By Matt Stevenson
Charlie Wright’s is one of just a handful of dedicated music clubs located in the Shoreditch area, hosting both up and coming artists as well as jazz heavyweights from around the world.
Dark ruby red walls, vintage fixtures and fittings and worn leather sofas set the scene whilst the softly lit band plays their set. From this evidence it is very easy to see how Charlie Wright’s has adopted its influences from the New York jazz scene. The nature and size of the building mean many of the tables are within close proximity to the stage making this an intimate venue. There are quieter corners for those who wish to enjoy a drink over some conversation whilst the band plays.
Although a variety of genres can be found on various nights at Charlie Wright’s, Thursday nights has its roots in jazz and is hosted by resident house band ‘Binky Golding Quartet’. This group of young talented musicians play a variety of slow soothing pieces with upbeat toe-tapping tunes thrown in, consisting of old favourites as well as their own original compositions. After the two hour set has played the open jams begins and a more casual atmosphere is created as other musicians are welcomed up to join the band. The night attracts a mix of both young and old brought together by a joint love of jazz assisting in creating a unique and memorable night.
The bar is well equipped with an array of spirits, bottled beers, ciders and notably if you opt for a cocktail it will be presented to you in a jam jar. The bar is decorated with a decent collection of draught beer including Asahi, Oranjeboom, Hoegaarden and Charlie Wright’s very own lager. In the true experimental nature of jazz itself, Charlie Wright’s fuses music with an extensive, freshly cooked Thai menu where a feast for one is priced at just £12, it is served up until 10.30pm.
With an inexpensive entrance fee of between £3 and £5, this venue is great for jazz fanatics but is unintimidating and inviting for those who want to spend their evening doing something a little different. If jazz really isn’t your thing, Charlie Wright’s also hosts comedy nights and DJs throughout the month.