There aren’t many venues offering free live jazz in London, but at Dry Martini Bar in the Melia Whitehouse Hotel you can enjoy some of the smoothest jazz sounds in town, washed down with the driest Martinis.
This month we have a 1930s flavour to the music and the drinks so check out the listings below and start making Dry Martini Bar one of your Saturday night destinations.
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November – Oriana & The Charmers
A regular group at Dry Martini Bar, Oriana & The Charmers bring their unique blend of vintage gypsy jazz as the perfect accompaniment to a 1930s style Dry Martini.
Fronted by the enigmatic Oriana on vocals & violin this band will take you from early 1930s speakeasy to the streets of Paris within a few bars.
Monday 7th November – Tolly Vyacheslavov
Ukrainian Jazz sax virtuoso Tolly Vyacheslavov has been round the world several times with his instrument. He has performed with the Pendulum Jazz Orchestra, alongside Don Weller, Peter King, Mornington Lockett and many other established jazz artists.
Now based primarily in London Tolly enjoys a busy schedule of performing and recording, including work for Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens).
At Dry Martini Bar he will be adding intensity to some 1930s swing classics with our band of house musicians.
Tuesday 8th November – Sylvia Schmidt
Sylvia Schmidt is a well-known voice on the London vintage Jazz scene. She performs regularly with her group “Between the lines” but comes to Dry Martini with a set of 1930s classics performed with our regular house musicians.
As she is one of the best improvisers in town be prepared for a night of spontaneity.
Saturday 12th November – Katie Prado
Katie Prado is one of the most versatile professional female vocalists in London. This operatically trained Chilean superstar has performed at major UK festivals including Glastonbury & The Isle of Wight Festival. She has shared a stage with everyone from Ron Wood to Paloma Faith and currently tours with Shakespeare’s Sister.
At Dry Martini she will be displaying her jazz credentials when she takes control of the mic to deliver some 1930s classics with well-honed class.
Saturday 19th November – Matt Dibble
Matt Dibble is a musical phenomenon. Playing piano, clarinet, saxophone and singing he has released 6 solo albums, the last of which reached number 4 in the Jazz download chart.
He comes to Dry Martini in November to enjoy performing live on his sax and clarinet, going back to the swing sounds of the 1930s
Saturday 26th November – Mississippi Swamp Dogs
The Mississippi Swamp Dogs bring the sounds of the early 1930s speakeasy to Dry Martini Bar. No matter what you are drinking these guys will have one too. Think sleazy, big easy, speakeasy.
They will be performing as a three piece so be prepared for a triple, or three!