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What we do
Who we are
time period from the early part of the last century is what we crave.
For one night every month we intend to give you exactly that: the
most unusual time-honoured music event in London in a beautiful
period venue. We are not just playing at 78 revolutions per minute,
we are living it!
Our mission is to promote music of the 1920s
through to the 1940s by holding events with an art deco feel and
original 78 rpm recordings played on vintage equipment - not a CD
or laptop in sight. Revelers dress up in the spirit of things
with suitably period atire, and many a vintage hairstyle is glamorously
on display. We are celebrating the era of swing the way it ought
to be celebrated - in mono, full of depth and rounded tone and that
atmospheric crackle and hiss. We are paying homage to the raving
party music from a choice era and rollicking to the records on which
the music was originally issued!
Events are regulalrly held at The Salisbury
Public House and Hotel on Green Lanes, North London. This huge, late Victorian grade II listed building was beautifully and authentically restored in 2003
and now evokes the prestigious character that it enjoyed at the turn
of the former century, from the stained glass skylights and the original
carved wood bar and mosaic floor, to the cozy alcoves where
patrons can sit and sip a drink or two whilst soaking up the atmosphere
of a twenties speakeasy. Used as a location for Richard Attenborough's
Charlie Chaplin biopic, the public house has received many commendations not just
for its impressively authentic restoration, but also for
its high standard of gastro fare, selection of European ales, and
We invite all attendees to wear their most
glamorous jazz-age glad-rags or most dignified period duds, but
its not a requirement. Whether you simply want to immerse yourself
in a night of unabashed glamour, or be mesmerised by the wonderfully
impressive swing dancing, or maybe you are tempted to try the included
swing class for beginners at 7.30pm, there is something for every-one.
Why not come early for scrumtious meals at this comfortably plush
gastro-pub? There really is no other club-night like it in London.
Meet the team:
Gaia was born and raised in Portland Oregon, on the stunning west
coast of the United States of America. A graduate of Central St
Martin's, she has worked on many theatrical productions doing costumes
and sets. She now owns and runs a company with her business partner
Mahani called Studio Soüfflé. Designing and making unique
bespoke inflatables, which adorn various venues across London and
other worldwide locations. Often working with Selfridges atrium
spaces in Oxford Street and Birmingham; see: StudioSouffle.com
By night her other talents can be seen on Londons top dance
floors. Gaia has been dancing Lindy Hop, Charleston, Swing, Blues
and Balboa since the age of 15 and has had the privilege of teaching
swing dancing in many cities around the world including Rome and
Dubai. "I started teaching privately in America in 1999 focussing
on Lindy Hop, Charleston and Blues. Currently beginners and intermediates
can attend workshops in North London, where they are taken through
the basics of East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa and/or Charleston
Paul lives and breathes his music and has been collecting and playing
78s on the London scene for over 25 years. He boasts an impressive
collection of rare '20s, '30s early Jazz, Swing, Rhythm and Blues.
"My passion is Jazz and Swing recordings from the mid '20s
to the early '30s . I love how the music is arranged and the way
the players instinctively know when to come in, especially on earlier
New Orleans recordings, where the playing is looser, but at the
same time incongruously tighter. The period from the late '20s through
to mid '30s to me are the absolute pinnacle, with magical solos
from the best players that have ever been. Today we really don't
appreciate how good they really were and have nobody that can compare
to the likes of King Oliver, Duke Ellington, Thomas Morris, Clarence
Williams and many other long forgotten names that not only made
Jazz, but shaped it and sent it on it's long journey, influencing
every other music style that came after it"
"I first fell in love with Jazz as a child and it brings back
great childhood memories of my grandparents dancing around their
living room, to British dance bands on their HMV radio. So I guess
it's no coincidence today that I have amassed a collection of 78s
from that time and now dance around my living room with my other
half, and yes I also have a few HMV radios that I have restored.
Paul's favours Balboa, original Jive and LA Swing, but also teaches
Blues and Lindy.
This early influence spreads right across Paul's life, in the clothes
he wears, the house he lives in and even the car he drives. Paul
imported a hot-rod over from the US. "I had been after a 1935
American Ford pick-up truck, which was found by a friend, whilst
driving through the Arizona desert. "Suffice to say I had it
shipped over here and rebuilt it from scratch and now drive it around
making a huge lot of noise, which is great fun".
Paul has been running Mouthful o' Jam with Gaia for the last three
years. "As DJ's we got fed up with being constrained by what
we should play, what style, for how long etc
and so I decided
to set up my own club, with my best friend and fellow dance enthusiast
Gaia Hannan. Originally we were only going to run three nights a
year, but on our first opening night, we had over 200 guests. It
was such a success, that they insisted we put it on the next month
and so we couldn't let our members down and here we are 3 years
later, still drawing the best of the dancers on the scene, as well
as a wonderful amount of new dancers, young and old to the club.
Our youngest member is 19 and oldest, 83. We get people coming to
the club from all over the UK. Apparently in the US, our club is
considered to be an underground gem on the London swing scene.
"We now have over 700 members, who dress to impress. They
always look the part and that makes for a great, glam evening. It's
fun and frantic, but people don't get raging drunk or fight. The
emphasis of our night is on having a good time and not how well
you can dance. We believe that everyone can dance and want everyone
to go away with a smile after a fabulous night out with good people.
We love what we do and our passion and that of our resident Dj's,
Tim Hellzapoppin and Kid Krupa is felt every time we run a night.
It's electric. "I spent a lot of time getting together the
right mix of equipment, so that the 78s would sound as they did
and should. Alleviating the snap, crackle and pop, that is usually
heard with 78s". Paul put all this together in his own custom-designed
Art Deco speakers.
Helping coordinate and organize all this is DJ Creole Gal - aka
Emma Newton-Gunn. Often found at the entrance to the gig ensuring
guests feel welcome, Emma is the 'people person' for Mouthful O'
Jam. Organizing these events requires liaising with many different
parties, including the management of the premises, the guest DJs,
and even the media and the press. Emma's engraciating social skills
ensures that everyone is on board and (if you'll excuse the mixed
metaphor) in the loop.
Emma is fairly new to the swing scene, although music has been
in her blood from a young age. "I was brought up with jazz
being played all the time in the house, as my father was a jazz
pianist and founder member of Ronnie Scott's and played jazz piano
every night. I first started jamming along with him on my recorder
from the age of 6. Then progressed onto the piano, as we had two
at opposite ends of the room and finally onto an Alto sax. We still
play music (and dance to it) all the time in my house, either on
the hi-fi or on the various instruments I have collected from all
over the world. (I have three accordeons, but can't play any of
them!). It was really only a question of time before I brought my
passion for music to the decks".
"The biggest buzz of being part of the Mouthful crew, is that
all our DJs and teachers are equally passionate about what they
do. It is quite hard to get on the decks sometimes, as there is
usually a guest DJ or two at every Mouthful O' Jam event, on top
of our 3 resident DJs Kid Krupa, Swing Maniac and Tim Hellzapoppin,
feeding of their mutual frenzy for the music and the latest shellac
gem they have discovered".
"This passion is infections and has infused the dance floor
and our regulars, fuelling their own desire to dance their socks
off and ultimately stretching their talent and experimentation with
their moves. For me the dancing is just an extension of the music,
as when the shellac spins you just can't sit still. It's a fantastic
spectacle to watch".
By day Emma is a Film and TV producer and is currently developing
a Jazz History series.