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Pizza Express launches label to release archive of live jazz and soul recordings

By | Published on Wednesday 15 March 2023

PX Records

Restaurant chain Pizza Express has announced the launch of new record label PX Records. It plans to put out releases by new and established soul and jazz artists recorded as part of its Pizza Express Live initiative, including recordings from the archives of that scheme.

“The PX Records vision is to celebrate the prestigious Pizza Express Live legacy and to share some of the incredible performances that we get to experience across our venues on a daily basis”, says Pizza Express Music Manager and now label boss Ross Dines.

“When listening back to recordings, we’re always struck by both the quality of the audio and by how perfectly they captured the energy and excitement of the show itself. A Pizza Express record label has long been a dream of the team here and we’re delighted that it’s finally coming to fruition”.

Pizza Express Live was launched at the company’s Soho restaurant in the late 1970s and has since rolled out to other venues. It now has an archive of over 50,000 recordings by artists including Tony Bennett, Amy Winehouse, Diana Krall, Van Morrison, Brian May and more.

Among its planned releases, PX Records is set to put out a series of live albums recorded at Pizza Express Live in Holborn, the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, and The Pheasantry in Chelsea. The first two records – ‘Scott Hamilton Quartet At Pizza Express Live’ and ‘Mamas Gun At Pizza Express Live’ – will be out on 14 Apr.