Neasden music lover sets up reggae jazz bar event in Dollis Hill
PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 September 2015
A Neasden entrepreneur is setting up a bi-monthly jazz evening for music lovers.
Shelley Crawford is launching The Reggae Jazz Bar at the Ox and Gate in Coles Green Road, Dollis Hill, in a ticket only extravaganza.
The evening’s entertainment will then be open to the general public every second Sunday of the month, with musicians billed every week in December.
She said: “I had the idea six months ago. I’m a fashion designer by trade and I love the 1920’s and that whole Great Gatsby scene. I’m also an events co-ordinator and loved the idea of having my own Sunday hub where people can enjoy themselves.”
Over the coming months the event, which is influenced by the nostalgia of the 1920’s Cotton Club Jazz Scene, Ms Shelley will introduce live reggae and jazz acts including Cuttie Williams, The Elements Band and the Hat Pack.
The events will run from 7pm – midnight and guests will be expected to dress up to fully engage with the experience.
The Christmas show she said is a Black Tie evening taking a similar concept to the Rat Pack events starring Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra.
A trumpet and piano player throughout her childhood, the 53-year-old said she has always been interested in jazz.
She added: “My background is Jamaican and I grew up with reggae. Dean Fraser co-ordinated the saxophone with reggae and it’s a great sound.”
“I’m going to start it out slowly and see how it goes. I’ve booked the Ox and Gate until next June so if it takes off, we’ll see what happens.”