Quotes

17th February 2020: Daily Telegraph review of the Xhosa Cole/Jay Phelps gig, 14/2. “It’s one of those pleasingly hot, intimate, somewhat scruffy jazz clubs on which the health of the art form absolutely relies. The first thing that strikes you when you walk through the door is a huge reproduction of the famous “Great Day in Harlem” photograph, in which 57 of the biggest names in jazz are seen gathered on a New York street in 1958… When Cole walked onto the tiny stage in his double-breasted suit, he looked as if he could have strolled out of that photo…” – Ivan Hewett

September 2019: The Verdict wins Parliamentary Award nomination for Best Jazz Venue in the UK

2nd/7th February 2016: the Guardian/Observer votes the Verdict the best jazz club in the UK and one of the top five in Europe: “Its purpose-built basement, adorned with original photographs of jazz legends, seats just 60 and brims with atmosphere. Adventurous programming and great acoustics are pulling in the finest UK players and attracting jazz lovers from across the generations.” Click for Guardian link

“We love playing at this wicked club. If it were in London it would be the place to go, and packed every night. It is always our favourite venue on any tour.. If you can’t try something new at the Verdict, where can you?” Kit Downes

“Brighton’s lucky – the Verdict is an archetypal boîte de nuit, but without the grime.” Art Themen

“An utterly marvellous club.” Ian Shaw

“The Verdict is such a hip and happening place, I’m over the moon about it.” Claire Martin

“Definitely one of the best jazz clubs in Europe. – very special, very intimate.” Enzo Zirilli

“I only had to play one note in this place to feel happy.” Pierrick Pedron

“There are two venues in the South with good sound: The Purcell Room and The Verdict.” Larry Bartley

“The most beautiful jazz club in England.” Tommy Bradascio

“Lovely warm atmosphere, great acoustics, baby grand piano… this feels like home.” Brighton Argus 30/1/2015

“One of the great jazz clubs of the world.” Sheryl Bailey

“This is an inspiring venue: great acoustics, a listening audience, and it even looks how a jazz club should look.” Vasilis Xenopoulos

“The best club in the f***ing c***ry” Damon Brown

“This club has the best sound in the world.” Gilad Atzmon