Refreshingly familiar: the 606 Club Chelsea

A preview of this month's events at one of London's longest-established and most discerning jazz venues


The 606 Club in Chelsea has been presenting jazz, soul, R&B, blues and Latin music since 1976, making it one of London’s oldest independent live music venues. Many artists now widely recognized as the “Best of British” performed at this historic club and restaurant when they were up-and-coming, including Jamie Cullum, Gwilym Simcock, Claire Martin and Liane Carroll.

While jazz music is indisputably enjoying a resurgence of late, the 606 has been playing its part in nurturing UK jazz and live music for over 40 years, and that atmosphere is still very much in evidence at the club today.

The club’s September schedule includes several jazz musicians that have reached what one might aptly describe as legendary status. The aforementioned Liane Carroll, the first artist ever to win two BBC Jazz Awards in the same year – for Best Vocalist and Best of Jazz – is at the Club on Sunday the 15th, while saxophonist Peter King, formerly a member of both the Ronnie Scott Quintet and Charlie Watts Band, plays with saxophonist Mornington Lockett (Stan Tracey, Celebrating the Jazz Couriers) in a co-led gig on Tuesday 17th.

Speaking of award-winning, saxophonist Tony Kofi’s awards include the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards – Best Ensemble, 2005 Radio 3 Jazz Line Up “Album of the Year” and 2008 BBC Jazz Awards “Best Instrumentalist”, as well as also being nominated for a MOBO in 2008. His project “Portrait of Cannonball”, a salute to one of the finest and most influential saxophonists of the hard-bop era Cannonball Adderley, is at the Six on Thursday 26th September.

The club presents live music seven nights a week plus Sunday lunches, all at 90 Lots Road SW10 0QD. Find out more about the 606 and all of its events by visiting or calling 020 7352 5953.

Links to just three of around 30 events at the 606 Club this month:
Liane Carroll
Peter King/Mornington Lockett
Tony Kofi/Portrait of Cannonball

This article was produced with the assistance of the promoter.