LoveEast talks to drummer Clive Fenner about The East Side Jazz Club

Tell us about the club…
We‘ve been going for over 20 years and are open every Tuesday night.

We get between 60 and 120 people each time. They have a good pint or a glass of wine while listening to some fantastic music.

As one supporter commented, “As a club, you offer pretty much all anyone could ask for. Great and varied music, friendly patrons and reasonably priced beers and spirits. Well worth the treck over from Camberwell. Keep up the good work guys!”

What if you’re not into jazz that much?
Its always hard to explain to people who are not into jazz just how good our concerts are but our performers have played with Jamie Cullum, Van Morrison, Jools Holland and Sting.

They’ve sold out Carnegie Hall, they’ve backed Eric Clapton one night and played at the club the next.

But if jazz really isn’t your thing, you’ll be very welcome at our Cuban music night with maestro violinist Omar Puente.
Or why not come to our R’n’B All-Stars Night featuring members of the Jools Holland R’n’B Orchestra? Then there’s our our Jazz Big Band Night or our Liane Carrol Night.

We also introduce new young players and bring in contemporary players who are shaking things up a bit.

We want to have musical integrity and diversity and not just play it safe.

Jazz man Clive Fenner

Where are you based?
Our current venue is the best we have had. We are based upstairs in Leytonstone and District Ex-Servicemen’s Club – behind the Red Lion on Leytonstone High Road.

There are always at least two real ales on pump, and the bar staff are friendly and the beer, wine and spirits are very reasonably priced.

So what’s your message to people who haven’t visited before?
Give it a go! You don’t get many opportunities to hear live music of this quality in a small, friendly club setting and it’s just up the road and at a quarter of the price of Ronnie Scott’s.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The East Side Jazz Club, Leytonstone & District Ex-Servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road, E11 3DB.

Tuesdays, 8.30pm. Tickets on the door from £6 to £8.