To say London based saxophonist, composer and arranger Cath Roberts has been busy of late is a bit of an understatement. While studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she graduated with an MMus in Jazz Performance in 2011, she became a core member of the much celebrated Hackney Colliery Band, championed by the likes of DJs Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Huey Morgan and of course Dom Servini (whose label Wah Wah 45s ultimately signed the band and put their debut album out!). The loose aesthetic of combining hip hop grooves within a live ensemble of marching drums, six horns and a sousaphone made the band a popular choice on the live circuit and many of the tracks Cath penned and arranged for the group became firm festival favourites. Now focusing solely on her own projects, we are happy to bring to The Jazz Meet stage Cath and her
Jazz Meet resident Rob Coley steps back behind the boards to showcase some of his latest finds on a contemporary tip. We ease into the 50 minute journey with a beautifully penned tribute to Bill Evans from Darin Wilson, before young pianist Samuel Yirga brings us the Ethio-jazz flavoured ‘Tiwista’. The tempo increases slightly with Mike Hobart’s Urban Jazz Collective’s ‘The Vista’ and the Latin jazz of César’s Salad’s ‘Bahamas Soulfood Corner’, before further exotic flourishes come courtesy of The Shaolin Afronauts and Roberto Fonseca (Havana Cultura). The young Canterbury quartet The Boot Lagoon bring us a delicious slice of funky jazz rock, and this Sunday’s guests at The Jazz Meet Live at Floripa in Shoreditch, Cath Roberts’ Quadraceratops drop in and share ‘Bumble Bee Collision’, a track from their new Live EP (available here). Finally we round things off with two great vocal tracks given the remix treatment and
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This week’s jazz mix comes from Norwegian born cratedigger, DJ, label entrepreneur and current Finnish resident Fredrik Lavik. In his spare time he runs the most excellent Afro7 blog, which focuses on spreading the word of great music from Kenya and the East Africa region. He is also an avid jazz collector and here he supplies us with a stellar guest mix of strictly jazz singles. An assortment of styles, Frederik kicks things off with a rare 45 from The Hippest Set and follows it up with a little Eddie Gale and a Blue Note favourite from Donald Byrd. Next up we have vocalese from Eddie Jefferson and his version of ‘Freedom Jazz Dance’ and further tracks from The Jack Quigley Trio, Ken Jensen and Howard McGee. There’s fiery jazz funk from flautist Sam Most, killer dancefloor jazz from Music Inc & CBA Ensemble and funky fusion from Starcrost before
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