UPDATE: HERE’S THE VORTEX PROUDLY DISPLAYING ITS BADGE!
(Back to our original story) Congratulations to four London clubs –
– Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Dean Street, 606 Club and Vortex –
all four appear in Febuary 2011 Downbeat’s list of the world’s “150 best jazz rooms.” There are only 28 listed outside North America. (And on the subjects of jazz – and getting a room – the photo above was taken at Jazz Alley in Seattle, also listed by Downbeat, by Jenny Jimenez)
Is there a link to the Downbeat article?
Not for the moment Geoff. Can anyone help?
For a club that started in Stoke Newington when it was an area of IRA bomb factories and then moved to Dalston when it was most famous as being the home of Amy Winehouse's drug dealer, we at the Vortex are really proud to have got on to the list.
Meanwhile it's a tribute to London's vibrant club scene that four are included. As this blog has pointed out, we all do this despite a lack of public funding. Indeed, when we applied to the Lottery for support to get the move done, we were apparently turned down because the powers-that-be felt that the club would fail.
(By the way, the article has a nice photo of Dave Whitford slapping his bass at 606!)
Where is Cafe Oto?! Some mistake surely…
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Great black and white photo!