World class jazz is coming back to Parr Street with PARRJAZZ

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Danny Murphy and Ryan McMahon of Gracious Development Group at PARRJAZZ
Danny Murphy and Ryan McMahon of Gracious Development Group

PARRJAZZ, Liverpool’s best-established jazz night, is heading back to where it all began at the famous Parr Street Studios.

Studio2 will be the venue for free weekly Tuesday night PARRJAZZ sessions from June 5, with a resident house band, international special guests and a last set jam for anyone to join in.

Jazz has always been at the heart of the Parr Street complex but PARRJAZZ hasn’t been based there since 2014. Now it’s returning to Studio2 and the venue is throwing a launch party with some of the finest musicians from the jazz world.

Special guest for the night will be saxophonist Chris Rand who has performed with legends such as The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, George Porter Jr from New Orleans funk band The Meters, and Nine Below Zero.

General manager Paul Nasole said they were excited to welcome the night back, and hoping to create a regular live music calendar. “We’re very keen to develop a programme of really high standard live music across the whole week so having PARRJAZZ is great because it has exactly that quality of musicians,” he added.

PARRJAZZ at Studio 2
PARRJAZZ at Studio 2

Studio2 was originally known as a world class recording studio and part of the Grammy Award winning Parr Street Studios complex which has been used by stars including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Rihanna, Take That, and Elbow. With Studio A still used for recording, Studio2 has become a dedicated events space, specialising in live music and available for private functions and parties, keeping much of the old studio and control room intact.

“Because it was a recording studio, it was built for sound and every part was created with acoustics in mind so for a small venue it’s quite special,” said Paul.

Genevieve Lamb from PARRJAZZ says they’re looking forward to bringing top calibre jazz acts to Liverpool for free gigs.

“We’d enjoyed a great few years at Frederiks on Hope Street, but now we’ve reached the point where the acts we’re booking have certain requirements and Studio2 fits them perfectly,” she explained. “We’re established internationally so we have so many bands touring the UK who come to us and for a lot of them Studio2 is like walking into Abbey Road, it’s a very comparable space.

“One of the things that makes us different is that PARRJAZZ is a real community, often the audience will get up and perform and the musicians will become the audience, so our nights have a great atmosphere.

“And we deliberately keep the choice of music varied, we spread the umbrella of jazz far and wide, and we’re often the only free date on a European tour so that means everyone can drop in and enjoy it.”

The PARRJAZZ launch party is on June 5 from 7.30pm to 2am, free admission.