Gig Guide


The Dark Keys Collective

The Dark Keys Collective is comprised of some of the UK’s most formidable musicians.  They will be making their group premier at this special concert at The Crypt.

With Larry Barley - Bass, Shaney Forbes - Drums, Jean Toussaint - Saxophones, and Jason Yarde - Saxophones, each member composes the nucleus of the band’s music, whilst the magic of their sound truly takes form in the process of improvisation during performance.

Commitment to pushing the boundaries of interaction and composition-adaptation is the collectives’ ethos.  Individually the members of The DKC have affiliation with some of the greatest musicians/artists globally, but in 2019 the group was able to finally come together to cultivate what is an undeniable unique sound. Be the first to hear them live in concert.


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Electronic Music Open Mic

Calling all electronic musicians whatever you play, whatever your style, come down.

Performers get 20mins each. Pre-book a slot by messaging Chewy Maddigan via the Facebook link below.

The crowd is always friendly and encouraging. Amazing projected visuals also provided to make a unique atmosphere.

FREE ENTRY. Doors and bar from 7.30pm.


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The Banger Factory

Mark Kavuma is a prominent young trumpet player on the British jazz scene, leading his own quartet, The Floor Rippers House Band, and his main outfit The Banger Factory. He also plays with Jean Toussaint’s Young Lions, Jazz Jamaica, Nu Civilisation Orchestra and is one of the brass leaders at London-based carnival band Kinetika Bloco.

The Banger Factory is an organisation contingent on bringing the people a good time. Born in the heart of Brixton, South London, the band have developed and nourished a truly unique and unmistakable sound, exploring original material, getting people moving, and featuring some of the most gifted, engaging and masterful musicians on the scene today.

Deschanel Gordon - piano, Will Cleasby - drums, Michael Shrimpling - bass, Mussinghi Brian Edwards - Tenor Sax & Mark Kavuma - trumpet

Kavuma and The Banger Factory will be performing music from their latest album 'The Banger Factory'

“Vibrant, energetic and eminently enjoyable. The playing, from some of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, is excellent throughout.” The Jazz Mann


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Trevor Mires - trombone, Ryan Quigley - trumpet, Paul Booth - saxes, Richard Bailey - drums, Andy Lafone - bass, John Crawford - piano, Dave Pattman - percussion

Ryan, Paul and Trevor were keen to record some original music, and teamed up with a bunch of friends, including Pianist Alex Wilson, and drummer Tristan Banks; they recorded over 2 days at Steve Winwood's legendary studio.

The result is an album's worth of new tunes in the latin jazz idiom. This concert is the the launch of that album.

Trevor Mires has been at the forefront of the London music scene for the last fourteen years. His performing credits are wide ranging. He has performed with, among others, George Benson, recorded and toured with multi-instrumentalist James Morrison, toured with Sam Rivers Big Band, Michel Le Grand, and recorded with Pat Metheny, Toots Theilmans and David Sanborn.

Ryan Quigley is one of the most in-demand lead and jazz trumpet players in the UK as well as a highly regarded composer, arranger and educator. Ryan has been involved in many projects involving musicians from around the world including Allan Bergman, The Bad Plus, Tim Garland, George Michael, Eddie Reader, and Justin Currie. He has also toured the world with bands such as Salsa Celtica, The Unusual Suspects, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, The RTE Concert Orchestra and The Irish National Symphony Orchestra. Ryan leads and writes for his own bands, quartet, quintet, sextet and big band.

From his early acclaim as a prize-winning saxophonist, Paul Booth has continually refined and expanded his talents as a solo artist, composer, arranger and bandleader, whilst establishing an elite reputation as a first-call sideman for major contemporary music artists. Paul has toured, performed & recorded around the world with Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Rod Stewart, Kylie Mingoue, Riverdance, Warren Haynes, Marti Pellow, Derek Trucks, Eddie Henderson, Geoffrey Keezer, Clarence Penn and Ingrid Jensen. He has worked with Incognito, Brand New Heavies, The BBC Big Band, Michael Janisch Quintet and the Ryan Quigley Quintet.

By the time Richard Bailey was sixteen he was recording and touring the UK and USA with Johnny Nash and the great Bob Marley. By eighteen he had recorded Jeff Beck's biggest selling album “Blow By Blow” (1975, Epic/Sony Japan) to critical acclaim and appeared on the film soundtrack “Tommy” alongside Pete Townsend, Phil Chen and Roger Daltrey. The next decade saw many recordings and tours varying in style from Rock to Reggae to Jazz to Pop and Latin including two world tours with Billy Ocean and Basia. Richard occupied the drumseat with the the excellent British acid jazz/rock/soul fusion collective “INCOGNITO” for the past 15 years.

Originally from Uruguay bass player Andy Lafone moved to London in the late 70's and has been here ever since. A leading light of the Latin American music scene in the UK and Europe he came to prominence in the late 80's and early 90's as part of the Jazz Dance/Acid Jazz scene and he has, since then, cemented a reputation as one of the most skilled and creative players on the Latin scene.

IMA nominated musician John Crawford was born in London of English/Spanish Parents. His father played Blues piano, and this is the first thing he learnt to play. He has performed 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 others. His 2012 release "Ulia River of Time" was nominated in the USA by the Independent Music Awards for best album in the Jazz category.

David Pattman is highly respected for his musicianship and knowledge of folkloric and popular Cuban music. David began his career playing drums and percussion with Django Bates, Tim Whitehead, Chucho Merchan’s Macondo and Loose Tubes. He was a founder member of many British salsa bands including; Valdez, El Sonido De Londres and La Clave. He was the percussionist for On Your Feet, the Emilio and Gloria Estefan musical at the London Coliseum and has been a regular deputy percussionist for the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London for the last twenty years. David has played or recorded with Jacob Collier, Paul McCartney, Omara Portuondo of the Buena Vista Social Club , Cachaito Lopez, Cubanismo, Anga Diaz, Roberto Plá, Snowboy, Django Bates, Alex Wilson, Slim Gailard, Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdez and Daniel Ponce. He has taught at Middlesex University, Royal College of Music, Goldsmiths College and Morley College.


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Maria Chiara Argirò meets Dugong

Maria Chiara Argirò, Michele Caiati, Nicolò Ricci, Andrea Di Biase & Riccardo Chiaberta

For this EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 concert, Maria Chiara Argirò will present the brand new compositions from her second album 'Hidden Seas' released in September 2019 featuring - especially for this occasion - Dugong, the up-and-coming band by some of the best musicians of the Italian jazz scene.

Maria Chiara Argirò is an Italian pianist, keyboard player and composer currently living in London. Argirò’s unique sound and departure from the traditional jazz idiom is beautifully reflected in her 2016 debut album The Fall Dance - a project featuring a fantastic line up of musicians creating vibrant collaborative music.

She has further developed her style of jazz with a twist of contemporary genres, influenced from her numerous tours with bands such as These New Puritans. She is currently involved with a variety of musical projects which include Liran Donin's 1000 Boats, Kinkajous, Teotima, Rosie Turton and Jamie Leeming.

Her most recent venture into electronic genres has helped create more expansive soundscapes which can be heard in Argirò’s second album as artistic director and composer 'Hidden Seas' released in September 2019 on Cavalo Records.

Dugong is an up-and-coming band by some of the best musicians of the Italian jazz scene. It was originally created in Milan by guitarist Michele Caiati and saxophonist Nicolò Ricci, but it was later expanded abroad to London based bassist Andrea Di Biase and drummer Riccardo Chiaberta.

They released their debut album “Miscommunication” in 2014 with critical acclaim and toured it extensively in Italy, Switzerland and UK.

They released their second album “The Big Other” in May 2018 with the prestigious Italian label Honolulu Records. The band has a very individual sound which draws inspiration from many genres of music, from alternative rock to modern jazz to contemporary classical music. In their last album Dugong experimented with different kinds of musical structures other than the usual jazz approach of theme, improvisation and final melody. They also worked on the potential of linear counterpoint, drawing inspiration from classical composers such as J. S. Bach and Frederic Chopin.


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Acoustic guitarist and composer Jonny Phillips brings his critically acclaimed six piece group Oriole back to life with a new set of musicians and tunes.

Guitarist and composer Jonny Phillip’s Oriole feature a unique set of musicians chosen for their musical openness, empathetic playing and ability to assimilate folkloric styles into a unified contemporary sound.

First formed in 2004 their members represent something of a F-IRE super group, albeit one whose sound is a million miles from the left-field jazz often associated with the groundbreaking collective of which they are associated.

Oriole’s first two albums Song for the Sleeping – 2005 and Migration 2006 were released to critical success, with elements of South American folklore, art rock and rich cinematic tapestries sitting together naturally. The combination of these elements is in part what makes Oriole’s sound so powerful and affecting.

Jonny is at the heart of Oriole, not only as composer and arranger, but also the guitarist quietly holding things together, the perfect foil to the outstanding frontline, Alam Nathoo (sax), and Mariona De Lamo (cello) and the formidably tight rhythm section of Marius Rodriguez(drums), Andy Hamil (bass) and Andres Ticino (percussion). Weaving his way between the two is Nick Ramm (piano).

On Oriole’s more recently released third album Every New Day you can almost feel the sun passing overhead as Oriole undertakes a musical journey through parched landscapes influenced by the Iberian peninsula, where their composer spent the last few years performing with Spanish, Portuguese and Cuban musicians.

This music is warm, not only in its Latin rhythms and alto tonalities but also in the musical interplay of these new and long-time musical friends who elevate Phillips gently luminous but compelling music to new heights.

If music could provide vitamin D, Oriole’s new sun-soaked sound would be packed full of it or as Jazzwise put it – “Like Polar Bear at carnival time”.

Guitar – Jonny Phillips, Sax – Alam Nathoo, Cello – Mariona De Lamo, Keys – Nick Ramm, Drums – Marius Rodrigues, Bass – Andy Hamil & Percussion – Andres Ticino


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Alina Bzhezhinska - Hip Harp

Alina Bzhezhinska- Harp/Electronics, Mikele MonTolli - Bass guitar, Nathaniel Tonez Fuller  - Drums, With Special guests Tony Kofi - Saxophone & Vimala Rowe - Vocal

On her return to EFG LJF, Bzhezhinska showcases her original compositions and works of jazz legends Alice Coltrane, Dorothy Ashby, McCoy Tyner and Pharoah Sanders. She  creates a unique musical fusion by marrying the contemporary harp style with free jazz, afro-beat and elements of acid jazz. With Tony Kofi’s sizzling solos, Vimala Rowe’s soulful voice and a strong support of the rhythm section this programme is not one to be missed.

Internationally renowned harpist Alina Bzhezhinska first stormed the UK music scene in 2017 when her quartet featured alongside the legendary Pharoah Sanders. A performance that nominated her for Jazz FM’s Best Live Experience of the Year. After winning the PRS Women Make Music Award Bzhezhinska produced her critically acclaimed album, Inspiration (Ubuntu Music), backed by award winner saxophonist Tony Kofi, bassist Larry Bartley and drummer Joel Prime.

Her ensembles, HipHarpCollective and Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet have performed at Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and WOMADalaide Festival, Australia. Her collaborative work has included artists as Kamaal Williams, The Third Orchestra, Shabaka Hutchings, Georgia Mancio and Django Bates.

“…Bzhezhinska – an artist to watch.” Evening Standard


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