The Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden, London

The Jazz Cafe
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3/10 from 3 user reviews

the quality of the music gets you lilting before the alcohol can

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Address:5 Parkway
Camden
London
NW1 7PG
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Bars
Region:Camden
Nearest Station:Camden Town
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About: Jazz Cafe is a venue in Camden Town London

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May
18
Sat
Shez Raja + Dennis Rollins + PBUG
Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden, London
Time: 19:00
Admission: £15




"the quality of the music gets you lilting before the alcohol can"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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Camden obviously has a rich heritage of serving its public with live music and the trappings that go along with it, whether it was the days of punk and Camden Market, celeb rockers and the Hawley Arms or the more grimy Dublin Castle. In keeping with its history of talent the Jazz Café deserves to be explored in far more detail than this short review, but its praises will be sung all the same.

It isn’t all in the name and despite its association with many of the greats it does tend to expose Camden to other genres beyond jazz. Hip-hop features heavily on its live roster and it has hosted luminaries like De La Soul and KRS-ONE in the past. Club nights are a mixture of live acts and DJs and with both upstairs and downstairs bars open the usual squash is avoided and since there are two floors there’s even more room for dancing, which is what the Jazz Café’s all about. Gigs are often scheduled during the week, which leaves the weekends open for more informal fun. Special drinks promotions must be followed to avoid a pricy night, although the quality of the music gets you lilting before the alcohol can. If you can book on a jazz night then the restaurant comes highly recommended where you can sample the special gumbo or Louisiana sunburst salad on the balcony while you take in the night. Having sat in its current location for over twenty years, if you haven’t been yet then now’s the time...


T.A.O reviewed The Jazz Cafe on Mon 12 Sep 2011


The Latest User Reviews of The Jazz Cafe


User Rating: 1 / 10
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I paid 60£ for a concert with Ginger Baker and special guests. I got 50 minutes of music and one special guest. We saw the bands set list and it matched the numbers played, so The Jazz Café must have known that this was a minor gig, and still they demand 60£ entrance. Jazz Café could have arranged additional music or lowered the price. The band didn't even give the audience a chance for an encore as they left stage without a: Thank you and goodnight. This experince borders a scam, and I can't recommend this place to anybody! Unfortunately I have to give the place one star, can't proceed with this review any other way, but actually I would give it none! - SAVE YOUR MONEY DON'T GO TO THE SHOW!!

User Rating: 4 / 10
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The Jazz Cafe has quite a high ranking in the musician world. It features some of the best musicians on the planet, however I have long since stopped going because of their poor customer service.

Far too many times I have been offended by the unprofessional behaviour of the staff there. Just as one example, there have been times when I've not been able to make a concert, and was told quite bluntly that I wasn't entitled to a refund or a change of concert. The couple of times this happened, it was either staff in the ticket office or just inside the venue itself. The staff in question seemed to be offended, as though I was taking money out of their pockets, personally (!)

Another time I wasn't happy with an order from the kitchen, and to cut a long story short, I was suspected of something (I don't know what), and my complaint was refused! I have not returned since.

It is difficult for me to complain about fellow musicians, however, as a teacher of music I feel The Jazz Cafe staff are responsible for a major music venue and need major re-training. It is run by louts pretending to be a classy establishment. It is not somewhere I'd recommend for the general concert-going public. If you're desperate to see your favourite artist, then go. Just make sure you don't run fowl of their many eccentricities.

User Rating: 5 / 10
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Sharonqk
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I came to the Jazz cafe for the first time last Tuesday to see Jon B. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the venue and the artist. However, I was shocked and disappointed to see the state of the ladies toilets. They are absolutely disgusting, the walls were mouldy, the floors soaking wet and the door on the cubilcle did not lock and a couple of the toilets were blocked.

I have always wanted to come to the Jazz Cafe and for me it was a dream come true to see one of my favourite artists there, but my night was ruined by the state of the toilets.

I would love to go again once the hygiene issue had been addressed.

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