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City jazz club makes a move to Mathew Street.

AFTER more than three years in Liverpool's Victoria Street, the Liverpool Jazz Club is on the move.

The ebullient pianist David Fishel, who has run the club, is transferring operations to Mathew Street.

The club, with a house trio led by Fishel, has been based at The Metro every Monday

Now it will be at Mathew Street's Lennons Bar, generally host of Beatles fans, also on a Monday night. Although smaller it is, "more intimate", says Fishel.

"We will be in the basement bar with cheaper beer which I am sure students will appreciate.

"And you can't get a better address in Liverpool than Mathew Street."

Liverpool-born Fishel set up the club shortly after moving back to the city in 2003 after 21 years in Norway working as a musician, music journalist and record producer.

The original plan was to mix contemporary jazz with stand-up comedians but the jazz soon held sway.

The Monday night sessions began attracting other musicians who arrived with their instruments to jam with the house band.

"I am happiest when I am jamming on the piano," admits Fishel.

Celebrity guests also discovered the venue and big names who visited and even became regulars including Natasha Hamilton (who got up and sang), McFly, Busted, Shane Richie (whose manager would not let him sing in case it ruined his voice), Ian Broudie and the entire backing band for Corrine Bailey Rae who jammed before a Summer Pops gig.

The club has also helped up-and-coming jazz artists like singer Ali Singleton who had never sung in public before appearing at the club.

She now has two demo CDs and her band is ready to hit the road.

The new venue on Monday nights will have the usual 9pm start and free entry.

The success of the club led Fishel to open two other jazz clubs on Merseyside. The Lark Lane Jazz Club at Vinyl hold sessions on Thursdays while the Woolton Village Jazz Club has its sessions at the Village Inn on Tuesdays.

Meanwhile, Fishel says: "We often include Beatles numbers like Yesterday or Can't Buy Me Love, but we will be playing more jazz versions of Beatles numbers."

The club transfers to Lennons on March 19 after 174 sessions in Victoria Street with over 350 musical guests playing with the resident trio.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2007
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