Gig Guide

19July
2019

Lokkhi Terra

Kishon Khan - keys, Javier Camilo - Percussion / lead vocals, Jimmy Martine - Bass, Justin Thurgur - trombone, Aanon Siddiqua - lead vocals and Tansay Omar - Drums

From the Mela's of Bangladesh to the streets of Havana via some districts in Lagos and on to a bustling club in London. This is what is giving London it's new accent. Described by Songlines as "probably the world's best Afrobeat-Cuban-Bangladeshi group, The band have been tearing up the rule book ever since their critically acclaimed release "No Visa Required" in 2010, performing all over the world, and consistently breaking musical boundaries.

This project was conceived in Cuba where, whilst studying there, Kishon Khan noticed a synergy between the rumba on the streets of Havana and baul music in the mela's of Bangladesh. This strange connection would make more sense back in London, where different communities hang out together - learning and sharing their different musical heritages. The result is Lokkhi Terra.

The band line up boasts a team full of band-leaders - all session players renowned for their authentic playing of different world traditions, but who tend to choose a more contemporary route when focusing on their own projects. Between them they have played with the likes of - Hugh Masakela, Tony Allen, Changuito, Ibrahim Ferrer, Jazz Jamaica, Bjork, Kylie Minogue, Galiano, James Taylor Quartet, Bellowhead, Giles Peterson's Havana Cultura, Kyle Eastwood, Cornell Campbell, Johhny Clarke, Orchestra Imperial, Dele Sosimi to name a very few. Their music has been used in 2 international films - The Last Thakur (Channel 4) and Everywhere and Nowhere (Arena), and radio play has been extensive (from Radio 1 Gilles Peterson to World Multiples in New York).

"Stunning Headliners... a majestic multi-acultural blend of sounds, effortlessly builds bridges between rolling Indian raga rhythms, Afro-Cuban grooves, Acid jazz/funk and free flowing improvisation" Timeout London

"Awesome Cross-Cultural collaboration" London jazz review of Womad 2015

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26July
2019

Mishka Adams' Urubu

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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02Aug
2019

Giuliano Pereira Quartet

Giuliano Pereira - sax, Thomas Galliano - drums, Sam Watts - piano, Mateus Nova - bass.

Like many contemporary improvising musicians, saxophonist Giuliano Pereira is the archetypal global citizen. He left his native Brazil in the late 90s, resided in New York and Madrid before finally settling in London in 2009. He has also performed in Canada, Portugal, Angola, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bulgaria, Bahrain and Sweden.

In Brazil, he trained at the Carlos de Campos de Tatui. In addition to this formal musical education, Pereira began to perform and record studio sessions, exploring and developing his own style. In 1997 he moved to in New York where he pursued intensive studies with the saxophone virtuoso Dave Liebman.

After returning to Brazil where he continued to play with and arrange for numerous jazz artists, Pereira headed to Europe. He settled in Madrid in 2007 and began collaborating with acclaimed artists such as The Spanish National Jazz Orchestra and Jorge Pardo, known first and foremost for his work with flamenco legend Paco De Lucia and jazz great Chick Corea.

His debut album, INNER SPACE, a collection of songs about experiences of life, meditation and human connections was recorded at Eastcote Studios (London) with Ivo Neame (piano), Gili Lopes (bass), Emiliano Caroselli (drums) and Guille Hill (guitar).

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09Aug
2019

Brad Shepik

One of New York's finest guitarists, Brad Shepik makes a rare visit to the UK this August. He leads his UK Trio with two of the UK's most in-demand musicians - James Maddren on drums and Calum Gourlay on bass.

Raised in Seattle (where he studied with the legendary guitarist and composer Ralph Towner) and resident in New York City since 1990, Brad Shepik has led groups at most of the major American and European festivals and clubs. His sideman credits extend to over 70 recordings and include influential collaborations with Paul Motian (Electric Bebop Band), Dave Douglas (Tiny Bell Trio), Charlie Haden (Liberation Music Orchestra), Joey Baron, Jochen Rueckert and Mark Turner.

An in-demand musician, Brad's current projects include Rambler (with Chris Cheek and Ben Monder), the Brad Shepik Organ Trio (with Gary Versace and Mark Ferber), Jamie Baum's Septet+, The Balkan Peppers and many others.

In addition to his talents as a performer and composer, he is much in demand as a teacher and is a long-standing professor on New York University's jazz programme, where his influence is heard in a number of rising talents on the American jazz scene.

"A thoughtful composer and sensitive player player with a keen ear for harmony and rhythmic nuance" - Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

"Shepik's got the mind of a pioneer. The rhythmic complexity of his compositions has few parallels in jazz or any other genre, for that matter. With all his exotic influences, and all his different axes, he makes us rethink what it means to be a guitarist and a musician. There's no telling where he'll go next." - allaboutjazz

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16Aug
2019

Jen Kearney Quartet

Jen Kearney - vocals & keyboards, Davide Mantovani - bass, Davide Giovannini - drums, and Johnny Heyes - guitar.

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Jen Kearney has spent some time seasoning her particular style of original music. Her latest album, "Age of Blame" is truly an amalgam of musical styles including soul, R&B, funk, rock, and Latin and was just named one of the top 10 soul albums in 2018 by Echoes Magazine.

Kearney has recorded and released six studio albums and has done session work on many other projects. She has toured both as a solo act and with a full band. She recently recorded and toured with the UK's premier Latin Jazz group, Snowboy and the Latin Section and has also shared the stage with Los Lobos, Daryl Hall, Mavis Staples, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, The Derek Trucks Band and more.

"This is jazz, this is funk, this is soul. It was impossible not to move to this music. Kearney's lyrics are thoughtful, meaningful, mature. Reminiscent of Stevie Wonder, and there are hints of George Benson in her music at times. Kearney is a revelation." - (Nigel Stone, Link 2 Wales, Live review of Jen Kearney/Snowboy and the Latin Section Performance)

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23Aug
2019

Tony Remy and Friends

Tony Remy - guitar, Nick Cohen - bass, Noel Mckoy - voice, Anders Olinder - keys and Frank Tontoh - drums

Tony Remy has been a mainstay on the international jazz and funk scene for over 30 years. His musical CV is extensive and continues to grow since he first came onto the scene, playing alongside renowned UK flautist Philip Bent. Since then Annie Lennox, Craig David, Pee Wee Ellis, Steps Ahead, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Fred Wesley, Steve Williamson, The Crusaders, John Toussaint, Jack Bruce (Cream), Bluey (Incognito), Jason Rebello and Sarah Jane Morris.

One of the world's most exciting guitar players of any genre. His hard-edged rhythmically driven approach is enriched with jazz intuition and bluesy soul. He has an ability to adapt to many styles of music setting him apart from most other guitarists. These are the principle reason why Tony's name is consistently near the top of the 'must have' list. Ask why they call him and the answer will always be the same - "Tony Remy delivers!"

He has released several great albums under his own name too, capturing his own hard-edged, rhythmically driven approach, which is rich with jazz, blues and fusion influences. Live on stage, his relentless invention and incredile raw energy can set the crowd on fire.

"One of our premier fusion guitarists . . . A killer lead player who slips easily from impassioned blues to funk" - Time Out.

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