Almost 21 years have now passed since The Sandringham Hotel became the mecca for live jazz performances in Cardiff. This innovation resulted from the sale of the premises that housed Cardiffs’ famous FOUR BARS INN – a nightly live jazz venue that flourished under the guidance of The Welsh Jazz Society, The Cardiff Jazz Society, Blues Dragon and The Preservation Jazz Society since 1987.
On Wednesday 29th November 1995 the FOUR BARS INN at SANDYS was opened. Since that day, this welcoming city centre bar and restaurant, now trading as CAFÉ JAZZ, has played host to a multitude of fine musicians from across the globe.
Perceptive Welsh jazz & blues fans have welcomed and enjoyed stimulating performances by musicians from France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Latvia, the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, The Czech Republic, Israel, and Cuba and, of course, the U.K.
Some of the consummate British musicians that have graced our stage include Peter King, Stan Tracey, Clarke Tracy, Stan Sulzmann, Dave Cliff, John Horler, Martin Speake Keith Tippett, Henry Lowther, Julian Seigal, Jeff Clyne, Nick Weldon, Marc Lockheart, Seb Rochford, Andy Panayi, Esmond Selwyn, John Critcheson, Alec Dankworth, John Parracelli, Tom Cawley, Jamie Cullam, Geoff Eales, Steve Waterman, Hamilton Loomis and so many more great musicians.
It surprises some that such an abundance of supreme talent could compliment a small and intimate venue as Café Jazz. One of the most famous jazz clubs in the World – The Village Vanguard in New York is equally intimate and conducive for musicians and their audiences.
Lovers of jazz do not measure their chosen art form by vast auditoriums or excessive amplification. Jazz followers prefer to be up close to stage offering natural acoustics. They remain quiet and attentive then shut their eyes while they bathe in a melodic and innovative feast.