Jazz fm poised to open music bars

Jazz fm is looking to set up a chain of live music cafébars following a two-year trial of its CaféJazbar venue in Liverpool.

Jazz fm is looking to set up a chain of live music café bars following a two-year trial of its Café Jazbar venue in Liverpool.

The Café Jazbar in Liverpool’s Royal Albert Docks was a joint venture with pub and club operator Regent Inns which ended six months ago.

Jazz fm chief executive Richard Wheatly will not confirm a new deal with a pub operator has been signed.

The station presents live music every Sunday night from Smollensky’s American Bar and Grill on The Strand in London, a venue owned by the Mezzanine Group, which has just acquired the former Capital Radio Café on Finchley Road to create a second Smollensky’s.

It is believed sites across the UK are being targeted, extending the Jazz fm brand beyond London and the North-west, the areas it broadcasts to.

In March, Jazz fm will launch a new Internet-only broadcast service called ejazz.fm, allowing users to tune in to dozens of jazz channels for a subscription fee.

Last week, Rajar figures for the quarter to December 19 1999 reported Jazz fm’s highest total listening hours figure – just over 4 million – since its launch ten years ago.

The London station reported a market share of 1.9 per cent in the capital and an audience of 636,000 who tune in for 6.3 hours a week each, an increase of over two hours on the previous quarter.

Jazz fm is also to co-sponsor the February 14 UK charity premiere of Anthony Minghella’s new film The Talented Mr Ripley, which is set to a classic jazz soundtrack.

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email customerservices@marketingweek.com

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here