London Jazz Platform 2017 – Ten Artists and Counting!

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Something really cool and new is coming to London in June 2017.

Writer Sammy Stein was recently on the Jazz Bites Radio show and was asked if there were any ambitions, any burning things Sammy would like to do. The reply was, ‘ put on a jazz festival showcasing UK and nearby jazz acts.’  To cut a long story short, Jazz Bites offered sponsorship, Sammy had the contacts and connections and found the amazing Brewhouse venue in London Fields and the London Jazz Platform was born. It takes place on 18th June this year and features 10 class acts – maybe more, spread across the day from 2pm until late.

The London Jazz Platform is an event to showcase UK and nearby jazz, with stellar acts gracing the stage with jazz across genres.

The line up includes: Kitty LaRoar and Nick Shankland – this duo have played across the world in locations including Dubai, Singapore and of course, London. They bring to the event their own special mix of standards and own material, delivered in a sumptuous combination of vocals and piano.

David Dower and Matt Fisher – Their debut album The Frog The Fish and The Whale received great reviews and David and Matt brings their quirky, inimitable style to the London Jazz Platform.

Colin Webster – Colin is a free playing saxophone player who plays regularly in many London and UK venues.  His style is unique and he hits home with his excellent freeform style. He has played with many of the UK greats and released albums on Raw Tonk and other labels.

Tom Harrison – A saxophone player whose album ‘ Unfolding In Tempo’ made huge waves in the music field. he has toured extensively and played with such luminaries as Cleveland Watkis and his own Tom Harrison Quintet.

Marco Marconi – an Italian jazz pianist based in London, Marco is increasingly popular in Europe, the US and across the UK. He plays regularly in London and his music gains extensive air play. he has released albums both as a solo artist and with his trio on the influential 33 jazz record label.

Gg is a vocalist with an individual take on music and her original compositions receive critical acclaim. She has released EPs, CDs and a vinyl release ‘Invisible Ink’  and is a vocalist in demand. She brings to the London Jazz Platform her own inimitable style along with  some superb musicians.

Simon Lasky is a jazz pianist whose  album ‘ Story Inside’ proved very successful and gained Simon a whole new following. Simon’s compositions have received much praise and he brings to the London Jazz Platform a range of delightful sounds.

Lars Fiil is a Danish pianist and composer currently residing in Copenhagen, Denmark. He released his first album as a leader in 2011, when the album Lars Fiil Quartet “Reconsideration” came out. It received great reviews and was nominated for a Danish Music Award. Lars Fiil Quartet also won the prestigious competition Young Jazz in 2010. His latest album ‘ Everything Is A Translation ‘ has received reviews in several music columns and Lars is definitely a force in jazz music and we are delighted he has made the trip across t the UK especially for this event.

John Russell needs little introduction as a jazz guitarist. He is known across the globe as one of the best improvisers around and regularly appears at venues across Europe and London. He plays regularly with legendary players like Evan Parker and remains one of the most popular musicians today.

John Edwards is already a legendary bass player. He combines rock and jazz and pushes bass playing beyond the limitations of lesser players.  With a line up like this, tickets will sell out fast but also incredibly exciting is the development of a New York sister event to enable a more free flowing bridge of UK and US players from NYC to London.

Paul Jolly – bass clarinet and saxophone player – member of the renowned People Band and has played with most of the current jazz luminaries. He is bringing surprises and his own brand of stalwart playing to this event.

Curator Sammy Stein is a well known and popular jazz journalist and a senior writer for JazzinEurope as well as contributor to several major columns. Sammy’s articles have also been published in magazines including Record Collector, The Lady, Essentials, the People’s Friend, Environment Times  and many others including  London Jazz, Something Else reviews, All About Jazz and Kind of Jazz. Her book ‘ All That’s Jazz’ is on Tomahawk Press and is her fourth book to date. She has been described by musicians as the ‘go to’ jazz writer and reviewer.  Known as a maverick and free form advocate Sammy promotes jazz music of many kinds and is a favourite among musicians. Sammy has been on BBC3 Jazz on3 and also appeared on Jazz Bites radio- sponsors of this event  based in the US but supportive of Jazz in all its forms and they are pleased to be part of this amazing event.

Location: The Brewhouse, 369 & 370 Helmsley Place,
London, E8 3SB. Phone: 020 7241 5995

Closest station is London Fields Overground – 2 minutes walk from the venue. Closest tube Bethnal Green

Set in a fabulous archway setting this promises to be a day of great company and superb music.

Tickets are available now:

Sponsor: Jazz Bites Radio 



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More information/articles on the artists:

Lars Fiil

David Dower

Marco Marconi 

Colin Webster

Kitty LaRoar


John Russell

Simon Lasky

John Edwards

Tom Harrison

Paul Jolly




Last modified: July 15, 2018