reggae artists including Lee Scratch Perry, Yellowman, The Skatalites, Max Romeo, Luciano, Horace Andy, Johnny Osbourne and Marcia Griffiths, Italian singer-songwriter Elisa, and singer-songwriter Benedict Cork. The venue also showcases music from across Africa and Latin America.
The American soul singer Bilal played the venue on the night of July 15, 2006, amidst a period of controversy surrounding his unreleased Love for Sale album. In attendance was the American writer Tamara P. Carter, who later recounted in Wax Poetics the rousing nature of his performance, which had left her "drenched in sweat".
See also Edit
- "Searching for the perfect jazz venue...", Rhythm-a-Ning, 4 October 2009.
- Ben Norum, "Camden’s Jazz Cafe to relaunch with diverse lineup, improved sound quality and a new food offering", Evening Standard, 12 April 2016.
- Carter, Tamara P. (18 January 2013). "Obeah Man". Wax Poetics. Archived from the original on 13 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
- Official website