If the word ‘jazz’ conjures up images of interminable trumpet solos, fat men with clarinets or earnest beatnik types chin-stroking in coffee bars then East London collective The Jazzmeet should change all that.
After a year at The Shoreditch it’s moved to the nearby Floripa. While the venue has changed the format remains the same – a performance from the house or guest band bookended by some of the best jazz DJs in town. And it’s free.
The live playing is exuberant – think the funkier, more dancefloor end of the genre – by musicians who have proved their chops on record or live. A common feature of its previous venue was the arrival of an extremely sharp-suited elderly gentleman who would soft-shoe shuffle to the band and blow kisses to the young crowd.
This Sunday (March 25) they welcome a guest performance by The Greg Foat Group, who were shortlisted in Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards this year and have been getting radio airplay thanks to Jamie Cullum and, of all people, Chris Evans. Their new album is due out on Jazzman Records in the coming months.
For your belly, Floripa offers a Brazilian roast, with something called The Girl From Ipanema Gravy.
By Paul Dietrich
Photo by Graham Bergdahl (Bergseyeview)
Londonist has already compiled a list of the best jazz venues in town. The Jazzmeet is a worthy addition. It happens weekly on Sundays from 5pm until midnight. Free entry.