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Crypt hosts Miss Hoodoo & friends

22 February, 2019 — By The Xtra Diary


Wednesday night with Miss Hoodoo and the Delta Boys


With Eric Hobsbawm firmly in mind, it was time this week to check out what jazz is available for those who fancy hearing a horn section having a tootle and a piano player having a tinkle.

While the queues for Ronnie Scott’s stretched down Frith Street – celebrated organist Booker T Jones was playing on Wednesday night and had sold out both an early and a late show – Diary was intrigued to discover that one of our favourite venues, the often overlooked Crypt at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, is now hosting regular Wednesday night jazz sessions.

This week featured the soaring vocals of Bridgette Amofah, who leads the band Miss Hoodoo and the Delta Boys, and they filled the beautiful brick-vaulted ceiling of this historic space with a very special vibe.

The Crypt’s jazz concerts take place every Wednesday.

The line-up through spring is unmissable. Next week Katie Bradley and Dom Pipkin offer a boogie-woogie and gospel-inspired set.

Other highlights include The Reliables, jazz in the style of Davis and Coltrane, and the Somethin’ Else Big Band. Diary suggests booking a table, eating some of the kitchen’s delicious and well-priced food, and kicking back to sounds that swing.

It might not be the smoke-filled basement dens Hobsbawm frequented, but the jazz scene in the West End is alive and well.

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