Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jazz performance at St. Martins in the Fields

















West St, London WC2H 9NH [020-7836-1443]

Remember the Crypt that I posted about some time back? I revisited the Crypt at St. Martins in the Fields yesterday evening for a live jazz performance. £8 for a reserved ticket and you'll get a line-of-sight view, £5 for a view partially blocked by the many columns supporting the floor of the church.

Performances are put up in the Crypt every Wednesday evening from 8pm till 10pm with a 15min interval. T J Johnson Bourbon Kick was performing yesterday night when I dropped by. All the reserved seats were taken up and I had settle for a standing ticket.

I'm surprised at how fast the place was filling up. In fact, every seat was taken and many (me included) had to stand.At 8pm precisely, the lights dimmed and the entire crypt was lit up with candlelight and some well placed floodlights.

T J Johnson Bourbon Kick promised "sizzling New Orleans Jazz that will make you dance all night" and it did deliver that night. By the time they were through their second number, couples were happlily swinging around in whatever space they could find.

Me? I was content merely tapping my feet (on the many bodies buried below…) and clapping at the appropriate time. Well, loud band music isn't exactly my cup of tea. Neither are musicians who were swigging their beer in between breaths. But I do appreciate the unique ambiance that the dimly lit crypt provided.

Honestly, you'll be better off topping up an extra £3 for a reserved seat. For that, you'll avoid having a huge fat column blocking the entire stage.

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12 comments:

My Bug Life said...

Sounds like a nice place to listen to some good jazz..:)

cchiovitti said...

What a cool setting for a concert. Whenever I'm in London I always pop into the Crypt Cafe at St. Paul's for lunch. The "tapping your toes on bodies" thing is definately a different experience.

eastcoastlife said...

It was still 7th month leh, you not scared? hehe... London also got ghosts.

sho said...

ECL - haha...I think London is haunted with more vicious spirits bcoz of its tumaultous history.

SingaporeaninLondon - YOur entry reminded me of those buskers at this...erm...donno which park...I'vebeen to umpteenth years ago . Like their v lively arts scene.

Carol said...

Sounds like a cool venue!

C K said...

@my bug life,
It was... except that after a while, the crypt started to get a bit too warm. Hmm, seems that it wasn't built for ventilation really...

C K said...

@cchiovitti,
Really? Haha, I mean we could have been sitting right next to each other without knowing that.

Well, next time when you're there, look for a bespectacled chap with a worried look on his face. :P

C K said...

@ecl,
LOL, the spirits here doesn't obey the 7th month rule.... hmm, come to think of it, is there an equivalent date over here?

C K said...

@sho,
Hmm... I can't think of any particular park that features buskers on a regular basis... is that in Central London?

C K said...

@carol,
are you referring to the jazz or the bodies? :)

Dutchie said...

ck, last nite with nothing to watch on TV, I settled for a book on British ghosts - in the days that a certain researcher was trying to register their energy. The book was so compeling that I got terribly spooked. I had to pass thru dark passages to get upstairs for my beauty sleep, so u can imagine what it was like. Grrr ... I will finished the book when it's sunny outside n definitely during the day !

C K said...

@dutchie,
Hope that you aren't too bothered by the book now. That's the main reason why I refrain from such genre. Terry Pratchett works for me just fine.

It always amuses me when I recall how traumatized I was when I watched "Return of the Zombies" when I was a kid. Gosh... had a couple of sleepless nights just staring at my window...