Brooks Blues Bar has established a reputation for showcasing top international blues musicians.  Over the past 10 years, having moved to various venues, it has succeeded in not only creating an intimate atmosphere, but also providing the best sound for acoustic musicians. 

Tony Bell & Ann Rosenberg (with support & encouragement from the late Brian Cookman) set up Brooks Blues Bar on 1st. May 2003 in the cellar bar of the Brook Green Hotel in Hammersmith. Brooks Blues Bar operated every Friday, but after a change of management moved to pastures new at the end of July 2006. Thus Brooks Blues Bar temporarily relocated to new venues: Wednesdays in Notting Hill and Thursdays in St Margaret’s Twickenham, with one Friday a month in Camden whilst seeking a regular venue in West London to accommodate its growing audience.

In November 2006 Brooks Blues Bar was approached by the manager of The Telegraph on Putney Heath and it was mission accomplished in finding an excellent new regular weekly venue. The opening night in January 2007 drew a capacity audience. The new venue enabled an upgrading of the sound system to provide the best quality sound of any of London’s small venues. 

At the end of 2010 Tony & Ann were going to retire from the demanding routine of setting up the room, stage, lighting and sound system and the de-rigging at the end of the evening. However the protest from audiences and musicians alike persuaded them to continue. So Brooks Blues Bar moved again – this time to The Parsons Green Sports & Social Club (aka The Parsons Green Club) in Fulham, on a monthly basis from January 2010 

After two acclaimed years at The Parsons Green Club, Tony and Ann again contemplated retirement until approached by the Jazz Café Posk to establish a blues night.  The venue was a perfect one – small, intimate and with the added bonus of a dedicated stage, lighting and sound system, plus a grand piano and good transport links.

So Brooks Blues Bar enters its exciting second decade in 2013, continuing to bring the best acoustic blues to London, on the first Saturday of the month starting on January 5th.. 

Brooks Blues Bar in conjunction with Jazz Café Posk admission policy is to keep entrance fees affordable. Both Brooks Blues Bar and Jazz Café Posk operate on a non-profit, self-funding basis.

Tony Bell and Ann Rosenberg


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