Clive Fenner has written on the East Side Jazz website:
The Lord Rookwood pub has closed
Monday 28 January, 2013
The Lord Rookwood pub, our venue and home for over 10 years, has closed without any forewarning. At this time the future of the pub is unknown.
To minimize inconvenience and uncertainty for all our supporters and for the musicians, and to give us time and opportunity to secure the best possible future for the club, we have decided, with immediate effect, to cancel the existing programme which was due to finish March 26. Please tell any of your friends who may not have computer access.
We very much regret having to make this decision and we are sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment that it may cause you. We will be relaunching the club as soon as we can and making it better than ever. We would like to thank all our fantastic supporters and all the great musicians for the past 10 years and we look forward to a bright new future.
Best wishes and see you soon,
Clive and all the team
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Stu Butterfield has sent a round-robin e-mail with a different version of the same story, with reference to the Kenny Wheeler gig:
Allegedly, the landlord at The Lord Rookwood in Leytonstone has done a runner with the money, so the place is boarded up, and the long standing jazz gigs are off this month and probably for ever. Foremost amongst these was The Kenny Wheeler Quintet, booked for Tuesday 12 February.
However, all is not lost, because the band will be appearing on that date at
The Great Northern Railway Tavern, 67High Street, Hornsey, London N8 7QB.
Music starts at 8.30 until 11.00pm , Admission £10 Get there early!
Details of The GNRTavern can be found at http://www.gnrt.co.uk The pub is 5 minutes from Hornsey Overground, or is 12 minutes walk or a 144 Bus ride from Turnplke Lane Underground on the Piccadilly line.
Kenny Wheeler Quintet
Kenny Wheeler trumpet, flugelhorn
Stan Sulzmann tenor sax
John Parricelli guitar
Chris Laurence double bass
Martin France drums
What a shame, I feel for Clive and the team. It takes such a lot of work to build up a regular venue like this and keep it running for so many years. I suppose the only conciliation is knowing that, if the land lord has done a runner with the takings, he's probably only got as far as South End!