Tuesday, January 31, 2006


The original SUNDAY JOINT was conceived and brought into being by Roger C and Lesley Green (manageress of the Vortex Jazz Bar) after a series of highly successful semi-legal, warehouse parties in the Stoke Newington area of North-East London... The idea was that it be an event where people could wind down & relax after a hard weekend of partying, however when the beer started to flow anything could happen, and it was not unknown for spontaneous outbreaks of dancing on the bar to "jump-up" hip-hop, to erupt.

"Phat Beats, Hip-Hop, Funky Soundtracks, Drum'n'Bass and Loungecore... all sewn up with a tenous jazz thread" was the by-line - because at that time the Vortex was one of the longest running and respected jazz clubs in London, visited by many famous international jazz musicians. Many of the local DJ's who made guest appearances on the turntables with Roger C were drawn from Stokies huge pool of talent - Nigel Clark from chart-toppers Dodgy, Tjinder Singh from indie stalwarts Cornershop, MIchael Dog from the infamous Club Dog and Planet Dog Records, all the serious vinyl-heads from Totem Records across the street. Alt-cabaret songstresses Pearl Harbour and Dee Day Landings made a few appearances, the Bikini Beach Band were frequently involved - the only thing predictable about the Sunday Joint was it's un-predictability.

Resident DJ Roger C quit the UK in November 1998 for Los Angeles and eventually Sydney, Australia but The Sunday Joint continued on at The Vortex until May / June of the following year... there was a tie-in with Sonnie Mann's Chapel of Karaoke every couple of weeks... Tom Middleton made an appearance. Eventually though the Joint came to an end in the early summer of 1999.

Just unearthed from the vaults are these posters and flyers..

The Vortex Jazz Bar

However, The Sunday Joint was definitely not going to die... in December of 1999, Roger C resurrected the concept in Sydney, in the upstairs lounge of the Well Connected internet cafe in Glebe, a neighborhood very similar to Stoke Newington in many ways, but with more sun and less shootings. It ran there for five months, throughout the long hot Australian summer, with Roger C being joined every week by local guest djs, and finished at the end of April 2000 with the expiration of his Australian visitors visa.


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