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So after our opening month in March at our new venue Floripa in Old Street EC2, we return for another five events in April bringing live jazz 5pm-12am every Sunday. In April, our resident live jazz band led by Jessica Lauren (Freestyle Records) and Jake Telford (OK_MA) will be playing four of the dates, bringing their own unique brand of dance floor friendly soul jazz to the floor. With a special Easter event lined up for April 8th you can also expect a few of our famous friends to drop in too (edit: Ms Heidi Vogel is now confirmed!). On Sunday April 22nd, we welcome the prodiguous talent Al Scott to our main stage. Heavily influenced by the master Bill Evans and fresh from releasing his debut LP ‘Introducing The Al Scott Trio’ late last year, the young musician brings his trio to play a rare set of piano-driven jazz.
Now the dust has settled on our first guest band session at our new venue Floripa, it’s time to reflect. Thanks to everyone who managed to drop in on last Sunday’s gig, it really was so good to see so many friendly faces and of course new faces for what was a great day of live jazz in the heart of East London. So far the new venue is working out well with improved space for the live acts, reasonably priced drinks (not to mention awesome cocktails) and the most divine Sunday Roast we’ve ever tasted (Brazilian no less!). So for the moment we’d like to show everyone who’s supported us at the first two events a lot of LOVE, as running a weekly live night in the current climate is by no means an easy feat. Looking back at Sunday, we were blessed to welcome Jazzman Records’ own Greg Foat
In the first of a new series of brief exchanges with some of Britain’s up and coming and established contemporary jazz musicians, we sit down with British pianist, arranger and jazz composer Greg Foat for a quick discussion about his forthcoming second album for Jazzman Records. Here’s what he had to say…
Jazz Meet resident Jarred Rice supplies the goods this week with another selection of jazz-fuelled wonders. We kick things off with something new and noteworthy from the Jessica Lauren Four and the bluesy ‘I Believe’ followed by another track from the soon to be reissued Azanyah LP on Jazzman Records. We head deeper into spiritual jazz territory with MaseQua Myers & Jami Ayinde’s ‘Black Land of The Nile’ and Doug Carn’s ‘Power and Glory’ featuring the powerful vocals of his then very talented missus, Jean. Maxine Weldon gives us ‘Chilly Wind’ before we revisit the Carmen Lundy classic ‘Lamp is Low’. 2bo4 drop their own version of Carlos Garnett’s ‘Banks of the Nile’ and we round things off with a trio of tracks from Air, Patsy Gallant and finally, Jimmy Cobb. Jarred is DJing alongside fellow resident Rob Coley and special guest Blast Kid the Jazz Kid this coming Sunday