A double hit of jazz seeps through Fitzrovia’s busy streets

Musicians playing inside a pub.

The sound of jazz drifted through Fitzrovia's busy streets on Thursday evening from an outdoor performance, and an intimate gig inside one of the neighbourhood's famous pubs. As part of FitzFest -- a new annual music event -- the Pete Whyatt Jazz Band entertained passers-by on the corner of Cleveland Street and Howland Street with a mixture of …

Afro-Venezuelan jazz project to showcase new album at Bolivar Hall

Group of musicians.

Afro-Venezuelan jazz band Pataruco are playing a free concert at the Bolivar Hall this Thursday (21 May) to promote their eponymously titled studio album to be released this summer. Pataruco are Quentin Collins on trumpet, Michele Montolli on bass, Aleph Aguiar on guitar, Charlie Stacey on piano, Eddie Hick on drums, and Wilmer Sifontes on percussion. The group …

Biography of jazz pianist who gained fame with Bowie

David Bowie with Mike Garson.

He's played with David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails and is an accomplished session musician, yet until now little has been written about him. Now a soon-to-be published biography uncovers the life story of Mike Garson and his musical career from New York jazz pianist to his collaboration with Bowie and beyond. Written by Clifford Slapper, himself a pianist who's played …

New venue rising beneath Oxford Street

Shop front.

On Wednesday evening beneath the well-trodden pavement of Oxford Street the sounds of guitar and saxophone will be filling the void hidden from the day's shoppers. Guitarist Jim Mullen and saxophonist Sean Khan will be serving a up a heady cocktail of jazz funk and DJ Eon Irving will be keeping the dancefloor filled. Called the Phoenix …

Wobble and Sharpe dub Fitzrovia with the ghosts of seventies jazz funk

By News Reporters A new jazz album has a CD cover featuring many of Fitzrovia's distinctive buildings and takes its name from the neighbourhood. Entitled Kingdom of Fitzrovia it's a collaboration between Jah Wobble and Bill Sharpe, and pays tribute to the area's mix of architectural styles and its artistic past and present. It was recorded at the Music …