Monday, 9 November 2009

‘Out to Lunch’ celebrated its ninth anniversary earlier this year and it is still probably the best kept secret in the Midlands …. voted best jazz dance session in the world, by Straight No Chaser magazine ……. great venue, great crowd, brilliant dancers, great tunes!

Based at the Snug Lounge on Houndsgate in Nottingham city centre since December 2008, it’s business as usual. The flyer, which cleverly makes use of some iconic Blue Note artwork describes the session as ‘for dancers, eavesdroppers and non-conformists’. It is … Jazz Dance, Hard Bop, Afro Cuban and Latin sounds, predominantly at 100mph.

The session runs from 5.00pm ‘til 9.00pm and it’s £3.00 on the door. The session attracts some of the UK’s finest jazz dancers, like Perry and Rocky, who have a tune named in their honour, which reflects their status on the jazz-dance scene.

The Snug Lounge is a smallish cellar bar that attracts around 50 every month, with about 80% being spectators, because the dance floor is a spectacle. The atmosphere is always friendly and welcoming and a lot of that is down to the DJ/Promoter ‘Killer Jim’. Jim is one of the nicest fellas you’re likely to meet and proper knowledgeable when it comes to jazz tunes, he’s also very helpful, if like me you’re a vinyl buyer forever searching for those elusive tracks. Jim also hosts a regular radio show called Jazz Bizness on Sunday nights, from 11pm ‘til 1am, on Kemet Radio 97.5FM

For me the ‘Out at Lunch’ session is a ‘never miss’ because

a it’s the only place I come away from, with tunes scribbled all over flyers … leading to hours of intensive searching …. some tracks proving either more elusive than others or just out of my price range.

b it really is a friendly welcoming atmosphere

c there’s usually a little record stall set up every month, so I get to buy more of those big black round things.

d the music is superb’ although not for the faint hearted i.e. not many concessions to the new jazz sounds. It’s as described on the flyer…100mph and it is!

e this once a month get together of like minded folk is perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon/evening.

I’ve had the pleasure of DJing twice now at Out To Lunch and Tony asked me to put together a mix

of typical ‘out to lunch’ tunes … so here it is …. a section from my first guest spot at Dogma

(a previous venue) and it’s recorded in the order that I played it, I’ve also included the artwork for the CD … hope you enjoy it.


Listen & Download `Out To Lunch` Mix

Next session is Sunday 8th November with guest Nick Hosier, it’s a ‘be there or be square situation’

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