OPENING HOURS Tue-Fri Bar 11.00 am - 10.30 pm Food 12.00 am - 2.30 pm and 6.00 - 9 pm Sat Bar 11.00 am - 11.00 pm Food 12.00 am - 3 pm and 6.00 - 9 pm Sun Bar 12.00 am - 6.00 pm Food 12.00 am - 4 pm Monday Closed all day except on Jazz nights


Swing Jazz began in 1931 when The Chick Webb Orchestra became the house band at The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Chick Webb was a drummer and bandleader and deemed to be the first "King of Swing". Strings were abandoned in favour of wind instruments but it was not until the appearance of The Benny Goodman Quartet at The Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles on 21st. August 1935 that the
American public embraced the improvisation, fast erratic tempos and the frenetic swing dancing that would accompany some
performances of Swing Jazz.
A typical Swing Jazz song featured the anchor of a strong rhythm section supporting more loosely tied wind and vocal sections, played in a precise, medium to fast tempo with a distinctive swing. Clarinets often took lead lines with saxophones providing rhythmic counterpoint. The level of improvisation that an audience could expect depended on the bandleader, arrangement, band and song. Swing Jazz remained the most popular musical style in The United States until the late 1940s.

Swing 42 Quartet (1)
Swing 42 Quartet (2)

The Swing 42 Quartet features John Aust (clarinet, saxophone and vocals), Peter Martin (double bass), Dave Simms (percussion) and
Nigel Foster (bandleader and guitar).
They provide an evening of the slower, sexier form of jazz with the flowing rhythms that are Swing Jazz.

Swing 42 with Brian Thompson (1)
Swing 42 with Brian Thompson (2)
Swing 42 with Brian Thompson (3)

Guest clarinetist Brian Thompson played with The Swing 42 Quartet at a very spooky jazz evening on Monday 29th. October 2012.
Rob was very busy in the kitchen skinning and cooking bats to make his special Halloween Rob's pies. Our barman Steve also acted as waiter to serve your pie at your table.

Halloween Steve

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