The Jazz Cafe

Some words on The Jazz Cafe from Spin Doctor As some of you may have already heard London’s legendary The Jazz Cafe is goes through some changes. The Doctor’s Orders has had many great nights at the venue putting on great shows with legends such as Big Daddy Kane, Jazzy Jeff, Talib Kweli, The Last Poets (plus many more) and our hugely popular Hip-Hop vs RnB monthly club night (now re-launching at The Garage). I was honored to play a part in their programming over the last few years and in their special 25th anniversary celebrations last year. We want to thank all of the incredible staff that helped make all the events such a success and a pleasure to promote. The work that goes on behind the scenes at a venue like The Jazz Café, putting on 500+ events a year, is phenomenal and when done well goes largely unnoticed. Special shout outs go to Ivor 2 step, Sazzle ‘T-Rex’, John Chips & gravy, Guestlist Goose, French Ralf, Pajoe the party and Sheila the smile. What does the future hold? Right now that is a little unclear. We have known about the take over for some time but been unable to discuss it until the deal completed. The new owners, The Columbo Group, are the people behind XOYO, The Old Queens Head, Phonox and The Blues Kitchen. As we understand it the venue is closed until late May for a refurb at which time it will reopen still as The Jazz Cafe. The focus will remain on being a hub for live music seven nights a week with club nights on weekends. For many the venue has not only been somewhere to discover new music but also hear legends perform in a very intimate...

Jazzy Jeff

Ahead of his set for The Doctor’s Orders 10th Birthday at Scala on 23rd Oct alongside J Rocc, Kutmah, The Nextmen, Tall Black Guy, Shortee Blitz, Mr Thing & more we caught up with Jeff to ask him about his 10 x Firsts. Get party info and tickets...

JUST BLAZE

This year The Doctor’s Orders celebrates 10 years as the UK’s No.1 party providers. To mark this they we have caught up with a bunch of guests and friends to discuss 10 x Firsts. First up is super producer for Jay-Z, TI, Rhianna and many more Just Blaze. Here he discusses nearly getting shot for his first kiss and loads more!...

DJ YODA

This year The Doctor’s Orders celebrates a decade at no.1 in the UK party scene so we have asked a bunch of our super talented mates for their 10 firsts. DJ Yoda is up next and reveals his shocking first gig, his Acid Jazz residency & whips out the...

crate diggers

Two of our residents: Spin Doctor & Mr Thing, had the privilege of being featured on Fuse.TV’s Crate Diggers series while they where over in the UK. A great series that has featured the record collections of Jazzy Jeff, J-Dilla, Just Blaze, Pete Rock, Cut Chemist, J-Rocc, Peanut Butter Wold and so many more, they are in truly esteemed company! Check em out here and please share on your...

DJ Jazzy Jeff Q&...

“My job is to make people happy through music” A couple of nights after his set at Plan B the magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff joined a handful of us for a Q&A hosted by Spin Doctor. We now have the whole thing online for you to enjoy. Discussing Fresh Prince, his productions, travelling the world as a DJ & fatherhood the man is a don! See & hear here! Top video is a little 50 second taster while underneath is the full Q&A. Edutainment! 50 second trailer Full 50 min...

Stalley Interview

The Doctor’s Orders caught up with the super dope Stalley ahead of his show with us at The Jazz Cafe. Picking his brains about music, sport, style & beards. He proved himself to be a sharp shooter….. Check it out.   You are rocking your second show in London at Jazz Cafe on 23rd August. What are you looking forward to about being in Europe and what can your fans expect from you? I love the energy in Europe, the fans have a real passion for music and have no reservation about it.  In the US fans are more self conscious in a lot of places and are more restrained at shows. In Europe they just go with the energy.  My fans can expect a lot of energy, excitement and all of my new music from Honest Cowboy. As an Ohio native and the latest in a line of great musicians from the state including Zapp & Roger Troutman, Bone Thugs, Macy Gray and good friend of ours J-Rawls where do you feel your place is in such a legacy? Hopefully I fit right in, that’s a great list of artists.  I don’t know if I’m there yet, but I hope one day when they list all of the greatest artists from Ohio that I’m one of the first you think of. Having moved to NYC what influence have your home state & adopted city had on your music? Ohio definitely has a lot of influence in the music since that is where my love for car and riding culture comes from. NYC has probably added some grittiness to my music, but I was always into East Coast hip hop, even when I was in Ohio. Your lead off single features the legendary Scarface...

Spin Doctor on HBS M...

Spin Doctor had the pleasure of joining the HBS Music Archaeology boys in a chilly shed in North West London to play & chat music, soul, funk, breaks & vinyl! Check it out here and make sure you follow the boys through their YOUTUBE channel & on...

DJ Format & Mr ...

Ahead of spinning the first of what may well become an regular all 45’s party for The Doctor’s Orders @ The Book Club on 22nd March two of the UK’s top DJs and 45’s collectors DJ Format & Mr Thing answer Spin Doctor’s questions about their passion for those little disks your mum used to have!   How many 45’s to you think are presently in your collection? FORMAT – I’ve never counted my 45’s before but I’ve just had a look and I would estimate about 2,000. I know a lot of collectors like to have a lot of records to impress other people but I’m usually quite ruthless in getting rid of records I don’t ever listen to. I prefer to have a manageable amount of records I cherish & enjoy, rather than a lot of mediocre records cluttering up my house. THING – I reckon at a rough guess a couple of thousand, maybe more i’ve never really counted them to be honest or sorted them into Genres even … it’s a lot of boxes, but it covers Soul, Funk, Reggae, Dancehall Reggae, Hip Hop and House and most other stuff too.   What is it you like about 45’s over the good old 12″? FORM – . I started buying Hip Hop 45’s in the late ’80s because you could buy them really cheap in regular shops like Woolworths rather than specialist record shops but I think I got more obsessive about collecting them in the last 10 years because I’d already got most of the Hip Hop 12″s that I wanted so collecting 45’s brought back the excitement of finding my favourite Hip Hop records all over again. Technically speaking, 45’s are definitely harder to mix & scratch with...

9th Wonder Interview

We had a HUGE night on Friday that consisted not only of 9th Wonder spinning a dope set, Rapsody jumping up for her first ever UK show but also the UK premier of ‘The Wonder Year’ followed by a Q&A with the the man of the hour; producer, DJ, Harvard Fellow & Zulu Nation member the incredible 9th Wonder. If you missed out or just want to re-live a great night check out the video and pics we now have online. Massive thanks to Rouben Alaverdian for filming & editing this for us! [Show as...

Mr Thing’s Cha...

Ahead of celebrating his birthday with us your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ, Mr Thing, has selected his top 40 albums from the last 40 years.  Just don’t ask us how old he is! They are all in date order and we have included a few videos for ya. For a full playlist of videos from the chart check out the Youtube playlist HERE Don’t forget to check out the event HERE we have an incredible line up of DJs and tickets are only £4!   Stevie Wonder – Talking Book (1972) – Reminds me of being a child, my Mum used to play this in the car all the time, one of her all time favourite songs is on here (Superstition), and one of mine as well (You’ve Got It Bad Girl). Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWst-r26whI Al Green – I’m Still In Love With You (1972) – One of the albums i first found in my early crate digging days, and i’ve still got the original, beat up copy i found all those years ago! One of my favourite songs on here is Simply Beautiful and introduced me to a) Al Green and b) the genius of Willie Mitchell. Al Green – Love and Happiness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsU6_eSG4k4 James Brown – Black Caeser Soundtrack (1973) – Another LP that completely blew me away at an early age, it came from my Uncle, who gave it to me because he knew i liked James Brown. When i got it home i couldn’t believe the wealth of breaks and amazing music on it, i still have my original of this LP he gave me too. James Brown – The Boss  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC2ZY2loo74 Donald Byrd – Places & Spaces (1975) – One of the things...