The London Jazz Festival is now in its 24th year and will feature more than 2000 artists across 300 gigs in more than 50 venues as the festival promises to once again deliver a mix of world class artists and emerging stars and takes jazz music to an ever expanding audience. It offers a mix of live music, workshops and talks across its 10 days of music festival.
We have picked a selection of three of the most exciting acts/events for those people who may not traditionally listen to jazz to check out.
The Robert Glasper Experiment
Robert Glasper is a Grammy Award winning pianist with a fluent style that draws on hip hop and soul and draws many similarities with his one time mentor, the late J Dilla. He has worked with Mos Def, Q-Tip, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Common, Jill Scott and Maxwell amongst other greats of the hip-hop and R&B world. He has cited Miles Davis as one of his major musical influences and served as musical supervisor, composer and arranger for 2015’s Miles Ahead biopic. Alongside drummer Mark Colenburg, bassist Derrick Hodge and saxophonist Casey Benjamin, Glasper perfoms in The Robert Glasper Experiment, an act that relish in challenging the concepts of what genres traditionally constitute. The group released their latest album ArtScience in September of this year and stepped away from the guest heavy approach previously used to create a funk and R&B infused, romantically charged pop – jazz record that has drawn universal praise.
Robert Glasper Experiment are playing at Koko, Camden 14 – 16 November.
Hackney Colliery Band
Hackney Colliery Band formed in 2011 and rose to prominence as a result of a number of covers of pop, rock and hip hop songs including ‘Heart Shaped Box’, ‘Africa’, ‘Money’ and ‘No Diggity’. They released their third album earlier this year to critical acclaim and have been credited with reinventing the brass band format for the 21st century. They played at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony and have had sets across BBC Radio and at the MOBO and Brit Awards, with their live sets credited for the energy and power the band bring to stage as well as the relaxed presence and sense of humour of frontman Steve Petty.
Hackney Colliery Band play Village Underground, Shoreditch 17 November.
Oddarrang / Slowly Rolling Camera
Finland’s Oddarrang channel the spirit of fellow Finn’s Sigur Ros and Bjork in their often ethereal compositions that combine jazz with classical and post rock influences through fluid, experimental compositions that are ideally suited to a live arena. Oddarrang will no doubt be playing parts of their latest album, Agartha, at the London Jazz Festival where they share the bill with Slowly Rolling Camera.
The UK’s Slowly Rolling Camera create imaginative compositions which fuse jazz, soul, trip hop and electronica with rich melodies and harmonies courtesy of lead singer Dionne Bennett and keyboards from group founder Dave Stapleton. The group follow a relatively traditional song format in spite of the cinematic scope of their compositions and draw comparison with Portishead and Massive Attack.
Oddarrang and Slowly Rolling Camera play London Rich Mix, Bethnal Green 18 November.
The EFG London Jazz Festival runs from Friday 11 – Sunday 20 November across London, offering a mix of free and ticketed events. Other acts performing include Madeleine Peyroux and London Jazz Orchestra.