Archive for June 12, 2010

Pizza Express Jazz Club may well be smaller than some of the capitol’s other live rooms but its classy interior and close audience to stage proximity ensures that each gig brings the best out of both. As a restaurant chain founded in the 1940 by Peter Boizot MBE, whose trip to Florence inspired him to create a pizza chain that prided itself on serving fresh, handmade pizzas, Pizza Express has long supported jazz in some of its larger restaurants around the UK.

Yet the flagship Dean Street London restaurant remains the jewel in the company’s crown and since its re-launch in 1996 (conducted by Van Morrison), has proved itself as a consistently capable of booking some of the biggest names in jazz, with a sensibility for promoting rising stars and legends alike. Often a place where some of today’s household names made their UK debuts or exclusive performances, the likes of Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Danilo Perez, Avishai Cohen, Mose Alllison, Peter White, Richard Bona, Rokia Traoré and a certain Jamie Cullum made an early showcase, while Norah Jones made her European debut, with Amy Winehouse and Peter Cincotti making early important performances there – Sting even took to the stage for an impromptu version of ‘Round Midnight once – such is the venue’s credibility and popularity.

Marc Antoine will be from Wednesday June 23 to Saturday 26 at “Pizza Express Jazz Club”, London. Seats are on sale now. Please call 02074394962. Marc Antoine’s love of Spain is clearly evident in his music and with the addition of Joe Becket on percussion you really won’t be able to sit still. Marc will of course be playing his greatest hits, plus a track or two from his forthcoming CD. Also in the line up will be the UK smooth jazz ambassador Oli Silk, plus Incognito’s Tony Mason on drums and Otto Williams on bass.