De La Soul at the Jazz Cafe, 2007
|Public transit||Camden Town|
|Owner||The Columbo Group|
It was most recently acquired by The Columbo Group, in January 2016.
The original Jazz Café was founded by Jon Dabner and Jean Marshall in the 1980s in Newington Green, Stoke Newington, and moved to Camden Town in 1990. Mean Fiddler took over bookings in 1992. In 2008 MAMA & Company acquired the Mean Fiddler Music Group and continued to operate the venue until it was purchased by The Columbo Group in January 2016. Throughout its various owners the club has continued to showcase performers from the genres of neo-soul, hip hop, electronica, blues, world, reggae, Latin and soul, as well as providing a venue for new and established jazz artists.
It has a capacity for 420 patrons and has a first-floor restaurant.
The Jazz Café has played host to such jazz musicians as Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Jimmy Smith, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Archie Shepp, Eddie Harris, Cassandra Wilson, Abdullah Ibrahim, and many more too numerous to mention, plus top-drawer soul and reggae artists including music legend Amy Winehouse, Kym Mazelle, Bettye Lavette, The JBs, Jean Carne, Ben E King, Edwin Starr, Baba Maal, Lee Scratch Perry, The Skatalites, Max Romeo, Luciano and Marcia Griffiths.