Featuring Will Bartlett (keys), Jon Cox (bass) and Pat Davey (drums). This project came about from their shared passion for Brazilian music. Urubu will be presenting all kinds of songs from all over Brazil, from rootsy old school sambas to baiao and xote from the north east as well as more modern choices from the likes of Jobim, Chico Buarque and Joyce - hidden gems and reworkings of old classics. They formed for the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival. As Mishka is based in Argentina for 6 months of the year, this is a rare chance to hear this exciting collaboration, full of songs and grooves.
Paying homage to the Blue Note recordings of the 60's era, guitar prodigy Artie Zaitz leads a quartet of London's most grooving, swinging musicians in a Hammond organ based band, playing his original blues-drenched tunes as well as arrangements of latin and soul jazz classics. The lineup features organ wizard Ross Stanley, jazz-scene favourite Steve Brown on drums, and veteran of the Latin scene Dave Pattman on congas in a boogaloo extravaganza.
Since moving to London in 2006, Filipina/British singer Mishka Adams has released 4 albums with British jazz label Candid Records, graduated with a Masters in Jazz Vocals from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and built a name for herself as a singer, guitarist and percussionist on the London Jazz and Samba scenes. She has toured the UK extensively and performed on stages such as Pizza Express Jazz Club, The Royal Albert Hall, The Vortex (where she ran a monthly residency for two years), The Barbican and 606 Jazz Club among others.
She plays a mixture of music from all over South America as well as her own soulful, lyrical originals and is always collaborating with musicians from different musical backgrounds - most recently she released a duo album with renowned Argentinian Guitarist/Singer Beto Caletti, 'Puentes Invisibles'. This album is the fruit of a transatlantic collaboration between London and Buenos Aires. The duo has its musical roots firmly planted in South America's Afro-Latin rhythmic traditions, and their compositions emerge from this melting pot of rhythms, taking the listener on a journey through South America in four diverse languages - Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Tagalog (Filipino). The combination of guitar, handheld percussion and intricate vocal harmonies bring an intimate experience of story and song, tradition and innovation, and love across continents. Her previous album features educator, musician, composer and arranger Pete Churchill - an album called Stories to Tell. The album features compositions written by Pete Churchill and performed by a remarkable band: Mishka Adams on lead vocals, Pete on piano and vocals, Mark Lockheart on saxophone, Adriano Adewale on percussion, and Ben Barritt on guitar and vocals.
Jon is one of Mishka's oldest musical collaborators, having headlined the Philippine Internation Jazz festival together with Ivo Neame in 2000. Jon has worked with Gwilym Simcock, Ed Sheeran and everyone who fills the narrow space in between.
Will Bartlett. Joyous, invigorating .. typically fluent and absorbing (Ian Mann)
Has worked with Salena Jones and pianist MD, as well as Jim Mullen, Stan Sulzmann, Tony Kofi, Norma Winstone, Nelson Riddle orchestra.
Davey is a busy presence behind the kit, his drumming brightly detailed, supple and inventive (Ian Mann) Has worked with Soweto Kinch, Tongue Fu, Nigel Price, Rory Simmons.
A well balanced and highly democratic unit who bring a contemporary slant to the jazz organ combo. An absorbing album that delivers some excellent playing from all three protagonists - www.thejazzmann.com
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