Gig Guide


Jam at The Crypt

'Jam at The Crypt' led by the very talented Arnaud Guichard returns on Thursday 25th October.

The house band features some of London's finest with Corrie Dick 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 8.45pm.

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.


John Crawford Quintet

John Crawford (piano), Guillermo Hill (guitar), Richard Sadler (bass), Simon Pearson (drums), Andres Ticino (percussion).

Acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger John Crawford's quintet returns to Jazzlive at The Crypt to present material from his second album Times and Tides.

In an evening of music influenced by Latin American and Spanish flamenco rhythms, and inspired by music from all the continents. A journey taking the audience through original compositions, and arrangements of tunes by Tom Jobim, Paco de Lucia, Salif Keita, and Pat Metheny among others, the evening also includes music from Crawford's 2012 Independent Music Awards-nominated debut album Ulia River of Time.

Born in London of English/Spanish parents, John Crawford was introduced to blues and South American folk during his childhood. He went on to work with Latin Jazz legends such as Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Ed Motta, and Tito Allen to name a few, with appearances at Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Getxo Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the 606 club, and Royal Albert Hall amongst other venues. His collaborations with UK Jazz artists on stage and in the recording studio include Guida da Palma and Jazzinho, Tina May, Ola Onabule, Jason Yarde, Grupo X (of which he was a founder member).


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Juliet Kelly, Yazz Ahmed and Naadia Sheriff Trio

Juliet Kelly (vocals), Yazz Ahmed (trumpet), Naadia Sheriff (piano).

Juliet Kelly is one of UK jazz's hidden treasures. Gifted with a beautiful, expressive voice, she is also a talented, highly original songwriter who draws on a diverse set of influences and has performed with the likes of Courtney Pine, Seb Rochford and Talvin Singh.

Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Yazz Ahmed is a gifted performer who draws inspiration from her love of post-bop jazz and her Middle Eastern heritage.

A Graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in both Classical and Jazz piano, Naadia Sheriff is a highly respected performer, teacher and musical director.

In this new project, the trio will explore standards and more from their diverse and varied perspectives.

"The nuanced warmth of Kelly's rich, full voice is streets ahead of most of her contemporaries." BBC Music Magazine

'Ahmed has a true tone and spins long lines over complex, self-penned structures." Financial Times


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Robert Mitchell & Omar Puente - (plus special guest!)

Robert Mitchell - Piano, Omar Puente - Violin, plus special guest!

Omar and Robert span a huge range of influences and experiences that link African, Carribean, Classical and Jazz stylings amongst other. They have performed with Chucho Valdez, Fela Kuti, Nigel Kennedy and Steve Coleman amongst so many more.

Omar is a world-renowned violinist, had a number of the greatest Latin musicians as teachers, has released a new album recently on his own label and has traded violin genius onstage with Nigel Kennedy.

Robert has released nine albums and had his work played by Grammy winners The Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.

The Crypt was the first venue to host Omar and Robert's duo that then went on to play around the world and had a tv program exclusively feature them in Cuba.

'Expect the fire and spirit that link these musicians determined to share the transcendent in music....'


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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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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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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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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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Guido Spannocchi Quintet

The saxophonist Guido Spannocchi is back at The Crypt with his exciting new five piece group consisting of James Larter 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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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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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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