ENJOY POLISH JAZZ AT CAFE POSK
Jazz Cafe Posk is a volunteer-run jazz located in the basement of the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith. Concerts take place on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets can be purchased directly from their website.
Jazz Cafe Posk, 238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0RF. Phone: 07415 892436
It’s a volunteer-run jazz bar in the basement of the Polish Social & Cultural Association (POSK), and it’s among London’s best regarded jazz venues. As you might expect, the whole of POSK brings a distinctly Polish flavour to things, from the “Lowiczanka” restaurant on the first floor serving Polish cuisine right down to the jazz itself and several performers on the bill. As such, it’s quite a rare London opportunity to really immerse yourself in all things Polish, and a real treat.
If you don’t know much about jazz, you might not realise that Poland, in particular, has a long and illustrious history of producing excellent jazz bands and musicians from Krzysztof Komeda to Tomasz Stanko, Michael Urbaniak, and the famed Komeda sextet. Komeda famously wrote the scores for many of Roman Polanski’s films (including Rosemary’s Baby) and was recognised for creating a more distinctly European form of jazz in a genre largely dominated by America.
At Jazz Cafe Posk, you can expect a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Because it’s volunteer-run, it has a great relaxed feeling to it, and there’s a good-natured buzz in the air. Expect all varieties of jazz on the bill, from gypsy jazz to swing, vocal, instrumental and even jam sessions, so you can take your horn along and join in. If you’re looking for a great way to get to know Hammersmith, meet some new people and connect with a lively community, this is the ideal place to do it.
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