Tag: Jazz

London Jazz Art Group AlaskAlaska With Groove Laden Video For Bitter Winter

ALASKALASKA is an art-pop 6 piece from London. They make beautiful, groove-laden music that seamlessly blends jazz, disco, funk and R&B into a bold and playful sound uniquely their own; synthetic beats play alongside live drums, delayed guitars and swirling saxophones to create something musically rich and delightfully intricate. Band leader and vocalist Lucinda twists brooding and introspective lyrics, maybe akin to the words of Arthur Russell, into infectious melodies reminiscent of Warpaint, Dirty Projectors or Talk Talk, which demand repeat listens and could as easily soundtrack a wistful evening alone as they could a party. They’ve built a...

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Live: The Robert Glasper Experience @ Somerset House

‘Our gigs are open air and go ahead come rain or shine’ is a statement on the Somerset House website and the recent heatwave that blessed the UK ended abruptly, bringing the kind of rain that told you it was here to stay. This run of thirteen concerts of the Summer Series saw the Grammy winning composer, keyboard player and record producer Robert Glasper bring his “Experience” to the live stage. He is known for creating some of the most influential music of recent times. He has worked with an array of talented musicians and scored the soundtrack for the movie Miles Ahead, documenting the...

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Live: Vieux Farka Touré @ Howard Assembly Room

Every year, Opera North in Leeds hosts a very well curated selection of artists and this week was no different, with an enchanting and magical performance by Vieux Farka Touré. Having been a massive fan of Ali Farka Touré, Vieux’s late father, and seeing Vieux perform at the 2010 Fifa World Cup Opening Ceremony in South Africa, he has been on top of my list of musicians that I have wanted to see for a while. Naturally, I was not going to pass up the opportunity to see him live. Arriving at the Howard Assembly Room, I was surprised...

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Interview: YolanDa Brown, Vinyl Music With a Crackle.

It’s merely a few days before YolanDa Brown’s performance at London’s Barbican, where she’ll officially close her Reggae Love Songs tour with a bang. As her social media will testify, the award-winning British saxophonist has been rather occupied in the past few weeks, featuring in major British newspapers and participating in a number of press and radio interviews alongside rehearsals. Yet, she answers my questions as if it’s the first interview undertaken and takes it in her stride; being multifarious appears to be in her nature. The British saxophonist, composer and double MOBO winner has been on an upward...

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Live Review: Madeleine Peyroux @ Cheltenham Jazz

The Cheltenham Jazz festival celebrates its 17th year, nestled on the outskirts of the Cotswold’s this majestic town provides a platform for International acts encompassing the disciplines of Jazz, Blues, Gospel and all things creative. Covered by the BBC, there is an air of musical quality about the place, accompanied by the delicious aroma of varied cuisines from the surrounding food stalls. Of course, there is the traditional West Country cider, but be warned that if you drink too much Henry Weston’s 8% Proof it invites the brain to engage the voice box and causes the average Joe to...

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