Jazz at George IV
Photographs above: Gypsy Jazz band Trio Manouche; Jazz promoter Larry Pryce
The George IV pub in Chiswick High Rd is getting a good reputation for live Jazz. The Chiswick Calendar has been putting on live Jazz once a month in the Boston Room since October 2016 in collaboration with Jazz promoter and broadcaster Larry Pryce of Live Music To Go. Larry has promoted live music in London for more than 40 years and knows some of the best in the business. He writes for the music press, visiting some of the top Jazz festivals in the world, and is a frequent guest broadcaster on music radio stations. He also manages the music for the iconic Bull’s Head in Barnes, which has live Jazz every day of the week and twice on Sundays, as well as some of the clubs in central London.
Photographs above: George IV; Boston Room; Editor of The Chiswick Calendar Bridget Osborne – photograph by Jon Perry
Regular favourites include Trio Manouche and the Jazz Mondays. Trio Manouche offer Hot Swing and Gypsy Jazz. The UK’s leading Gypsy Swing Jazz ensemble plays classics from the legendary Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, trad swing greats such as Nat King Cole and their own highly acclaimed material. Jazz Manouche have performed at top venues and major festivals and events all over the world.
Since forming in 2005 Trio Manouche have become regulars at the best-known venues and festivals across the UK, popping up at Ronnie Scott’s, King’s Place, Barbican Hall and Glastonbury. They have also performed for some of the world’s most glamorous private parties and events, including the wedding of Alice Rothschild & Zac Goldsmith and the MGM Networks’ annual party.
“I love this band, amazing musicianship and a great vibe” …. KT Tunstall
“Your band swings beautifully… Trio Manouche are a class act. … We all were totally blown away by Simon & the band … Sting
Photograph: Jazz Mondays by Jon Perry
The Jazz Mondays are a local; a Chsiwick based 13 strong band famous for their eight strong ‘wall of saxes’. Their eclectic repertoire ranges across Jazz to Soul, Ska and Funk, from Dizzy Gillespie to Amy Winehouse. The band came together when the original members met, learning how to play their instruments with the same tutor. They started playing together and have gone from strength to strength. Their tutor now plays with them.
“Putting on live jazz in London has always been something of a tenuous business” says Larry. “Despite its increasingly popularity the genre is still sometimes regarded as something of niche art form and some of the long-established venues in central London have been lost. Pizza On The Park has been transformed into London’s first 6 star hotel and the Dover Street Restaurant & Jazz Bar which I used to run, is now a late night fusion restaurant with DJ’s manning the decks into the early hours.
“The demise of some of the old venues in the centre of town is forcing both resident Jazz enthusiasts and visitors to look further afield to places like the Bull’s Head in Barnes and the relocated Vortex in Dalston. But West London should have its own centre of Jazz excellence, and we are working hard to bring that about, bringing some of London’s top musicians to Chiswick in partnership with The Chiswick Calendar in the superbly appointed Boston Room at George IV pub.”
Photograph: Dom Pipkin
In September 2019 Larry introduced the renowned pianist and raconteur Dom Pipkin to the Boston Room, bringing his highly successful West End show, ‘Pipkin’s Smokin’ Boogie, Bad Boys, Bourbon & The Big Easy’ paying homage to the music of New Orleans. A regular on the jazz scene, Dom has recorded and toured with Paul Weller, Ray Davies and Laura Mvula amongst others. The high-energy show featured some of the very best in New Orleans music, including numbers from such giants as Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, James Booker and Fats Domino.
“When Dom plays the piano, magic happens ……” Paloma Faith.
Photographs: Oriana Curls by Jon Perry
Other bands who have become regulars at the Boston Room are Oriana Curls and her trio and Jon Reilly’s Blues Engineers. Oriana is a multi-talented French singer and violinist, whose vintage vocals evoke the back streets of Montmartre together with a touch of the American speakeasy. Her impressive four-octave range of a voice soars effortlessly through Jazz, Latin, Blues & Gallic chanson material. Having worked with some of the best musicians, writers and producers around, (Imelda May, Rufus Wainwright, Marcella Puppini and Alex Golding, Lulu, Keziah Jones), Oriana has developed her own distinctive style. In 2018 she brought her highly successful Piaf show to George IV, fresh from the Edinburgh Festival and the launch of her album “Because I’m French.”
Photographs: Blues Engineers by Jon Perry. John O’Reilly on guitar.
The hugely talented Blues Engineers have played with and supported some of the very best blue artists in the business including BB King, Van Morrison and Bill Wyman. Singer and guitarist John 0’Reilly is internationally acclaimed for his amazing slide and steel (resonator) guitar playing having worked extensively in Europe on the festival circuit and just recently returned from a mini tour of Memphis and New Orleans. Together with the multi-talented saxophonist, flautist and harmonica player Nick Payn, who regularly plays with top stars such as Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, their atmospheric repertoire covers an impressive range of Country and Urban blues classics as well as their own highly distinctive material.
Photographs: Richie Milton; Shireen Francis by Jon Perry
Jazz at George IV offers a discount on ticket prices for members of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card.
Jazz at George IV takes place on the first Thursday of the month in the Boston Room of George IV, 185 Chiswick High Rd W4 2DR (except in December, July and August) 7.30 – 10.00pm. Doors open 7.00pm. We advertise the Jazz evenings in the events listings pages of this website and in our weekly newsletter. If you’d like to sign up to the newsletter and get a (free) Club Card, sign up here. Tickets for Jazz at George IV are £10.00 in advance from Eventbrite, £8.00 for Club Card members and £12.00 on the door.
George IV offers 20% off food and drink
The George IV is also a member of the Club Card scheme, offering our subscribers a 20% discount off food and drink, so come and eat before or during the show and make a night of it – an excellent night out, without spending a fortune, in staggering distance of home.
Photographs below: Kit Packham’s One Jump Ahead by Don Tanswell