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Getting Ziggy with it

Ziggy’s co-founder Steve Taylor on what makes the Enfield jazz club special

Steve Taylor performs at Ziggy's with his eponymous drummer-led 16-piece jazz group, Steve Taylor Big Band Explosion
Steve Taylor performs at Ziggy’s with his eponymous drummer-led 16-piece jazz group, Steve Taylor Big Band Explosion

Ziggy’s World Jazz Club is now proudly in its tenth year and is continuing to present the finest national and international jazz artists to the live-music-loving residents of Enfield and beyond – indeed, the catchment of Ziggy’s catchment is now the whole of North London.

We present major British artists in monthly shows, including BBC award-winning Ian Shaw, soul legends Mica Paris and Omar, my own drummer-led 16-piece Steve Taylor Big Band Explosion, and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. It all takes place in atmospheric, candlelit jazz cabaret surroundings.

Our mission is to create the high-end feel of legendary Soho venue Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club without the West End price tag, giving local audiences a genuine opportunity to experience world class jazz artists up close and personal in Enfield.

Ziggy’s concerts originally created a major live jazz buzz after opening in 2012 at Dugdale Theatre in Enfield Town, which was our home for seven successful years. The shows continued to go from strength-to-strength with our brief move to Chickenshed Theatre in 2019, before those came to a sudden halt with the Covid-19 lockdown. We all know what happened to the arts at this point in time.

During this forced hiatus, vocalist Josie Frater, my co-founder and I regularly found ourselves in the cafe culture oasis that is the delightfully leafy Winchmore Hill. After much deliberation and what seemed like endless coffees in the open air, Josie suggested approaching the management at The King’s Head on The Green, since back in 2021 our usual theatre venues simply couldn’t commit to reopening for live performances.

It was then that Ziggy’s ‘Upstairs at The Kings Head N21’ was born. It is a wonderfully intimate space. We realised the force is strong with The Ziggy’s World Jazz Club ‘brand’ and have found a tremendous appetite among our local audiences for the club’s return since September 2021. Live music from Ziggy’s has been broadcast on Jazz FM and BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3.

Ziggy’s has also been a featured venue in London Jazz Festival. As Mica Paris commented: “Ziggy’s gets it right – North London has never sounded so good.”

You can catch our next show on Friday, 11th November, featuring Ronnie Scott’s regular and former James Taylor Quartet guitarist Nigel Price with Steve Taylor Trio. On Sunday, 4th December we will have our Ziggy’s Christmas Special.

For more information and to book tickets:
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ziggysclub.com