There has been jazz in Hastings since the 1950’s, always strongly supported by enthusiastic fans from the local area, surrounding districts and beyond.
The present 1066 Jazz Club was formed in 1996 and takes pride in continuing the tradition of providing “New Orleans” style jazz on the Sussex coast.
We have had several venues around Hastings over the years, but none can equal our current superb home at the Azur. Situated on the promenade at St.Leonards, the Azur has a large dance floor, licensed bar, inexpensive food served to your table and panoramic views along the coast.
1066 Jazz Club meets on Thursday nights and presents a different live jazz band every week, playing in the New Orleans idiom. The music inspires dancing, and many styles can be seen here including Lindy Hop, Skip-Jive, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Ballroom, Charleston Stroll – anything goes!
Our “Brolly Parade” takes place during the second number of the band’s second set, and provides a colourful spectacle said by visiting bands to be one of the best in the country.
Hastings and St.Leonards is a fascinating town for a weekend visit. The Old Town is famous for it’s shore-based fishing fleet, net huts and Fishermen’s Museum. There are plenty of restaurants, pubs, antique shops and art galleries, and you can have fun exploring all the passageways, known locally as “twittens”.
Various events happen during the year including “Jack-in-the-Green” in May, the Old Town Carnival in August, a “Seafood and Wine Festival” in September and a spectacular “Bonfire Night” as part of Hastings Week in October. So why not come down for a fantastic weekend, starting, of course, with a great night out at the 1066 Jazz Club.
We have provided links to local guest houses and the Royal Victoria Hotel on our links page.
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