Lance Ferguson talks spiritual jazz, Roy Ayers and recording the album ‘They Shall Inherit’ from his brand new Menagerie project.
Chances are if you’ve ever ventured west to catch the weekly live music ritual that is Jazz Re:freshed, you may have come across this Sunday’s special guest Richard Spaven. A firm favourite among the Portobello Road massive, Richard has provided drum breaks over the years for many artists who’ve passed through the hallowed Mau Mau doors, and in the process has cemented his rep as one of London’s most talented drummers…
Cambridge / London based keyboard player Tom O’Grady has already achieved a hell of a lot since he decided to concentrate on music full-time some time ago. Having already graced the stage at a number of prestigious UK venues, including the infamous London Jazz Cafe and the IndigO2 arena, as well as getting a festival under his belt with a performance at The Big Chill, it’s hard to believe that this man isn’t on some sort of mission to conquer the world by 2015! But chatting to him, it soon becomes clear that his passion lies in his playing. Ably assisted by a grounded personality and the ability to notate and play nearly all music he listens to, the opportunities he’s earned so far have been due to his talent as a musician first, not the people he knows. As such we’re pleased to welcome Tom to Floripa this coming
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
Way back in February last year, we wrote this post about a vocalist that had caught her ear. Ever since we’ve been trying to track her down to ask her to do a live show at The Jazz Meet. Well, this Sunday we’re happy to report that it’s finally going to happen! After a few successful spots where we’ve invited singers down to Floripa, we start our new series of ‘vocalist sessions’ this weekend with the imitable Liz Elensky fronting the Jazz Meet Band for an evening of soulful jazz music. If you’re familiar with the work of Emanative (championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Michael Ruetten, Ennio Styles… and us!), then you would have already come across her voice in some shape or form. If not, then please read on to discover why we’re so excited to have her perform… ———- ———- Morning Liz. To kick things off,