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.
Blow the Fuse ‘On Air’
In 2020 – 2021, we were awarded funding by the Arts Council of England to produce a series of online concerts recorded exclusively by Blow the Fuse from the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston plus archive film footage and interviews. We’d like to thank everyone who’s supported us through these extraordinary times and to all of you who became a BTF Patron through donations. Your support was crucial and helped us to produce TEN shows in all. A very steep but rewarding learning curve.
All shows can now be viewed anytime on our You Tube channel HERE
Carol Grimes • Deirdre Cartwright • Liane Carroll • Annie Whitehead
D’n’A present vintage Guest Stars • Martha & Eve + The DaDa Dandies
Back to the 70s • The Casimir Connection + Add3io • Ian Shaw • ARQ
Many thanks to the Arts Council Of England for their support….
We’ve won the 2020 award for ‘Services to Jazz’ at the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
Thanks to everyone involved, it meant a lot to us, we’re really honoured.
Tomorrow the Moon, supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund began in January 2020. We have finally been able to stage our last two events of this season this Autumn 2022 with Alex Clarke and ARQ + Balledestre.
We were delighted to have received funding to record the latest ARQ album ‘Short Stories’ and for a national tour promoting the album.
and to the equally wonderful people working at the PRSF for the Women Make music fund.
Thank you to all our supporters and watch this space for more news…