Gig Guide

15Nov
2018

Jam at The Crypt

'Jam at The Crypt' led by the very talented Arnaud Guichard returns on Thursday 15th November.

The house band features some of London's finest with Jamie Murray on drums, Daisy George on bass and Will Barry on piano. The house band play a short first set of original music and standards followed in the second set by the jam session open to all musicians.

Free Entry. Doors open at 8pm, first set starts at 8.30pm.

These sessions are proving popular therefore do come along early if you want to play. All abilities welcome. If you just want to come along to listen and take in the vibe, you are very welcome to do that too.

16Nov
2018

Where Pathways Meet

For the opening of our short season of EFG London Jazz Festival concerts we welcome back 'Where Pathways Meet'.

Led by Axel Kaner-Lidstrom and James Mollison, Where Pathways Meet are carving out their own sound through the fusing of transcendental Sun Ra inspired music with the melting pot of London's dance music tradition.

In 2017 they released their debut EP 'Arrival', recorded live capturing the joy and wild energy of the music, as well as the connection created with their audience.

"Go see them live and let their sonic spiritual awakenings sooth your soul. You won't regret it." - Lonely Table

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17Nov
2018

Son Yambu

Our second EFG London Jazz Festival concert features . . .

Son Yambu - red-hot rhythms straight from the streets of Eastern Cuba.

Son Yambu play authentic 'Son Cubano' or Cuban son - the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music.

Formed in 2011, Son Yambu features a new generation of musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997. Since their debut album 'La Maravilla' was released to rave reviews (**** Songlines, The Evening Standard) at the end of 2012, Son Yambu have gone from strength to strength. Performing at the world famous Glastonbury Festival, The Manchester Jazz Festival, The Cheltenham Music Festival, The Shetland Folk Festival, The Africa Oye Festival, The Cork Jazz Festival, The Edinburgh Mela, The Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo - to name but a few!

With a hugely successful Arts Council Tours of England in 2016 and 2017, a recent live session for Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' and a new album currently being recorded, the future looks bright indeed.

"La Maravilla sees the band playing son Cubano much as they would in Santiago De Cuba, all spicy rhythms and tight horns . . . " David Honigman, Financial Times

"The UK's very own Buena Vista band . . . absolutely tremendous . . . if you don't start to move to this there is no hope for you! Extraordinary music." Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

"Most of the band members hail from Cuba, the birthplace of Cuban son . . . and have the effortless musicianship that comes from being to the manor born . . . a set infused with rhythm changes and infectious melodies and grooves. Son Yambu is the best band playing Cuban son." - Jane Cornwell. Songlines / Homegrown

Dunia Correa - Lead Vocals, Frank Portuondo Ortiz -Tres / Backing Vocals, Javier Fioramonti - Bass / Backing Vocals, Toby Herschmann - Percussion / Backing Vocals, Rene 'Menique' Savigne - Congas / Backing Vocals, Alberto 'Muziquito' Savigne - Trumpet / Backing Vocals.

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23Nov
2018

John Law's "Re-Creations"

Our final EFG London Jazz Festival concert for this year features John Law's "Re-Creations."

Known mainly for his Congregation, playing his own original compositions, mixing jazz, and electronics, as well as classical projects, John Law has put together a stunning new group of young musicians, playing his arrangements of other people's tunes.

In a move away from electronics to this purely acoustic group, Re-Creations present music not just from the standard jazz repertoire but also tunes from pop and indie material (Beatles, Radiohead,Adele, Daft Punk). John Law has created a band which plays highly accessible melodic music and recognised tunes in extremely creative and interactive arrangements, simple and complex, with an emphasis on spontaneous interaction in a group of highly versatile young musicians.

John Law - piano, Sam Crockatt - saxophones, James Agg - bass, Billy Weir - Drums.

"One of the UK's most imaginative and versatile jazz pianists"- International Piano Magazine, 2014

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24Nov
2018

Afrocentrics

Afro funk 7 piece group The Afroncentrics create original music from the sounds and rhythms of the African Diaspora fusing afrobeat, funk, reggae, jazz, gospel, salsa and club grooves together in a remarkable way.

Kayode Adeniran (bass), Ego Ajala (vocals), Francis Ovie (keys), Segun Idowu (rhythm guitar), Charles Shittu (Lead guitar), Jon Onanbowu (drums) and Femi Osinaike (saxes).

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30Nov
2018

Guido Spannocchi Quintet

The saxophonist Guido Spannocchi is back at The Crypt with his exciting new five piece group consisting of Ralph Wyld on vibraphone, Joe Boyle on double bass, Yusuf Ahmed on drums and Leo Komazawa on percussion with Linus Bewley as special guest on tenor saxophone.

Among various standards by the great Eric Dolphy and the fantastic John Coltrane in unconventional arrangements the group will also present original material. Spanning from traditional Japanese percussion to classical vibraphone interspersed with hard bop and swing this quintet embraces the traditions of our modern world and global context we live in. A true love letter to the metropolis of London

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07Dec
2018

The Daisy George Trio

The Daisy George Trio is a fresh new trio featuring three of London's rising jazz stars.

With a modern compositional take on the original jazz piano trio, DGT combines strong bass driven motifs, deep grooves and evocative melodies. Influences include Shai Maestro, Avishai Cohen and Phronesis.

Daisy George - Bass/Compositions, Will Barry - Piano, Jay Davis - Drums

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14Dec
2018

Filomena Campus Quartet

The world-touring Filomena Campus Quartet present highly creative jazz sets of "beautifully stylish original song" - as described by JazzUK. Award winning vocalist, lyricist and theatre director Filomena Campus fuses jazz with theatre, literature and poetry, drawing inspiration from a variety of influences such as the Commedia dell'Arte, Theatre of the Absurd and her native Sardinia. With her warm stage presence, fluid middle range and fearless improvisations, she knows how to bring out the sun.

Campus leads the quartet featuring Steve Lodder on piano, Dudley Phillips on double bass and electric bass, and Rod Youngs on drums, performing internationally, with recent performances in Jordan, Marocco, Qatar, Thailand and Italy.

The quartet's new project 'Queen Mab' explores the female side of jazz through the character of Mab, a fairy referred to in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, where "she is the fairies' midwife, who helps sleepers 'give birth' to their dreams. Campus compares Mab to the Mediterranean myths of the 'Dea Madre' (Goddess Mather) and the Janas (Sardinian legendary fairies) linking her Mediterranean roots to contemporary jazz with an electronic twist.

'Campus is a highly musical singer' - The Telegraph

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21Dec
2018

Klaus Bru 4+

Klaus Bru: C-Saxophones, James Kitchman: Guitar, Mike de Souza: Guitar, VI Guitarbass, & Jamie Murray: Drums

After last year's sold-out show of his Elastic Standards project, C-saxophonist Klaus Bru returns to the Crypt with a brand new group of high-calibre UK jazz talent presenting his original compositions. The quartet is plausibly titled 4+ (the + stands for enhanced quality!), and features Bru's unique saxophone playing drawing from Jazz as well as the folk music of the world, Jamie Murray's deft and energetic drumming, and the likes of two outstanding guitarists, James Kitchman and Mike de Souza, both leaders with distinct musical voices and proficient skills in a variety of musical styles. All the members of this group will be well known to the Crypt audiences as they've all played here with their own projects over the past 12 months.

TThe music, all written by Klaus, oscillates between ballads with hum-along melodies and insistent, unrelenting rhythms in metres odd and uneven. This, and a world in between: picture-evoking, cinematic music, atmospheric, yet organised musical freedom, chord progressions going unexpected places, + an astonishing array of electronic sounds far beyond the scope of the average Jazz combo.

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