It is with deep regret that I have to advise you that our venue The Glyde is closing down on 24th August and we must move once again. You can well imagine the shock and, with a bare months’ notice the difficulty the Committee has had to find a new home. We have had to take into consideration a number of key requirements:
*somewhere that had the first Friday of every month free
*somewhere that was in a safe and accessible part of town
*somewhere that had car parking
*somewhere that could take our piano & furniture
*somewhere that has a bar, preferably with real ale
*somewhere with the right sized room
*somewhere that has a warm & friendly atmosphere
*somewhere that was not too expensive
It is therefore with great relief that we can announce that we have found such a venue: The Latvian Club, 5 Clifton Villas, Bradford BD8 7BY. It is the third building on the left-hand side of the street and car parking is available both on the road in in its own carpark. Several buses stop on Manningham Lane, close to Clifton Villas and The Latvian Club, coming from Keighley, at the stop known as Spring Bank Place, 200 yards from Clifton Villas (straight ahead on the left), while from Bradford the stop needed is outside the Sultan restaurant, within a three minute walk of Clifton Villas on the opposite side of the road. The most useful is the 662 with buses leaving Bradford Interchange Stand A at 19.50 & 20.20 and is as good in the other direction. The last buses from the nearest stops are after 22.30 and up to almost midnight in both directions. However, for groups of more than 3 a taxi could well prove cheaper.
We realise that a city-centre venue would have been preferable and one that had disabled access (something the Latvian Club said they’d look into) but we are pleased that we have by and large ticked all the other boxes. Please note that in addition to the wooden chairs they have (seen in the photo) that we will not be using unless asked for there are about 50 COMFY chairs!!
We are moving this week and will be ready to host our first gig of the season there on 6 September with a JATP favourite The Emily Brown Quintet.
In the almost 20 years since JATP began 4 venues back we have only had in mind: to bring the best jazz for miles around to the widest possible audience at the keenest prices. We only exist for you and we cannot exist without you. We sincerely hope you will stick with us in this involuntary but essential move and that we see you all from 6th September and into the future.
Steve Arloff, Chairman JATP Jazz
to The Latvian Club . . .