The Guardian festival blog: Rising numbers of younger fans spark a UK jazz renaissance | Music

From smoky US bars to clubs in the Weimar republic, jazz has been popular across the world, with its heyday almost a century ago. But in a tiny converted railway arch in south-east London, a weekly jazz night has become the hub for a new flourishing scene in the UK.

Steam Down in Deptford has hosted a growing number of British artists. Their presence, combined with the rise of streaming websites, is triggering a spike in appreciation for jazz in Britain. Signs of that surge in interest are visible across the music business, with streaming sites reporting a growth in young listeners, mainstream artists collaborating with jazz stars and big music festivals signing up more jazz acts than ever.

When it started, Steam Down saw around a dozen people walk through the doors. Following its second anniversary, Ahnansé, who set up the night and also performs with the in-house band the event is named after, said it has been at capacity…


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