Lifestyle | 21st June 2017
The saxophone humming in the background, the dimmed lighting with that bluish tint, the nostalgic music resounding all but familiar lyrics, it’s the unmistakable, striking ambience that a jazz club has to offer! Jazz clubs have been dominating nightlife since the 1920s, it no wonder they are still such a popular choice of venue.
With so many new and eccentric clubs on the rise, however, it can become hard to distinguish these true timeless classics in the midst of the central London buzz; with dozens claiming to offer an ‘unforgettable jazz night’. At Poised HQ, we’ve put our heads together and filtered out a few hidden gems that are most definitely worth a visit!
For a guaranteed night of captivating music, great atmosphere, drinks and fun, then Ronnie Scotts is the place to go. Opened in 1959, this is the place where all the great jazz musicians have graced the stage. The music style combines the best of British modern Jazz along with the raw sounds of traditional instruments from American performers. With exquisite food, cocktails and entertainment a trip to London’s Frith Street is a must for any jazz fan.
Considered one of the best Jazz clubs in Europe, the 606 club has been delivering quality jazz music for the better part of 35 years. The venue creates a laid-back atmosphere so you can just sip on your cocktail and revel in mesmerising music. The food by Head Chef Jean Pierre adds to your whole experience, there are a range of classic modern British meals that go hand-in-hand with the atmosphere of the venue. The artists that play at 606 range from the new to the old classics, so there really is something for everyone.
The Boisdale Jazz and Cigar Club
For a slightly different jazz experience, the Boisdale jazz and cigar club combines the old-fashioned charm of a gentlemen’s club featuring a whisky bar with progressive jazz sounds. Being more of a formal atmosphere in comparison; it offers the quintessence of a typical jazz night with a slight 1940s feel. They serve a range of food, and everything takes place within the confines of an elegant Regency town house close to Buckingham Palace. The cherry on the top for Boisdale is the purpose-built cigar terrace which elevates the evening to a new level of sophistication.
The Jazz Caffe
This iconic spot is situated in Camden, one of the quirkiest areas in London, featuring an intimate atmosphere and a variety of home-grown artists such as soul legend Joe Bataan. This venue also offers a restaurant mezzanine so you can enjoy live music whilst savouring impeccable food inspired by the diverse music programme on offer. If you’re looking for a place with a wider range of artists then this is the place to be, offering everything from jazz, soul, reggae and more. Being a tight fit, however, it can get quite packed downstairs, so be sure to book a table upstairs for a more personal and luxurious experience.