On a recent trip to London to meetings on Park Lane I was disappointed to see that one of my favourite Jazz venues had shut down - "Pizza on the Park" was the Jazz room under the Pizza express on Hyde park Corner and had international acclaim for the acts that performed there.
Having had a quick look on google it would appear that I am not the only person upset by the closing of this fantastic and irreplaceable venue: http://www.google.co.uk/#sclient=psy&hl=en&rlz=1R2SUNC_enGB380&q=pizza+on+the+park+closing&rlz=1R2SUNC_enGB380&aq=f&aqi=g-s1g-sx3g-o1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=7b074eea587325fb
CGA first started dealing with Pizza on the Park back in 1995 when we where introduced to the current owner (and founder of Pizza Express) Mr Peter Boizot OBE.
We did lots of work with Peter improving the venue by installing new lights, speakers, monitors and microphones.
When we first arrived the venue boasted a pair on Bose 802 cabinets! and a crown/amcron DC300 amplifier. We swiftly replaced these with a pair of EV Motivator II cabinets and a Crown 1200 amplifier and then later added additional processing and some SX300 cabinets at the rear of the room.
Along with Peter Boizot and the management team we also had the pleasure of working with Mr Simon Becker the house pianist, who unfortunately is no longer with us. Under Simon's watchful eye acts came and went having been rehearsed, introduced and pampered
Our relationship finished a few years ago when Peter Sold the restaurant off to Pizza Express and the new management went with another sound company to maintain this venue, although I believe they kept the hardware installed by CGA Integration.
A huge shame this venue has gone.