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Expect a mood of 1920s decadence at a new haunt for this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival

09 November, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Hampstead Lounge and Jazz Club is in the cellar of the former Duke of Hamilton pub

The start of the gargantuan EFG London Jazz Festival is being marked by the opening of a new jazz venue, Hampstead Lounge and Jazz Club.

It’s taking the place of the much-loved Duke of Hamilton pub that was flooded last May. The new venue is in the cellar of the former pub where local musicians Will Bartlett and violinist Nico Beedle first played a couple of songs with Steve Coxshall, the owner, back in 2013. The musicians suggested starting a jazz night which quickly turned into a success.

Steve Coxshall has been in charge of the transformation, with help from pianist Will Bartlett and his singers and instrumental­ists.

Now, says Coxshall: “You can expect a decadent 1920s French/boudoir feel to the two-level 270-capacity venue. There are big mirrors, massive chandeliers, dark red, rich gold furnishings. An intimate jazz club on the lower ground floor can hold 50 people seated plus another 20 at the bar while the upstairs lounge can host 200 people.”

Mishka Adams – Thursday

First gigs at the new Hampstead Lounge and Jazz Club include:

Sunday, November 12: Spanish piano trio Naima;
Monday, November 13: Trumpeter Martin Shaw plays with Will Bartlett’s trio;
Tuesday, November 14: Saxophonist Jon Shenoy mixes voices with Will Bartlett’s gritty Hammond organ boogaloo;
Wednesday, November 15: Repeat of Tuesday’s Jon Shenoy/Will Bartlett gig;
Thursday, November 16: Brazil­ian vibes played by Mishka Adams’ Urubu + pianist John-Paul Muir.

Hampstead Lounge and Jazz Club, 22 New End, Hampstead. All gigs start at 8pm, 07548 749 171, www.nw3jazzlounge.co.uk

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