264 Views

The Badger’s guide to Brighton’s alive and thriving Jazz scene: Day by day

Brighton, more than our university community gives it credit for, has its kind of town and gown divide.

On campus, most use the internet to figure out what’s new in the city. For locals, we are forever liminal. Students come and go, but some of our city slickers are here to stay. Nowhere is this more evident than in our city’s live jazz scene. Venues change and new managers emerge, but the rotating cadre of musicians has an endearing permanence. Because so much of the scene goes unadvertised, we have compiled a list of venues and pubs that host weekly jazz nights to aid you in finding musical bliss. 

The Paris House is a local favourite just past Waitrose on Western Road and a stone’s throw from The Old Market. Art Deco furnishings, French flags, and petite wooden tables provide a fitting setting for one of the city’s most active jazz venues. While their wine and cheese boards are a bit pricey, you can enjoy four jazz performances a week. Monday afternoon (2-4:30PM) is full of erudite locals who serve as our city’s de facto historians; Monday evenings (7:30-10:00PM) attract a similar crowd; Wednesday nights are comparatively less busy. Prospective viewers are advised to book tables for Saturday afternoons (4-7PM) as the crowd of eager attendees sometimes overflows into the street. The room is alive with good music and friendly conversation, and buzzing every time.

Tuesday evenings at The Mesmerist are your pick for the livelier option of the week. Accompanied by 6.7% lager and vaguely kooky decor, the jazz is a distinctly more contemporary flavour. Often shifting towards the pop-ier or electronic end of the spectrum – some respite from Badger journo’s usual bop dogma – the venue brings in musicians from around the country, outside the regular Brighton circuit. All in all, it makes for a modern,  metropolitan and diverse feel – definitely a night that stands out from the rest of the week.  

Hanoverians and Elm Grove regulars can find respite at The Independent on Queens Park Road, one of the city’s only pubs that remains free from both corporate control and exclusive ties to a single brewery. Every Wednesday from 8PM onwards, guitarist Paul Richards and a guest player treat audiences to a variety of styles from the jazz canon. The acoustics are excellent for the two-piece performances on offer and the pub provides excellent takes on established classics. For those looking to make a meal of the occasion, you can take a pick from an excellent menu of traditional dishes and more stylised grub (if you have the budget for it). A more laid-back affair, the pub’s simple decor and varied crowd provide a perfect tonic for the hump day blues.

 

The Brighton jazz circle is not just limited to its pubs. The Verdict, widely renowned across the country and recently included in The Guardians list of the top 10 jazz clubs in Europe, is an instant favourite from the moment you enter. With a simple and quaint cafe on the ground floor as you enter, and an intimate, purpose-built basement decorated with paintings and images of jazz legends is teeming with atmosphere. Showcasing a variety of performers and artists, often hosting bigger and more widely recognised performers than the localised pubs mentioned prior, it represents the closest thing to what could be called a ‘classic jazz club’. Being a dedicated jazz venue, and due to its popularity, tickets for performances priced around the £10 mark are usually necessary, with most performances happening on the weekend, with the odd showing on a Thursday. Despite the cost, when you take your seats for the performance, it is hard not to be swept away by the almost magical intimacy it creates amongst the cross-generation, jazz-adoring crowd. The Verdict is the real deal.

The Hand in Hand, a personal favourite, is a relaxed, corner pub in Kemptown with a name for itself in the area for its local craft beers on draught and its own in-house brewery. A bustling and bohemian atmosphere, friendly staff and a couple frequently attending dogs – very cute I can confirm – attract typically large crowds of both jazz-loving regulars and local newcomers looking for an in into the scene. Every Sunday from 8PM onwards a variety of jazz musicians with a few frequently returning players treat the tightly packed-in crowd to a series of grooves, both bopping and laid-back – it is one of the best on the circuit. There is something to be said about the communal energy in this place, and the ease at which you can see hours of conversation, music, and hearty drinking go by in an instant. The Hand in Hand is a real treat, and makes for both the perfect end to a long week andbest start to the new one. 

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate
Campus News
732 views1
Campus News
732 views1

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate

Jordan Wright - April 27, 2018

Student society Liberate the Debate’s most recent event was cancelled over a lack of compliance with the Students' Union's (USSU) requirement for a neutral chair - a…

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series
Arts
173 views
Arts
173 views

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - June 17, 2018

Pictured: Zac Black At Proud Cabaret audiences were spellbound as if at night at the circus, yet this was not like Angela Carter’s magical realist novel; Verve…

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review
Arts
187 views
Arts
187 views

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review

Florence Dutton - June 11, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Last Monday at 8pm at Brighton’s The Old Market, I sat myself down in my theatre seat eagerly awaiting…

Fleabag preview
Arts
181 views
Arts
181 views

Fleabag preview

Florence Dutton - June 2, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Following the mass success of the Bafta award-winning BBC Series, DryWrite and Soho Theatre are about to hit the…

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome
Arts
224 views
Arts
224 views

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome

Georgia Grace - June 1, 2018

Having completed my final semester of university with modules on punk history and queer arts, it was fitting that I rounded off my end-of-assessment celebrations by attending…

Arts
229 views

The Tempest review

Georgia Grace - May 30, 2018

As the sun begins to set over Hove Green, tinnies of Red Stripe are cracked open, tartan blankets are strewn, and families tuck into their picnic hampers.…

A Glass Half Empty review
Arts
219 views
Arts
219 views

A Glass Half Empty review

Georgia Grace - May 27, 2018

For those of us coming to the end of another year of university study, the prospect of careers, marriages and babies may seem a long way off.…

DollyWould at The Old Market review
Arts
211 views
Arts
211 views

DollyWould at The Old Market review

Alex Hutson - May 27, 2018

Sh!t Theatre’s DollyWould is a hilarious, thoughtful and experimental performance piece. The award winning show has the Sh!t Theatre duo integrating comedy, storytelling, personal experience and music.…

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex
Campus News
337 views
Campus News
337 views

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex

Billie-Jean Johnson - May 26, 2018

The Sussex branch of the University and College Union (UCU) has launched a petition calling for Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell to end the 'hostile environment' at Sussex. The…

Arts
173 views

Shakespeare in the sun – The Tempest preview

Georgia Grace - May 24, 2018

In a world of dystopian King Lears and female Hamlets, Shakespeare’s classics are constantly being reimagined for the modern day. There’s something oddly refreshing then about the…

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)
Arts
472 views
Arts
472 views

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)

Sophie Coppenhall - May 23, 2018

What a phenomenal contrast these two films present when watched side-by-side. In essence, together they are capable of tracing inner and outer metamorphoses of their subjects. The…

Dollywould at The Old Market preview
Arts
215 views
Arts
215 views

Dollywould at The Old Market preview

Alex Hutson - May 22, 2018

From the 22nd May - 25th May 2018 DollyWould will be showing at The Old Market. An exciting new show, presented by Sh!t Theatre, who won the…

Exhibition: Io-sono Fedilouu
Artist Focus
313 views
Artist Focus
313 views

Exhibition: Io-sono Fedilouu

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - May 16, 2018

Last week artist Fedilou made her debut exhibition in the downstairs space of Morelli Zorelli, a quaint vegan Italian restaurant in Hove, featuring a collection of intimate…

Interview with Philosophy faculty and COGS director Ron Chrisley
Interview
220 views
Interview
220 views

Interview with Philosophy faculty and COGS director Ron Chrisley

Nikolaos Manesis - May 15, 2018

Ron Chrisley is a Reader in Philosophy, on the faculty of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, and is the director of COGS (Centre for Cognitive Science).…

Adam review
Arts
298 views
Arts
298 views

Adam review

Ketan Jha - May 13, 2018

If you have been a stranger to the stage this spring and decide to see one contemporary show, let it be Adam. This reviewer went in entirely…

Brighton Fringe Preview: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)
Arts
337 views
Arts
337 views

Brighton Fringe Preview: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)

Sophie Coppenhall - May 13, 2018

In celebration of iconic Brighton local, legendary alt-rock musician (and episodic actor) Nick Cave, TOM’s Film Club are hosting a double-bill screening of his films at The…

Whimsical fairy-tale meets class war – Standard: Elite review
Arts
376 views
Arts
376 views

Whimsical fairy-tale meets class war – Standard: Elite review

Georgia Grace - May 11, 2018

Meta-theatricality and interactivity are becoming all the more vogue in contemporary theatre, and in a world where the arts are becoming increasingly open and democratised, I find…

A Year of Art Society: The Best Picks
Artist Focus
272 views
Artist Focus
272 views

A Year of Art Society: The Best Picks

Alex Leissle - May 9, 2018

  [gallery type="slideshow" ids="35385,35386,35387,35388,35389,35390,35391,35392,35393,35394,35395,35396,35397,35398,35399,35400,35401,35402,35403,35404,35405,35406,35407,35408,35409,35410,35411"]

More Brit(ish) than ever: A review of Afua Hirsch at Brighton Festival
Books
284 views
Books
284 views

More Brit(ish) than ever: A review of Afua Hirsch at Brighton Festival

William Singh - May 9, 2018

Afua Hirsch’s 2018 book - part memoir, part polemic - provokes mixed feelings. So too did her discussion of the topic at this year’s Brighton Festival. Don’t…

Ethnic-bioweapons: between conspiracy and reality
Science
369 views
Science
369 views

Ethnic-bioweapons: between conspiracy and reality

Luke Richards - May 8, 2018

Bioweapons exist, while ethnic-bioweapons are whispered conspiracies. Pandemics can fairly hazardous to human life, the 1918 Flu Pandemic killed 20-50 million people. A man made pandemic could…

Breaking: Spring referenda results announced
News
340 views
News
340 views

Breaking: Spring referenda results announced

Jessica Hubbard - May 4, 2018

Students have voted to support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, reject Prevent and adopt new Gender Equality policies. Results for the Students' Union referenda were…