Jan 2023 News from the Fuse

We are honoured to have been offered the opportunity to programme ‘Jazz in the House’ at Lauderdale House in Waterlow Park, Highgate following the death of Brian Blain last October. This long standing series of modern, world class jazz was run and hosted by Brian for over 25 years.

Our relationship with Lauderdale House and Brian goes back many years. Deirdre’s mother walked her as a baby in Waterlow Park and both of us lived locally for many years. Brian was a friend of ours from the 1980s and we first encountered him whilst playing in the Guest Stars, through his work with the Musicians Union. We truly valued his support and our many interesting chats about life, art, politics and music. We were very saddened by his passing but we are looking forward to continue keeping live jazz at Lauderdale House and enabling it to thrive and develop.

‘Blow the Fuse’ featuring the acclaimed team of Deirdre Cartwright and Alison Rayner will continue Brian’s legacy with a new programme of jazz starting on Thursday May 4th 2023. Award-winning musicians Deirdre and Alison have run their own jazz club for over 30 years and will carry forward ‘Jazz in the House’ in the spirit of Brian Blain and his tireless support for musicians and live music.

Blow the Fuse jazz club continues to be in the heart of Stoke Newington in the superb space of St Matthias Hall and St Matthias Church.

Fri 24 March  Sarah Jane Morris & Solis String Quartet BOOK

We expect this to be one of the stand out events of 2023.

  • The amazing four octave voice of Sarah Jane Morris,
  • The sublime musicianship of the Italian Solis String Quartet
  • The beautiful setting of St Matthias Church, Stoke Newington’s only Grade I listed building.
  • And this is their ONLY London show.

Fri 28 Apr BTF Jazz Club Sea Change  St Matthias Hall N16 8DD
An evening to celebrate the life of Al Rider.


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