Gig Guide

Attending Events Whilst Covid Infections remain High

Although we are excited to be reopening at long last, we are also aware that some risks remain from the Covid situation, especially while the number of infections remains high and is likely to increase over the coming months.

We are dedicated to ensuring that the Crypt is as safe as possible for our customers, artists, and staff during this time and have carried out detailed risk assessments to formulate measures that will make our venue as safe as we can.

We cannot escape the facts that The Crypt is an underground space, that it doesn’t have a highly efficient ventilation system, and that social distancing isn’t really possible in our unique setting. To achieve the best possible level of safety we think that the following measures are reasonable and will allow the Crypt experience we all love to return to as near as is possible to how it was before Covid.

Therefore, while the number of COVID infections are increasing we are reducing our audience size and putting the following measures in place:

- Pre-booked tickets only - we won’t be selling tickets on the door.

- We may require you to wear masks whilst in the venue.

- We’re going cash free and will only be accepting card payments at the bar and kitchen.

All customers must be able to prove that they have had either:

* 2 x COVID-19 vaccinations 14 days before attending,

* OR a recent negative lateral flow test - at most 48 hours before coming.

Evidence you can use of double vaccination is via the NHS or other health app that records your vaccination status on a smartphone - or bring your completed vaccination card. To prove a negative test, you can use the text message or email confirmation you receive after registering your test result. Alternatively, you can get an NHS Covid Pass - an official letter confirming your status from HERE (click)

If you can’t provide one of these on arrival, you will not be allowed in. We cannot give a refund on tickets for those refused entry.

Please plan ahead for your visit. Lateral flow tests are easy to do at home and give a result within 30 minutes. Tests can be collected free from most pharmacies or ordered online HERE (click)

If you have any questions we are here to help.

22Oct
2021

Tony Kofi & The Organisation

Celebrating 26 years of Jazzlive at The Crypt. Tony Kofi & The Organisation.

UK jazz legend Tony Kofi’s association with The Crypt goes right back to the beginning of the club. And throughout the years he has played for us more times than we can remember. Everyone of those performances was outstanding. So it’s fitting that as we celebrate 26 years at The Crypt, we invite him to be our featured artist on this special night. We also get to witness the extraordinary trombone skills of the up-and-coming James Wade-Sired. Completing the line up are club favourites Pete Whittaker (organ), Simon Fernsby (guitar) and Pete Cater (drums).

The band will perform a hard-hitting selection of tunes in blues, jazz and funk idioms including tracks from their highly acclaimed 2018 album "Point Blank" (the Last Music Company). Since its release, they have played numerous sold out shows across the UK

"One of today's hottest and most innovative quartets" BBC music magazine album of the month

"A killer band with real bite" Mark Youl / Jazzwise

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29Oct
2021

In All Languages - The Music Of Ornette Coleman

Over the past few years Alyson Cawley and Martin Speake have been collaborating closely together on diverse projects ranging from exploring South Indian music to Charlie Parker to free improvisation. Throughout the lockdown period of 2020 two new projects have arisen inspired by a love of Ornette Coleman and Lennie Tristano. Ornette Coleman’s melodies are a perfect vehicle for Alyson and Martin to improvise freely together and the band that has formed with the addition of Calum Gourlay and Shane Forbes provides a highly spontaneous and conversational environment for these creative musicians to collectively tell their own story. Many of Ornette’s melodies have become standards being played by musicians all over the world, such as Lonely Women, Ramblin’ and Law Years. But there are many undiscovered gems that are not played as often or at all by others. We have over 70 tunes to draw on already and the repertoire is growing.

This music is endless. Ornette is the supreme melodist.

Martin Speake - alto saxophone, Alyson Cawley - tenor saxophone, Calum Gourlay - double bass, Jeff Williams - drums.

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12Nov
2021

Justin Thurgur + Funkiwala Allstars

For those of you who follow the ‘World’ Music scene in the UK, Justin Thurgur will be a familiar face; through his long term collaborations with both the Afrobeat Maestro Dele Sosimi and with Kishon Khan, plus working with the likes of Afrobeat drum legend Tony Allen and Cuban giants Julito Padron and Giraldo Piloto, he has cemented a place at the forefront of that community.

His own project has taken this experience and combined it with his love of the likes of Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Coltrane, et al…. to create a powerful ‘Global’ Jazz project.

This gig showcases his new album ‘Many Faces’, releasing in November. The album features established members of Thurgur’s group, including the mighty trumpeter Graeme Flowers and the ever-inventive Kishon Khan on piano, Rhodes and Hammond, plus collaborations with young rising singing stars Sahra Gure and Jade Pybus and two tracks of Afrobeat-infused Soul Jazz co-written with Dele Sosimi, who will be guesting with the group on this gig.

Justin Thurgur - trombone

Graeme Flowers - trumpet

Kishon Khan - piano/rhodes/organ

Suman Joshi - double bass

Yusuf Ahmed - drums

With special guest Dele Sosimi - piano

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13Nov
2021

Jelly Cleaver and The Forever Presence

Against the background of London’s dynamic jazz scene, The Forever Presence takes the neglected elements of ballads and beauty, adding subtle modern techniques to reflect our timeless but modern problems. The music pays tribute to artists like Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane and Dhafer Youssef, exploring the eternal themes of our human condition; loss, love and the universe.

Jelly Cleaver and The Forever Presence have signed to Gearbox Records and will be releasing their eponymous debut EP in November 2021 at this concert.

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18Nov
2021

Heidi Vogel, Marcina Arnold & Eska Mtungwazi

A night of some of the best and most innovative singers on the UK music scene, spanning Soul, Jazz, Folkloric & world influences accompanied by world-class pianist Ivo Neame and rhythm section. Featuring Heidi Vogel, Marciana Arnold, and Eska Mtungwazi on vocals.

Marcina Arnold

British born with Scottish & South African roots, Marcina‘s first performance at the Edinburgh Festival at the age of 15 led ‘The Scotsman’ to write “an astonishing young lady from London … is sure to have the music world at her feet”.

Her career has included collaborations/performances/recordings with the late Bheki Mseleku, Grupo Batuque, Jason Yarde, Quite Sane, Akimbo, Manu Ventura, Airto Moreira, Steve Williamson & Byron Wallen amongst others.

She draws on many traditions including African, Jazz, Soul, Indian, Folk, and Brazilian but manages to retain a distinctly London flavour to the sound.

“Marcina Arnold EP sounds great” - Helen Mayhew - BBC Radio 2

Heidi Vogel

Heidi Vogel has performed with The Cinematic Orchestra for almost 15 years, has appeared live on Jimmy Kimmel's show, at The Royal Albert Hall, Montreaux Jazz festival, and The Sydney opera house. Heidi appears on their new album released in March 2019. She has performed and recorded with artists such as ESKA, Soweto Kinch, Cleveland Watkiss, Bobby McFerrin to name a few. Her solo album on Far Out Recordings, sees Heidi explore her passion for Brazilian composers. The album received excellent reviews internationally.

Eska Mtungwazi

ESKA is the most talked about, revered, internationally known singer you've never heard of. Prepare to be let in on one of music's best-kept secrets. Possessing one of the best and most memorable voices in the UK right now, ESKA has built an inimitable reputation as a writer and performer through collaborations with such legends of the game as Grace Jones, Cinematic Orchestra, Zero 7, and Bobby McFerrin together with performances in some of the world's most famous venues and festivals.

Following vocal credits on many independent releases throughout the 2000s, in 2013 she released her debut solo project titled Gatekeeper EP on her own Earthling Recordings label, which featured five original tracks and was co-produced by acclaimed producers Matthew Herbert and David Okumu. Followed by her eponymous debut album ESKA on 26 April 2015. ESKA was well received by critics and was nominated for the 2015 Mercury Music Prize

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19Nov
2021

James Kitchman Quartet

A recently formed group led by guitarist James Kitchman featuring a cast of London’s finest improvisers: pianist Bruno Heinen (Denys Baptiste); bassist Tom McCredie (Elliot Galvin); and drummer Shane Forbes (Empirical). They play James’ compositions which draw influence from the variety of musical worlds he traverses; from classic jazz, to chamber music, to contemporary folk. Improvisation and empathic listening is at the core of the group’s spirit; conjuring a sound that is at once stark and refreshing. This performance celebrates the release of his debut album ‘First Quartet’ which will be released on Ubuntu Muisc in January.

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20Nov
2021

Bartley/Forbes/Toussaint/Yarde

Comprised of some of the UK’s most formidable musicians. Each member composes the nucleus of the band’s music, whilst the magic of their sound truly takes form in the process of improvisation during performance.

Commitment to pushing the boundaries of interaction and composition-adaptation is the collectives’ ethos. Individually the members of the group have affiliation with some of the greatest musicians/artists globally, but in 2019 the group was able to finally come together to cultivate what is an undeniable unique sound."

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