The world-renowned restaurant chain PizzaExpress is launching its own record label in conjunction with its live music arm PizzaExpress Live. PX Records will release albums from new and established stars of the jazz and soul scene alongside a selection of previously unissued music from PizzaExpress Live’s extensive archive of live recordings.
Since its inception in Soho in the late ‘70s, PizzaExpress Live has built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading destinations for live music, presenting over 50,000 concerts from an array of global stars including the likes of Tony Bennett, Amy Winehouse, Diana Krall, Van Morrison, Bill Wyman, Benny Carter, Brian May, George Shearing, Charlie Watts, Mose Allison, Anita O’Day, and Melody Gardot. Also responsible for hosting the first UK concerts from a long line of musicians who have gone on to become international star acts – including Jamie Cullum, Norah Jones and Gregory Porter to name a few – PizzaExpress Live has become a celebrated London institution synonymous with the very best jazz and soul music.
The next chapter in the iconic organisation’s story is the launch of PX Records and the release of a selection of live albums recorded across its venues – PizzaExpress Live in Holborn, the historic PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho, and The Pheasantry in Chelsea – which will feature performances from a broad mix of established artists and the very best emerging talent from across the worlds of jazz, soul, blues and beyond.
The first run of releases will feature albums from master US saxophonist and mainstay of the international jazz scene Scott Hamilton, incendiary UK soul outfit Mamas Gun, genre-blurring multi-instrumentalist and producer edbl, and one of the most hotly-tipped new bands on the UK scene Native Dancer. In addition, the label will release a series of legacy recordings sourced from PizzaExpress Live’s extensive archive dating back over 45 years and featuring previously unreleased performances from some of the legendary acts to have graced its stage.
The label’s first two albums – the Scott Hamilton Quartet’sAt PizzaExpress Live – In London and Mamas Gun’s At PizzaExpress Live – In London – will be released on April 14th, 2023.