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Half a century of King Georg For 50 years the King Georg Club has held its place at Sudermanstraße 2 in Cologne, and, for even longer, rumors about its precedents and its past have persistently kept up. Already in 1957 the Parisiana, as the club was called at that time, advertised “ attractive French women and vivacious beauty dancers”. In fact, at no time since the reopening of the club by the name King Georg in 1968, has operated as a genuine table dance bar. But as a myth it is extremely appropriate to the frequently conjured up image of Cologne as ‘Chicago on the Rhine’, referring to the image of the criminal demimonde of the sixties, whose prominent gangsters made history in the city of Cologne. A dimly lit room, golden poles, glittering chandeliers, a dance floor made of brass – the furnishings added to the spreading of dubious legends. Romantic images For more than half a century, a motley crowd of club-goers has come to appreciate the pleasant peculiarities of the club. One of them is the name – it is King Georg and not King George! Why and when the ‘e’ at the end of the name and thus the English pronunciation was dropped nobody really knows. Maybe the force of inspiration was the English King, George of Hanover, who reigned from 1714 to 1727, and with his German origins, his bad English, and his renown as a womanizer, he was an appropriate candidate for the club’s namesake. His portrait is above the bar. But the neon sign outside looks rather more like the writing found on bottles of King George V whisky. Another version of explaining the lack of the ‘e’ is what the down-to-earth people of Cologne say: the letter was simply dropped and never replaced. Between very trendy and secret tip In 2008, André Sauer, with a romantic mind and new ideas, took over the club from Manfred Weinmann. He left the interior as it was, but together with his team introduced a completely different program. There were concerts and DJ sets, lectures and readings, burlesque scenes, and performances. Jan Lankisch ?s legendary string of concerts ACBTY was noticed internationally and created a local fan club. Cooperation with local institutions like the Akademie der Künste der Welt, the Literaturhaus, or the Week-End-Fest immersed King Georg into the heart of Cologne’s cultural scene. For its musical booking, the club is a three-time winner of the ‘Applaus’, a prize for the best program. Jazz and other novelties In 2019, King Georg was confronted with several serious challenges: the crew was in a state of exhaustion, the money was up, the furnishings exciting but worn and torn, and thorough redevelopment measures were required by the authorities. Some jazz enthusiasts from the circle of friends of a club called Cologne Jazz Supporters e.V. saw their chance and took over the club. Apart from some necessary and moderate modernizations, they have tried to maintain the original atmosphere of King Georg, while switching the emphasis to jazz, straight ahead, modern and more, as is suitable for a jazz club. The new idea for the program was to offer outstanding live concerts at least two times a week from Monday to Thursday, and on the ‘free’ days, gigs by talented young artists from the Cologne College of Music, free of charge for guests, and in addition, a varied program of literature and other genres of music on Fridays and Saturdays, followed by DJs starting at 11 pm. It takes a lot of courage to open a club six days a week, but the staff of King Georg can meet any challenge. To concentrate on jazz is a symbol of the connection between tradition and the present. The recipe is easy: the best entertainment at a historically anchored place for live music, culture, and danced-through nights, for all people who are eager to celebrate King Georg, the music, the super cocktails, and, as usual in Cologne, a little bit of themselves. As a club for artists, jazz lovers, night owls – and everyone who wants to join us.