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Who could imagine a speakeasy in a church basement?

A musician, or three or four. Especially if one of them is a member of the church.

And so was born a downtown pop-up jazz club called Woodfield Jazz at First-St. Andrew’s United Church.

“I’m always looking at rooms and wondering if this would be a good venue for jazz,” said singer Sonja Gustafson, one of the venue’s organizers.

In January 2018, she performed a fundraiser for ELUCO (East London United Church Outreach) at her own church, First-St. Andrew’s. The original plan was to use the sanctuary, but Gustafson asked if the lower hall could be set up like a nightclub with tables and a bar.

Let there be jazz

Who could imagine a speakeasy in a church basement?

A musician, or three or four. Especially if one of them is a member of the church.

And so was born a downtown pop-up jazz club called Woodfield Jazz at First-St. Andrew’s United Church.

“I’m always looking at rooms and wondering if this would be a good venue for jazz,” said singer Sonja Gustafson, one of the venue’s organizers.

In January 2018, she performed a fundraiser for ELUCO (East London United Church Outreach) at her own church, First-St. Andrew’s. The original plan was to use the sanctuary, but Gustafson asked if the lower hall could be set up like a nightclub with tables and a bar.

Look & listen: CBC London Sounds of the Season

Couldn’t be there? You can still watch the show on CBC Facebook page. The Beal Singers, led by director David Weaver, of HB Beal Secondary School moved the crowd with some holiday classics, including Deck the Halls and Silent Night.

Other special musical performances included Denise Pelley and Yuri Pool.

Join CBC London and help fight hunger this holiday season

CBC London’s annual Sounds of the Season concert is on Wed. Dec. 19 at the Wolf Performance Hall. This year’s concert will feature London jazz singer Denise Pelley and the HB Beal Singers under the direction of David Weaver.

London musicians joining forces to aid South Sudan

Some of London’s most accomplished musical talents are getting together to raise awareness and funding for aid work in South Sudan.

Welcome to my new website

I am happy to have this opportunity to share my love of music. I invite you to have a look around, listen to some music, watch some videos, view photos. Please send your friends to have a look too!