Jazz Jams in London

In a way jazz is probably the the only true 'World Music' form. Every corner of the globe has musicians who play jazz. Musicians that have listened and learned from Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk and Duke Ellington. Players that can, at the drop of a hat, play and improvise on 'All The Things You Are', 'Blue Bossa', 'There Will Never Be Another You' or 'Billie's Bounce'. Trumpeters, saxophonists, bassists, drummers and piano players ( and the rest ) that can perform the aforementioned tunes with musicians they have never met before and who sometimes speak different languages. Such is the nature of jazz and the jazz jams that can be found in every major city on the globe.

To help jazz musicians visiting London I have made a list of weekly jams currently running in London that I am aware of. Where possible I have included a contact phone number and website for the jam, so please check the jam is on before heading off to darkest Hackney or Brixton. Also, if you find that one of the jams I have listed is no longer running, or you have found one I haven't listed, please let me know.

Another good source of one off, or occasional jams is the excellent Jazz In London magazine which is available free both online and as a print version available at most jazz venues.

Happy jamming.

last update : January 2017.


monday

 

HIDEAWAY, 2 Empire Mews Stanthorpe Road Streatham London SW16 2ED

Jazz workshop at 7pm, £10. Jazz jam at 9pm free. 020 8835 7070

 

  HALFWAY HOUSE, 24 Priest’s Bridge, Barnes SW14 8TA

Every Mon: Open mic/Jam. 8.15.(F) 020 8748 7347

OFF THE CUFF, 301 Railton Rd. Herne Hill SE24 0JN. (F)
Every Mon: Heads Up (8.30) + jam session. 07764 823170

JOINER'S ARMS, 35 Denmark Hill, SE5 8RS. 7701 1957
14 & 28 Cam Jam. 8pm (F). info: 07951 207654


tuesday

 

 

QUECUMBAR, 42 Battersea High Street, SW11 3HX

Gypsy Jazz jam session. (F)

0207 787 2227

 

Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington N16 6XS.

Every Tuesday: House trio + jam. 8.30. (F). info: 07905 151894

 

The Junction, 171 Coldharbour Lane SE59PA

hosted by Luke Fowler : Jazz Jam. 8.00.(F) 020 3715 2762

 

Orleans Bar Jam, 259-261 Seven Sisters Road, N4 2DD

Every Tuesday. Jazz from 9pm. Entry from £5? 0207 281 8482

 


wednesday

 

TOULOUSE LAUTREC, 140 Newington Butts, SE11 4RN

Every Wed: Gig followed by Jam with Jason Lyon. 9.00 (F)7582 6800

 

Little Bread, Big Jam, Royal Inn On The Park,

111 Lauriston Road E9 7HJ

Weekly. House band & jam. 8-11pm. £4

 

 

RONNIE’S BAR, 47 Frith Street, W1. 020 7439 0747

Every Wed Jazz Jam. 9.30pm. £5 . MU & mus.students Free

 

 

Val's Jazz Jam, Mill Hill Jazz Club,

100 Barnet Way, Mill Hill, NW7 3AL

Monthly jam on the last wednesday of each month

8.30pm. £6 : 020 8207 0451

 

 

 


thursday

Le Junction Sessions, 47 Station Road, NW10 4UP

Jam session and open mic hosted by Clement Regert. 9pm. free.

 

BREWERY TAP, Catherine Wheel Rd. Brentford TW8 8BD
Every Thurs: Phil Brown Swingtet + sitters-in. 8.45pm. (F)

 

Jazz and funk jam upstairs at Ronnies,

Every Thursday Jazz Jam. 9.00pm. £6 from 8.

 

 


friday

The Edward Lear, 471 Holloway Road, London N7 6LE
First Friday of the month, 8pm-11pm
(Free) Jam with Dina Azzam

Jam in second half


saturday

 

Troyganic Jazz Jam, 132 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch

(Free) a regular jam hosted by Nora Bite

 

 


sunday

 

THE ELEANOR ARMS, 460 Old Ford Rd, Bow, E3 5JP.

(Free) Every Sun:Jazz jam w /Ray Sandoval. 8pm. 07896 208707

 

THE EFFRA HALL TAVERN, 40 Kellett Road, London SW2 1ED.

(Free) Lauren Dalrymple's long running Jazz jam 8pm. 020 7274 4180

 

Kings Head, 2 Crouch End Hill,London. N8 8AA
Every Sun: Laurie Morgan Trio/ jam session. 2-5pm. £5

 

VORTEX, Gillett Street, N16 8AZ. www.vortexjazz.co.uk
Every Sun (Downstairs) Jam with Hannes Riepler. 9pm. (F)

 

 


Please let me know about any changes in circumstance regarding these jams, or any jams I have missed. ( contact at the top of the page )

Thanks in advance.