The KLR then moved to the Talk of London were we used to run side by side with the Regency Rooms (Lennie Beige).
It was here that the KLR started having a quality live Band backing established West End Performers, who would perform, lounge classics, jazz standards and Classic Swing numbers, and old School Soul, it was pretty much a homage to Burt Bacharac and Hal David. With the turn tabled fair stemming from Henry Mancini and Bond movies
Although it was still just a hobby, the turning point came in 2000, when first the legendary Gallic Crooner Sacha Distel popped in to do a few numbers after his performance in Chicago and then Paul McCartney came down for a night out, it was at this point the KLR really thought that they were on to something.
In early 2001 we moved to Café de Paris where we ran every Thursday night from 2001 – 2005. During this period we upped the ante a little by attracting some heavy weight artists to perform, such as:
Lounge Legends such as: Andy Williams, Sacha Distel, Tony Hatch and Tony Christie
Rock and Roll Glitterati in the form of: Rick Parfit, Scottie Moore, Shane McGowan, Suggs and Hugh Cornwell
Pop Gold that includes: Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Gaynor, Boy George, Paul Young, Paul Carrick, Tony Hadley & Steve Norman, Claire Grogan, Faye Tozer, Jackie Graham, The Christians, Clem Curtis and the Foundations, Kym Mazelle and Mark Shaw
Hollywood stars such as: Kevin Kline, Annie Hathaway, Cuba Gooding jnr, Jonathan Price and David Soul
Sporting favourites: Phil Tufnell, Alan Hansen, Mathew Stevens, Mark Butcher, Eddie Jordan, Jim Watt and Barry McGuigan
Starlets the next generation: Leah Wood, Kyle Eastwood and Rick Parfitt jnr
And Contemporary artists: Lemar, Sam Brown, Mica Paris, Claire Teale, Lee Ryan, Oliver Darley and Patrizio Buanne
Not to mention a raft of actors and comedians: Neil Morrisey, Nigel Planner, Nick Moran, Adrian Dunbar, John Barrowman, Ben Richards, Bobby Davro, Les Dennis, Will Mellor, John Barrowman and Paul O’Grady
We also had a resident jazz player signed to Candid records, he was hugely gifted and had real star potential…..his name Jamie Cullum. In 2003 the KLR’s success had been recognised by Sony/BMG who signed Up the KLR for a 3 album compilation deal, the Debut Album which was TV advertised reached no 11 in the album charts.
In 2006 we yearned to drop into more intimate surroundings and that’s why Vince Power’s Vegas inspired Supper club Pigalle represented a wonderful opportunity. Although there has been a recent burlesque explosion, which is fabulous, these trends tend to come round and then dissipate every 4 years or so, The KLR has been churning out well produced club nights on a regular basis, nights with emphasis on class live music for 7 years.
The music that inspires us, that has been made famous by the likes of Sammy Davis Junior, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Julie London and Dusty Springfield has a timeless quality. It is dangerous to get too carried away with the word cabaret as,it does suggest a fad, whereas the KLR is very much in it for the long term.
KLR's media accolades include:
"London's best Live Music Club "Now Magazine"
"The best kept secret in town" OK Magazine
"Quite clearly the best night in London" Front Magazine
"Best London Lounge Club" FHM
" Critics Choice" in Time Out and The Guardian
"Clubbing Choice" in Hot Tickets
" Going Out, clubbing choice" in The Evening Standard
"London's most spectacular club" Sunday Express