Stricken 100 Club hosts Jazz/Poetry Superjam on Thursday 7th October

Michael Horovitz's annual jazz/poetry Superjam could be the last in its spiritual home - the legendary 100 Club, as the venue's owner Jeff Horton has announced it may close by Christmas.

The 100 Club opened as a jazz club in 1942 under the ownership of Victor Feldman's family - Feldman appear on drums on its opening night at the age of 8 years old. Humphrey Lyttelton's management took over the running of the club in the 1950s and it played host to legions of homegrown and American jazz and blues and greats including Louis Armstrong and Big Bill Broonzy.

In the 1970s, the club became famous as an early home of Punk bands like the Clash and the Sex Pistols. As a result, the club is today revered equally in jazz, blues and rock circles, while in the meantime rates and rents for its prime Oxford Street location have soared leaving Horton, owner since 1985, to consider the unthinkable - "In 1985, when I took over, the rent was barely £11,000 In the US the rents are frozen at certain venues that have a bit of heritage. Here it's a total free-for-all." He added: "What the 100 Club needs is a buyer or major sponsor to step forward. Barring that, we're closing at Christmas despite being as popular as ever. It really is insane."

Show your support for the club by visiting its campaign headquarters - and in the meantime enjoy the varied programme Michael Horovitz has put together for National Poetry Day:

Gwyneth Herbert; the William Blake Klezmatrix band; the Annie Whitehead Whitstable World Music Workshop Band; the New Departures Dynasty band including Ian Smith tpt, Martin Davison clt, Annie on tbn/vocals, Peter Lemer piano et al; John Hegley; Adam & Michael Horovitz; Niall McDevitt; Molly & Sophie Parkin; Hank Wangford; Fran Landesman and a number of other Special Guests tbc.

Tickets £10 at the door from 7.15pm