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Michael White’s music news: Hampstead Jazz Club

06 June, 2019 — By Michael White

Sodi Cookey performs on June 7

HAMPSTEAD Jazz Club is small space that can nonetheless accom­modate big talent. And sometimes it’s seriously big because Mayank Patel, who runs HJZ, has a track record for grabbing international artists while they’re in London to play Pizza Express or Ronnie Scotts.

That he also runs a record label helps. And since he took over the downstairs venue at the Duke of Hamilton pub, off Heath Street NW3, last November, he’s installed a decent grand piano and sophisticated speaker-system. So, as he says, “we’ve got low ceilings but good sound”.

Ciyo Brown and, below, Judi Jackson, photo Eliot Haigh

This weekend the sound has British-Nigerian neo-blues singer Sodi Cookey on Friday; Ciyo Brown’s Jazz Guitar Collective on Saturday; and American vocalist Judi Jackson kicking off a series in which HJZ artists get recorded live, on Monday.

All start 8pm. Hampstead Jazz Club, The Duke of Hamilton, 23-25 New End, NW3 1JD, 07916 0595, https://hampsteadjazzclub.com

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