1920’s inspired hideaway, The Fitzgerald, has launched it’s own Jazz and Soul Club Night, taking place on Thursdays.
Entering the building through a side door off Stevenson Square, the venue is situated above a restaurant – perfect for a bite to eat followed by some wonderful cocktails and jazz upstairs at The Fitzgerald.
The venue itself gives off a magnificent aura of prohibition decadence – dimmed lighting and intimate table settings, debonair waiters and a sophisticated drinks menu – all contribute to the refined feel of the place, but without even a hint of pretention.
A projector played old, black and white movies on one wall of the room, as a mixed crowd, ranging in age from mid-twenties upwards, joined friends at tables to witness the launch of the club night this week ,with three live jazz acts and an open jam session (for anyone with musical talent, an instrument and an enthusiasm for performing, turning up for the open jam session is a must!).
House band, Lucy Mae and the Tom Cats, who will be making regular appearances at the club, put on an excellent performance – silky, jazzy and sultry, with the energy to bring the venue to its feet as tables were abandoned in favour of dancing.
General Manager Ross Thomson had commented ‘We hope to attract Manchester’s finest musicians to come jam with us, providing a suave Thursday night hangout for people who love their music. We’re really proud of our venue, and I think the Prohibition New York club vibe will make for a fitting backdrop to these regular Jazz & Soul nights.’ On the evidence of the launch night they are well on their way to doing so.
Aside from the jazz, the venue serves an outstanding array of cocktails, skillfully crafted by the attentive staff. We took the opportunity to sample several of them – the Mai Tai, Coffee Cocktail no. 2, Vesper, and Pornstar Martini all of which complimented the atmosphere perfectly and tantalised the pallet, whilst our designated driver vouched for the wonderful fruit juice cocktail.
The Jazz and Soul Club Night is certainly a welcome addition to Manchester’s live music scene in a venue which suits it perfectly.
Tables can be reserved via email@example.com
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