Mayank Patel
Mayank Patel of the Hampstead Jazz Club.

Neighbourhood jazz clubs are the beating heart of the London jazz scene day in day out. Jazz thrives on places and people and that is why they are so important, a natural environment when players can relax, develop their craft and collaborate. The newest addition to the north London scene is the highly atmospheric Hampstead Jazz Club. Founder of the club, which is located in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton pub on New End, a short walk from the Hampstead tube station or a swift bus ride from Golders Green, 28 Church Row restaurant and Lateralize record label owner Mayank Patel showed marbank around earlier. Lateralize have just released Live in London by singer Judi Jackson.

Hampstead Jazz Club
The exterior of the Hampstead Jazz Club.

Tiny, with a cellar-like classic Parisian feel, a state of the art Autograph supplied audio rig, the same supplier who kit out the Pizza Express Jazz Club, house baby grand piano, Gretsch drum kit and a low ceiling this moves jazz club intimacy to a new level. Mayank tells me there is room for around 50 people and as he strikes a note on the piano you realise how personal the sound is. Pianist Jamie Safir is musical director of the club and the club has a roster of musicians who include the Copasetics’ Alex Webb.

Ben Robson
Duke of Hamilton landlord Ben Robson, upstairs above the club.
The club will host a freshly conceived songwriter crème de la crème-themed evening presented by singer Jo Harrop and pianist/arranger Alex Webb. Expect songs by the greats whose songs continue to shape our lives drawn from the work of Newley and Bricusse, Lionel Bart, Lennon & McCartney and Elvis Costello. Joining Alex and Jo will be the tenor saxophonist Denys Baptiste who won a Parliamentary Jazz Award recently for The Late Coltrane plus up-and-coming bassist J “This City” Darwish and drummer Pete Hill. story/pics: marlbank
The gig is on Friday 30 November. Tickets & info