Venue Spotlight: The Jazz Cafe, London

This week, we find out more about The Jazz Cafe, London.

We spoke to the Head of Marketing and Press, Becca McLeish, who tells us all about London's famous jazz venue - from their massive renovation in 2016, to future acts to keep an eye out for.

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Venue details:

  • The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG
  • Established: 1990
  • Capacity: 500

Tell us a little about the venue and your role there...

The venue was established in 1990, but The Columbo Group took over it 2 years ago (The Columbo Group also owns Old Queens Head, Camden Assembly, Phonox, XOYO and 3x Blues Kitchen venues). I'm the head of Marketing and Press.

Has the venue gone through any major changes since it opened (location, renovation, style of music etc)?

Huge renovation 2 years ago when we took over the venue, including the interiors, building a 3rd bar, improving the sound system, food and drinks, as well as improving the overall gig experience.

How many gigs or club nights a week do you host?

Seven gigs a week and two club nights (we're open seven nights a week).

Which band that's played your venue has gone on to be the best known?

Tom Misch.

Which band that played your venue deserved/deserves to be better known than they are?

London jazz trio Project Karnak.

If you could change one thing about the live music industry, what would it be?

Less egos.

What's been your proudest moment working at your venue?

Our International Women's Day event with Gal-dem this year.

What's the best show you've put on recently?

Nate Smith (12/07/18).

Are there any interesting facts/stories about the venue that people might not know, but should?!

The bars are built out of the concrete slabs from the road outside the venue.

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