Jazz breakfasts back on the menu at Lancaster pub

Jon Moore and Sue Parish at the Robert Gillow
Jon Moore and Sue Parish at the Robert Gillow

Jazz breakfasts are back at the Robert Gillow in Lancaster as part of a partnership between the landlord and musicians.

The Gillow hosted the events at the recent Lancaster Jazz Festival, with music from local jazz performers accompanying the most important meal of the day.

It is the third time jazz breakfasts have featured on the festival’s music menu, and they went down so well that the pub has decided to reinstate them.

Landlord Mark Cutter said: “The vibrancy of the events was great, and they were attended by music fans of all ages.

“One of my favourite memories is the musician stopping playing the piano for a few moments to show a young girl what she was doing.

“Afterwards, Sue Parish, Jon Moore and some local musicians came to me to suggest that we reinstated our regular breakfast music slots on a partnership basis, and we have decided to give it a go.

“One of the things I love about being so deeply involved in the Lancaster music scene, is the general sense of partnership and professionalism that you find among most of our local artists”.

With jazz music a regular staple of Monday nights – The Initiative or Adverse Camber, 9pm, Tuesday nights – Sue Parish and Jon Moore Present...and Sunday afternoons – The Sun Street Stompers, 12.30pm - 3pm, the venue has become something of a home for the city’s jazz scene.

Musician Jon Moore commented: “Performing at that time of day is an experiment for all of us, and it is quite a different audience to the hustle and bustle of other festival gigs, but that makes it all the more enjoyable to play”.

Champagne Jazz Breakfasts were already featured in The Gillow’s music programme for Lancaster Music Festival, but they will now bridge the gap with the following line up with Victoria Morris on Saturday October 3 and Sue and Jon duet on Sunday October 4.

Doors open at 9.30am and music starts at 10am.

Other breakfast events that The Robert Gillow organises include hosting musical breakfast events with disability focussed organisations like Beaumont College and Piccadilly Gardens. Speaking of these events Mark said: “It is always a pleasure to make venue available to everyone and anyone who wants to enjoy music, and supporting community organisations and charities like this is an important is an important part of my business ethos as is the overriding idea that pubs should be places where people come together. In fact, we have actually included an event with Piccadilly Gardens on Monday the 12th of October as part of The Lancaster Music Festival.”