As you may have read in the comments on the previous post, Jazz At The Crypt have been removed from the crypt. I don’t really know much about it — apparently there was an email sent out yesterday but I haven’t received one. I have to say that this is a grave blow; this was one of the few venues that attracted people from outside the area — I have a friend in Holloway Road who would frequently make the trip south to visit. I’ll update this post with more information when I get it.
Update: Since writing this post this morning, the matter has been cleared up. The Jazz at the Crypt is not ending, it’s just that the original promoters have moved on; they sent an email to their subscribers (which I’ve included at the foot of this post) which raised some alarm, but it’s all been put to rest now. There is still Jazz every Friday night — you can see what’s on at the Camberwell Crypt website. Now let’s get on with some real news.
The reopening of the Leisure Centre has been put back to February 2011, ‘following the recent inclusion of additional works’. I don’t know what those works are, but this project is now severely delayed; if it does reopen in February, that will be the end of a 15 month closure.
New stuff: the new cafe in Chumleigh Gardens officially opens this Saturday; there’ll be music, food samplers, and the chance to see the new plans for Burgess Park, as well as a workshop with the developers. Also, a new bar/cafe/gallery has opened on the Peckham Road (it’s SE15, but we’ll let it slide). It’s prosaically called the New Gallery, and there’s a brief review by Gay Camberwell.
Finally, we got a nice little mention in The Guardian (online) today. Thanks are due to every reader, author and commenter, because you make this blog what it is.
Update: Below is the full text of the email from Jazz Live.
Dear Jazz Live Fans
It is with great regret that we have to report to you that , after 15 years of successfully promoting jazz concerts, we have been sacked from the Crypt of St Giles Church by the church authorities and that the Jazzlive@theCrypt project no longer exists at St Giles Church. We have moved our jazz promoting operation to Le Petit Parisien Brasserie on Sundays where we will continue to promote high quality live jazz at accessible and affordable prices for you, along with the usual atmosphere and unbeatable vibe we are known for.
As you know the vicar of St Giles Church the Rev’d Nick George has installed new management at the Crypt led by Mr Mark Dodds of the Sun and Doves pub in Camberwell, with his associate Mr Steve Corbett as venue manager. Unfortunately the venue manager gave us one week’s notice to remove all our equipment from the venue and stop promoting jazz.
Please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) what you think about this decision, whether you would like to know more about it or do anything about it. We will get back to you soon!
In the meantime the Jazz Live team and the Company and Registered Charity behind it, Jazz Umbrella, would like to thank all of you for visiting and supporting the club and our music at the Crypt of St Giles Church for the last 15 years, at what will go down in history as one of London’s legendary jazz clubs. Please support us in our new venue!