So with May just around the corner, let’s take a quick look back at some of April’s highlights at Floripa. We welcomed performers Heidi Vogel and Al Scott onto the Jazz Meet stage for two brilliant guest gigs and the house band continued to wow the crowds with some seriously killer sessions (particularly now we’ve welcomed our boy Francesco Mendolia back into the fold on drums!). We’ve got more surprises up our sleeve for May but before then let’s dip into a few of those videos… The Jazz Meet Band, April 1st… The Jazz Meet Band and special guest Heidi Vogel and Dudu Marques on drums revisit ‘Mas Que Nada’, April 8th… The Al Scott Trio supply ‘Northern Smiles’, April 22nd… But video of the month has to go to photographer and film maker Irven Lewis who dropped in on April 15th and filmed this tantalising black and white short.
Since we first pricked our ears to the release of his début album ‘Introducing the Al Scott Trio’ late last year, we’ve wanted to find out a bit more about Al Scott, the young piano/keyboard player from Stockport (and now resident of North London). Alongside Henry Gilbert (double Bass) and Marco Quarantotto (drums), Al has slowly been making a name for himself with his trio, appearing live at West London’s seminal jazz re:freshed sessions and Jazz Moods Live upstairs at Brixton’s Ritzy Picturehouse, as well as performing at many other venues around the city in the past year. Ahead of his début at The Jazz Meet this coming Sunday and for the second of our ‘In Brief’ interview series, we took the opportunity to sit down with him and delve further into what makes him tick, why he chose the piano and why the great Bill Evans continues to be such
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.