In order to restore balance with a previous post, we are publishing a Press Release issued on Wednesday by the new organizers of Jazz on Friday nghts at Camberwell Crypt in its entirety. The Friday nightsare continuing, with Martin Speake ‘s group tonight, and Basil Hodge next Friday.
New Dawn for Jazz at the Crypt in St Giles’ Church Camberwell. SE5.
With the retirement in July this year of the long standing volunteer manager and licensee of St Giles’ Crypt, one of London’s most atmospheric jazz venues, St Giles’ vicar was concerned to secure the Jazz club’s future as a wholly sustainable, financially independent and accountable business. Continuing a programme of exciting high quality jazz was central to the vision for ongoing business.
In the absence of a suitable volunteer to replace the outgoing manager, and with the crypt in need of substantial investment and development, operational responsibility for the venue was contracted to a new company; Some Kind of Blue Ltd (SKOB). SKOB was set up by three experienced bar operators, all of whom have deep rooted and long term involvement with the Camberwell community, and a professional jazz musician, specifically to meet the church’s objective to sustain, nurture and develop the venue’s important legacy as a showcase for some of the best jazz in the UK.
After weeks of discussion with Jazz Umbrella (JU) over their position of booking bands for the Crypt, it was clear that it was not possible to reach a tenable working relationship with the promoter and JU were given notice to quit; JU were asked to inform all bands who had been booked ahead that their contracts with JU were no longer valid. At the same time SKOB re-contracted all affected bands to ensure an uninterrupted schedule of upcoming gigs.
Going forward, all jazz bookings are being handled by John Hoare. Proposals should be sent to John@camberwellcrypt.com