Founded by Jon Dabner and Jean Marshall in the 1980’s, London’s legendary Jazz Café moved from Stoke Newington to the musically rich Camden borough in 1990, showcasing the best in soul, hip-hip, blues, world, reggae, latin, soul, and of course jazz. This stage has seen big names like D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Roy Ayers, Bobby Womack, Don Cherry, Cassandra Wilson and Pharoah Sanders, to name a few. With a capacity of 440 it is a fairly intimate venue, but that only makes it a better experience. The venue also features a restaurant on the first floor from where you can watch the gig in style, or you can give the dance floor below your love and let loose!
In February 2016 the venue was taken over by Columbo, which owns nine other venues across London, including the Old Queen’s Head in Essex Road, Islington, XOYO in Hackney and the Blues Kitchen chain. Its owner Steve Ball recalls the Jazz Café in its early years and has big plans for the new venue. ““So much that is happening in new music right now is happening in east London – yet Camden has a huge role to play […] Camden has the history and some of the best music spaces in the capital, from the Roundhouse to the Electric Ballroom and Koko – and, of course, the Jazz Cafe. Camden Town is blessed, and I feel sometimes we do not celebrate this enough or shout about it.”*
*as quoted from http://www.camdennewjournal.com/