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A NEW VENUE IS SET TO take the capital by storm in the shape of the Beat Jazz Basement. Situated on the former site of Edinburgh’s No 1 Cellar Bar on Chambers Street, the jazz basement will be licensed until 3am every night of the week and will offer a modern fusion of live and pre-recorded music. Promoters from clubs such as Headspin, Big Beat, Ultragroove, Lizzard Lounge and Nuspirit have already come on board, providing everything from afrobeat to hip hop but all with a discernible jazz bias. The legendary Blue Note Records will also be playing a role at the Beat, hosting the ‘Trouble At The Blue Note’ sessions in association with Freak Marketing. The venue opens on Friday 1 March and the first Blue Note date will feature a freestyle frenzy from hip hop outfit New Flesh (Big Dada/Ninja Tune) on Friday 8 March.


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