Hello all, Mark Anthony here, I’m guessing that we’ve already reached that time of year when we’re all regretting breaking our new year’s resolutions, or maybe it’s just me. Anyway, I hope that you’re all well and thank you for taking the time to read February’s edition of ‘The Music Connection’.
This month, I decided to write a feature on a well-known local weekly music event which I was recently introduced to, The Jazz Jam.
The Jazz Jam is one of the best longest running bebop jams in London, which takes place at the Great Northern Railway Tavern on Hornsey High Street, every Sunday from 2pm until 5.30pm. The main person behind the event is one of the originators of the bebop movement in Britain, drummer Laurie Morgan. Alongside him, his bebop trio consist of Lance Rose on double bass, Maurice Cockrell on piano and Paul Morgan on drums.
At the events, the trio can be found performing with a wide array of vocalists, saxophonists, trumpeters, guitarists and percussion players; and together, you will see and hear them perform a range of classic jazz songs by artists such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker.
I was first introduced to the event by a cousin back in July 2013 and one thing I remember from attending the first event, was how pleasantly surprised I was at how amazing the musicians were, as well as wondering why it had taken me so long to discover the event. Luckily, since then, I’ve made a point of attending the jams whenever I can.
I have to say, as well as the beautiful music, the venue itself also makes the afternoon great. The Great Northern Railway Tavern is well known for offering a tasteful range of beers and wines, as well as deliciously prepared food.
As well as The Jazz Jam, other regular events which are also held at the Great North Railway Tavern, include their Open Mic Nights, Jazz at the Tavern evenings on a Thursday, blues nights and Ska nights.
I would highly recommend to you all that you check out one of The Jazz Jam events soon. It’s a great afternoon, regardless of whether you are by yourself, or with friends and family. I will certainly be back!
You are able to see more information on The Jazz Jam events by checking out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thejazzN8 or on Twitter at @TheJazzN8.
You can also see more information on The Great Northern Railway Tavern at www.gnrt.co.uk or on Twitter at @TheGNRTavern.
Thanks for taking some time out to read this article and I’ll catch you all in next month’s edition of The Music Connection.
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See you all again in next month’s edition…