Jazz Cafe

Music, Jazz Camden Town
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In 2015 the Jazz Cafe celebrated 25 years in business, having brought some of the most respected names in the jazz and soul world – D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Roy Ayers, Bobby Womack – to Camden Town. Then, in early 2016, the venue (once a branch of Barclays bank) was bought by The Columbo Group, proprietors of XOYO, Phonox, the Old Queen’s Head and more great London venues.

Now it’s reopened with a new look, a technical upgrade and a revamped food and drink menu, plus a ‘reinvigorated bookings approach’: more new and rising acts, but still with a focus on funk, soul, R&B and electronic music. With a capacity of 440 it’s an intimate gig space, and the two-level layout offers you a choice: get sweaty in the downstairs standing area, or book an upstairs table for a bit of luxury and a guaranteed good view.

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Venue name: Jazz Cafe
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Address: 5
Parkway
Camden
London
NW1 7PG
Transport: Tube: Camden Town
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  • House, disco and techno Until Saturday March 25 2017
  • Dance and electronic Saturday March 25 2017
  • Folk, country and blues Sunday March 26 2017
  • Jazz Monday March 27 2017
  • Latin and world Thursday March 30 2017
  • Jazz Friday March 31 2017
  • Classical and opera Saturday April 1 2017
  • Rap, hip hop and R&B Monday April 3 2017
  • Funk, soul and disco Tuesday April 4 2017 - Tuesday April 18 2017
  • Acoustic Tuesday April 4 2017 - Wednesday April 26 2017
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Ruth J
Tastemaker

Recently went to see The Transatlantic Choral Ensemble perform Rumours, the Fleetwood Mac album. The music was always going to be good but The Jazz Café is a great place to watch any gig. The area is designed so that no matter where you are you have a great view of the stage, drinks are reasonably priced and there is always a great atmosphere in there.

VanessaK
tastemaker

Been to jazz cafe couple of times. One time to see amazing Nick Waterhouse, and once just for some random jazz night. The venue has great space, seats upstairs and standing and few seats downstairs. It's quite small, but that's what I really liked about it. You are close to the band either way. The drinks are bit too pricey, but definitely recommend to all jazz lovers, for a know or unknown gig, you will have a great time.

Sarah B
Tastemaker

I know it's early, but I'm gonna put it out there and say that I attended my gig of the year at Jazz Café. The stellar line-up of disgustingly talented musicians that DJ Henry Wu had lined up for a Freddie Hubbard-shaped evening fronted by young and charismatic Trumpeter Yelfris Valdés absolutely blew my mind. I knew it would be good but I don't think anyone in the room had anticipated such a showstopper. 

Jazz is undeniably experiencing a quiet comeback of sorts and how much of that is down to Damien Chazelle is yet to be seen but one thing is for sure; the Jazz Cafe is where you ought to be to brush up. It's a new-look institution with a bold and exhilarating line-up designed to welcome and impress all manner and age of Londoner, and it succeeds. This coming month alone you can watch a choir belt out Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours', an appreciation evening for J Dilla himself and if you're more of a purist then maybe a full performance of Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue' will make you weak at the knees. It certainly does me.

Jess V
tastemaker

Wow! This place blew me away. This was my first time at the Jazz Cafe for the Time Out Presents: Folk and Roots live music event, and it didn’t disappoint.


The venue itself is fantastic. With its exposed brick walls and two dimly-lit, rounded-ceiling bar areas you feel like you’ve just walked into an underground 18th century cellar. Look around you, though, and you can see the mod-cons of the place: open plan dance area with an overhanging terrace and state-of-the-art lighting and music system that bounces off every brick.


Although it was packed by 9 pm, the atmosphere was still intimate and cosy. The way the place is set out means that you can get right up close to the performers on stage. Expect to get chatting to the artists in between sets at the bar. If you’re a big fan of supporting emerging music talent, you can’t miss this.


I didn’t eat here, but there is a great space on the upstairs terrace overlooking the stage, so you can dine whilst listening to great live music. Pretty cool. 


If the Folk and Roots performers from last night were anything to go by, I’m sure that any act you see here will be first-class. Keep an eye out for their different music genres each day of the week.


Jazz Cafe, I’ll definitely be back. 

Scott
Staff Writer

A very special venue for a very special gig! The new refurb has really brought the place to life and the calibre of acts they're managing to attract speak volumes, great spot.

Mike R

Had a fantastic night at the new refurbished Jazz cafe. We went to see Hypnotic Brass Ensemble who once again blew the crowd away. The venue has improved immensely, the new owners have done a great job. I will definitely be going back but I'll probably restrict myself to one drink per gig as the bar prices seem to have have gone up to pay for the refurbishment! As a Londoner and a person who likes to try out various drinking establishments, I don't think I have seen so many people have a look at their bill or question the staff after they had bought a round of drinks. Noticeably, very few returning for refills. Overall if you are aware of the prices then I can't recommend this place enough.

Amanda C
tastemaker

Have had two great nights out here and will be going back! The most recent was the Cuban Music night on a recent Sunday evening. The music is incredible and it's just a great vibe here. I haven't been before the recent refurb say can not compare, but the decor and ambience feels spot on. I'll be returning next time for the dinner option! Get down there if you haven't been already.

MooseInLondon
Tastemaker

Came here to see Kansas Smitty's House Band on a Friday night. We did make a dinner reservation so we were seated upstairs. Staff were incredibly friendly and warned us of upcoming steps (was a bit dark in there) as we made our way up. Do note you have to pay £20/person for the dinner but that amount is then taken off your bill (I guess this is so they ensure you actually show up else you lose out on the cash). 


We had some delicious Old Fashioneds to start then moved on to solids :) I had the duck sliders to start and my husband the tacos. We got two of each so sharing was not an issue. Deliciously moist and tender meat and not so much juice, ensuring that both the tortilla and bun remained intact for the entire experience. 


For mains I had the shrimp linguine. A large portion (which is good, I hate when places skimp out on pasta.. come on its like a quid for a bag) with plump, juicy shrimp scattered around my plate. Had a bit of a kick so watch out!


Hubby had the fried chicken with sweet potato mash. The chicken was breaded perfectly, and the meat itself was very flavoursome. I am afraid he won on the food front!


Oh yeah-- the music! The opening act was incredible and supremely talented. Then KS turned up and played quite a few little numbers for us, mixtures of honky-tonk, swing, blues, and just all around great tunes. Amazing night. It ended by 10:30pm so it's easy to keep the night going somewhere else in Camden or even there where they keep the tunes going till the wee hours. 

FloA
tastemaker

Unfortunately I've never been to the Jazz Cafe before the "big refurbishment" so not able to compare...
Although what I can confirm is that it is definitely a great gig venue NOW!

TimeOut hosted the Rising Star event there on the 21st of June and the night was just excellent. 
Fab rocking bands, fantastic venue, super friendly bartenders, and absolutely fabulous lights! (see pictures below).

You can stand right next to the stage and it's so good to be able to see all the musicians and singers from that close. Makes the whole thing much more alive and intimate! 
There is a second floor where I couldn't go on that night but seems to be a restaurant and I definitely want to try it next time! 


Natasha L

This iconic venue in Camden has recently been taken over and renovated so we were very excited and intrigued to see the transformation.

A couple of friends joined me for a night of Amy and it was our first experience of watching a band whilst dining.

The restaurant is perfectly laid out on the first floor with tables overlooking a balcony so you get a good view of the performance on stage down below.

The menu has a Fusion style to it and there is so much variety that you just really want to get a taster of everything that's on offer. So we ordered 4 starters to share with the Chilli Squid being the highlight and most mouth- watering. Highly recommended!

For mains I went for the Salmon. It's sourced from Scotland and I was so impressed from the first bite with the way it was cooked. So crisp on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside- The best I've ever had and I still can't get over it now.

Our bellies were so happy and full by the end of our main course, there wasn't room for more however our waiter AJ managed to tempt us with afters. I can only describe it as breakfast in a dessert form- Milky ice cream sprinkled with crispy cornflakes and served with a side of cold coffee. Compliments to the chef as they have really pulled off a stunning menu.

The service is excellent and the staff are very attentive and knowledgeable of what's on their menus.

The cocktail menu seems to be your favourite classic cocktails but with a Jazz cafe twist. If you're looking for an after dinner drink, go for the Espresso Martini. With a hint of chilli, it really is something to shout about!

We loved Amy Winehouse so it was so nice to see a tribute act perform her songs so well. I'm a big fan of Amy's raw sounds on her first album Frank and the band absolutely nailed it. The lighting and sound is on point which made it a faultless gig experience.

Really looking forward to returning to Jazz cafe, we had a lovely time!

Ray

One of London's iconic music venues has been given a good deal more than a lick of paint. The newly-refurbished Jazz Cafe looks and sounds spectacular. I have always liked this venue , and was concerned that new owners might spoil its character. I should not have been worried. They have invested to enhance and improve. New bars layout has increased the capacity , and made the stage visible from all areas. The upstairs still offers table seating and dining. The stage itself is ample for full-band sets with a crisp sound and cool lighting. This old lady of Camden is about to find a whole army of new fans. 



Alex F

I have been to many rising stars gigs and as usual the artists did not disappoint. The Jazz Cafe in Camden is when the gig was held and is a great location, and the drinks are reasonable for London and no matter where you stood you get a good view of the artists. If you haven't been before it's a great night out.

Anna

Thanks a lot Timeout for such at event. I had a great time. Bands were super talented!!

Chelsey C
Tastemaker

Great venue hosting a miriad of music events. Very intimate so that you can see the sweat dripping down the musicians' faces but enough room to shake a leg or two. The soundsystem is perfect and reaches all corners of the club and love the VIP viewing balcony with the private bar and plenty of seats. Drinks are also very reasonably priced.

I was there for Timeout's Best of Rising Stars and it was great, some acts is definitely go and see again; especially Broken Witt Rebels!

Paula - ToT
Tastemaker

This is a really intimate venue where you can get up close and personal with the performers.It may seem a little dingy, but the drinks are reasonable priced and the staff are lovely.The tables in the balcony section are a little cramped but it has a good view of the stage.

Elisa R
Tastemaker

Strangely enough, I visited the Jazz cafe for the first time to attend... a country music gig. The quality of the bands playing that night was outstanding. I was lucky enough to be in the VIP area upstairs (no idea whether it's always a thing or if it was just for this specific night) which was great: it's a balcony all around the club with seating and great view on the stage. The staff was friendly and the acoustic really good. I'd happilly go back.

Sarah P

The Jazz Café is well known for a reason – it attracts a wonderful roster of talented & popular jazz, blues and soul musicians from across the world. I’ve had a number of memorable nights here and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Camden. You’re able to enjoy dinner at the restaurant upstairs overlooking the stage or you can dance the night away downstairs…. Highly recommended.

Lady of Leisure
moderator

Had a great night here the other night with Time Out Rising Stars. Max Stone was awesome! I couldn't stay for Tankus the Henge, but have seen a couple of videos and am gutted to have missed them...'totally nuts' just about covers it! Looking forward to the next one...

athena d

Fantastic evening. All four bands were great in their own way, but Greasy Slicks stole the night with their great musicianship- the drummer had a great voice too- and Tankus the Henge were great all round entertainment.

Titus C

Went there last night with a Time Out Card event to see Rising Stars of the London rock scene. Awesome sound, great atmosphere and good view from upstairs. Tankus the Henge really gave a lot of energy to everyone attending!

Stephanie King

The Jazz cafe is great, really small and intimate venue! I saw a really great ska band there and it was really intimate and so much fun! Really easy to get to and there is also a balcony area where you can get dinner!