One of our finest young ensembles to be born of Tomorrow’s Warriors is the fantastic Afrobeat-inspired Ezra who won the Best Jazz Ensemble prize at this year’s Music For Youth National Festival, earning them a place at MFY’s grand finale at:
Royal Albert Hall, LONDON
12.00pm Music For Youth Junior Ignite
7.00pm Music for Youth Schools Prom
Artistic Director Gary Crosby celebrates Charles Mingus in this year’s London Jazz Festival curating two shows in tribute to this great double bassist, and a pre-concert talk on the role of the double bass in jazz.
5.30pm-6.30pm The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Tomorrow’s Warriors also take on the classic repertoire of Charles Mingus, including Open Letter to Duke and the hard-hitting Better Git It In Your Soul. They’re joined by vocalist Cherise Adams-Burnett in a series of songs influenced by Mingus, including Joni Mitchell’s standout version of Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.
6.30pm-7.15pm The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Pre-concert talk illuminating the role and history of the bass in jazz with Gary Crosby, Peter Ind and Dave Green, hosted by Kevin LeGendre
Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
+ Lords Of The Lower Frequency
The Nu Civilisation Orchestra celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of a jazz masterpiece. Described by Mingus himself as ethnic folk-dance music, Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is a roller-coaster ride through ‘typically haunting bluesiness, dancing vivacity and moments of Andalucian heat’ (Q). Three generations of double bass maestros play the opening set, with Artistic Director, Gary Crosby joined by the evergreen Peter Ind and Dave Green.
Coming up next month….