Official Venues of Soho.Live Jazz Week 2019
Yamaha Music London, Wardour St.
The musical instrument shop has been trading in London since 1811, when the original company, Chappell & Co., was founded. Chappell & Co. also published music, but in 1980 Chappell's piano manufacturing and retail business was sold to Kemble & Company who then continued to run the premises under the same name "Chappell of Bond Street". The publishing business of Chappell Music was later taken over by Warner Brothers becoming Warner/Chappell Music. The Bond Street premises were completely refurbished in 1986 to mark the 175th year of trading.
What’s on at Yamaha Music London for Soho.Live Jazz Week
100 Wardour St, Wardour St.
100 Wardour St is a Soho restaurant offering a stylish Lounge and a glamorous basement Club serving breakfast, cocktails and spectacular sharing dishes. Historically it was known as The Marquee Club, which was a music venue first located at 165 Oxford Street,
It was a key venue for early performances by bands who were to achieve worldwide fame in the 1960s and remained a venue for young bands in the following decades. It was the location of the first-ever live performance by The Rolling Stones on 12 July 1962.
What’s on at 100 Wardour St. for Soho.Live Jazz Week
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Frith St.
The club opened on 30 October 1959 in a basement at 39 Gerrard Street in London's Soho district. It was set up and managed by musicians Ronnie Scott and Pete King. In 1965 it moved to a larger venue nearby at 47 Frith Street. The original venue continued in operation as the "Old Place" until the lease ran out in 1967, and was used for performances by the up-and-coming generation of musicians.
Zoot Sims was the club's first transatlantic visitor in 1962, and was succeeded by many others (often saxophonists whom Scott and King, tenor saxophonists themselves, admired, such as Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt) in the years that followed. Many UK jazz musicians were also regularly featured, including Tubby Hayes and Dick Morrissey who would both drop in for jam sessions with the visiting stars. In the mid-1960s, Ernest Ranglin was the house guitarist. The club's house pianist until 1967 was Stan Tracey. For nearly 30 years it was home of a Christmas residency to George Melly and John Chilton's Feetwarmers. In 1978, the club established the label Ronnie Scott's Jazz House, which issued both live performances from the club and new recordings.
What’s on at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club for Soho.Live Jazz Week
Japes, Dean St.
Japes is a specialist restaurant that make deep-dish Chicago-style pizzas. All their recipes are crafted in-house using only the finest and freshest ingredients. Their late night cocktails make for an exciting accompliment to their new live music lineup.
What’s on at Japes for Soho.Live Jazz Week
Bill’s Soho, Brewer St.
Bill's is a British cafe chain founded by Bill Collison in 2000 when he opened a small greengrocery in Lewes, East Sussex.
What’s on at Bill’s Soho London for Soho.Live Jazz Week
Ain't Nothin But Blues Bar, Kingly St.
Blues club hosting both local and American acts nightly, with jam sessions on Monday and Sunday.
What’s on at Ain't Nothin But Blues Bar for Soho.Live Jazz Week
L'Escargot, Greek St.
Soho began to be developed after the Great Fire of London in 1666, when over 13,000 houses were destroyed and 100,000 citizens left homeless. The area, then called Soho Fields, was an obvious location for the wealthy to build their property, being within easy reach of the royal palaces of Westminster, Whitehall and St James's. The name Soho is said to derive from "so-ho", a popular hunting cry of the time.
Georges Gaudin established a restaurant in 1896 at the bottom end of Greek Street, called Le Bienvenue. He became famous for his snails, his being the first restaurant in England to serve the great delicacy. When in 1927 he moved to larger premises at 48 Greek Street, his customers implored him to rename his restaurant L'Escargot after his most popular dish. He acquiesced, and called the new restaurant L'Escargot Bienvenue. His snail farm in the basement of the new restaurant became quite a talking point. A plaster bust of Gaudin riding a snail, with the motto "slow but sure", remains to this day on display outside the restaurant.
What’s on at L’Escargot for Soho.Live Jazz Week
Hotel Café Royal, Air St.
By the 1890s the Café Royal had become the place to see and be seen at. Its patrons have included Oscar Wilde, Aleister Crowley, Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Noël Coward, Brigitte Bardot, Max Beerbohm, George Bernard Shaw, Jacob Epstein, Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, Muhammad Ali and Diana, Princess of Wales.The café was the scene of a famous meeting on 24 March 1895, when Frank Harris advised Oscar Wilde to drop his charge of criminal libel against the Marquess of Queensberry, father of Alfred Douglas. Queensberry was acquitted, and Wilde was subsequently tried, convicted and imprisoned. From 1951, the Café Royal was the home of the National Sporting Club. It was bought by David Locke in 1972.
Prominent personalities continued to host important events through the early 21st century at the establishment. Kanye West played 20 new songs in 2014 when he DJ'ed at a private party with Frank Ocean at the Café Royal. At a private after-party for the British Fashion Awards, hosted by Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell at Café Royal, guests in attendance included Harry Styles, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna. Lewis Hamilton and Serena Williams jointly held a victory gala at the Café Royal for the 2016 British Grand Prix and Wimbledon Championships attended by various celebrities including Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Anthony Joshua and Venus Williams.
What’s on at Hotel Café Royal for Soho.Live Jazz Week
Soho Theatre, Dean St.
Soho Theatre is one of the country’s busiest venues with a year-round festival programme of theatre, comedy and cabaret. Six shows a night. Three stages. One buzzing bar.
What’s on at Soho Theatre for Soho.Live Jazz Week
Spice of Life, Moor St.
The Spice of Life is a pub at Cambridge Circus in London's Charing Cross Road. The pub was founded as The George & Thirteen Cantons in or before 1759, and later became The Scots Hoose. By 1975 it had been renamed The Spice of Life.
What’s on at Spice of Life for Soho.Live Jazz Week
Quo Vadis, Dean St.
Quo Vadis is a restaurant and private club in Soho, London. It primarily serves modern British food. It was founded in 1926 by an Italian named Peppino Leoni and has passed through numerous owners since then, including celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, and is currently owned by Sam and Eddie Hart, also the owners of Barrafina. The restaurant is named after the Latin phrase Quo vadis?, meaning "Where are you going?"
What’s on at Quo Vadis for Soho.Live Jazz Week
The Court Club, Kingly St.
The Court can be found in the former Kingly Street site once home to Bag O’Nails, the club keeps rich musical history alive with a piano stage and nightly live entertainment. And, not just another private members’ club, service and hospitality will be at the forefront, overseen by General Manager Richard Haddon, formerly of Mahiki London, and The Court’s founder and host, Harry Mead.
What’s on at The Court Club for Soho.Live Jazz Week
The Piano Bar Soho, Carlise St.
The Piano Bar Soho is a private cocktail lounge with spectacular live music, based in a townhouse, just off London's vibrant Soho Square.
What’s on at the Piano Bar Soho for Soho.Live Jazz Week