Remember Archer Street?
That tiny, cramped thoroughfare just behind Piccadilly Circus, where the
barrow-boys used to sell fruit and toys, and musicians from all over the
country used to converge of a Monday at high noon, come rain or shine,
jostle for position, get a gig, have a drink, shoot the breeze, and get
moved along by the police every now and then? On the corner, the Nosh
Bar, where you could get a salt beef on rye, with coleslaw on the side,
some Polish cheesecake to follow? Around the corner, the Windmill Theatre,
with the twenty-four hour strip show? Opposite, the unventilated cellars
where the bands used to rehearse? Just down the road were all the jazz
clubs. How could anyone forget all that! That was where it was all happening,
for many of us the heart of the universe.
Street is now only
a memory. The street is still there, but we have all moved on.
In this day and age the Coda Club is the new meeting
place for musicians. We have members from all over the worldmusicians
of all kinds, classic, jazz, rock, all ages and genders. It’s a great
place to meet other musicians, talk about music, make new friends, have
a drink or two.
The Coda Club is not a closed shop for professionalsits
doors are open to everyone, non-musicians as well. But don’t be surprised
if you bump into a whole lot of your favourite jazz stars in there.
The club normally meets at in the afternoon of the last Monday of each month. Meeting place is
the Phoenix pub near London’s Oxford Circus.
Membership will cost you £15 a year. Send an email to Sheila
Walmsley for details. Once you're a member we'll keep you up
to date on current events with our regular Newsletter.
Looking forward to seeing you there! Bring a friend.