RETURN: The Jazz Cafe


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Q. What do Gil Scott Heron, Herbie Hancock, Mulatua, Astake, Lee Scratch Perry, D’Angelo, Lana Del Ray, Bobby Womack and Amy Winehouse all have in common?

A. They’ve all performed at Camden’s Jazz Cafe, which is reopening after a £3million renovation project.

By the looks of the announced line-up, it’s not just the 25-years-old venue that’s had a face-lift. The programme packs a punch, with established quality lining up alongside emerging sounds on the scene. For example, you can get down there to see the likes of Dave Harrington or Portico. How about Mammal Hands with a smattering of soul and hip hop options to broaden the palate? It’s tasty.

With a vibey new look and feel, here’s to London regaining a venue equal to its history and famous name.

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It is surprising when someone who does not identify as a ‘lover of musicals’ enthuses so whole-heartedly about something in the genre — this happened to me multiple times on a recent trip to the States.

Believe it or not, the musical event that is sweeping a multitude of music-lovers in the USA (beyond the usual Broadway pilgrims) is a biography of American founding-father Alexander Hamilton. Fusing hip-hop, rap, R&B, british pop (as well as musical theatre), if the soundtrack is anything to go by it won’t be long before Hamilton and its revolutionary notions find their way to British shores.

Musical history has never had such flow — props to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his dope compositional chops.

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