Pizza Express on song

The Singers Lounge, in the basement of the Pizza Express St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, will feature "intimate shows from exceptional vocal talents and talented singer-pianists"

The Singers Lounge, says Pizza Express, "aims to recreate backstreet bars of New York, in the vein of Marie's Crisis, a favourite haunt of Broadway stars, to provide a dedicated space to celebrate vocal talent."

It's the latest venture for the Pizza Express Jazz Club. The basement hangout can be found beneath the club's sister restaurant in St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, in the heart of the West End.

The first half dozen shows have been announced. Jazz vocalist and songwriter Natalie Williams and keyboardist Charlie Wood open the club with shows on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 September. Natalie Duncan, who's appeared on Later...With Jools Holland, performs on Thursday 10 September.

Singer and trumpet player Georgina Jackson (pictured left) brings the sounds of Peggy Lee to the lounge on Friday 11 September, with pianist Nick Dawson. Vula, lead singer with Basement Jaxx and a star of the 2014 London Jazz Festival's Jazz Voice concert, appears with multi-instrumentalist Xantoné Blacq on Thursday 17 September and with Welsh singer Nate Williams on Friday 18 September. Broadway's Shoshana Bean appears for three nights from Friday 2 October.

Doors open for featured shows at 8.00pm. From 11.00pm each night admission to the lounge will be free and singer and pianist Damien Flood will host the Aftershow Open Mic Night, giving vocalists of any genre the chance to sit in and sing.

For further information and ticket sales please go to the Singers Lounge website.

Bruce Lindsay

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