Reviewer and author Sammy Stein is curating a one day festival showcasing UK based Jazz talent and beyond. Sponsored by Jazz Bites Radio who are based in the US, Sammy asked musicians she wanted to play at the event and luckily they all said ‘yes’. Tickets are now on sale for those who want to come and the event promises to be hugely enjoyable.
About the event – Sammy decided fairly early on that she wanted to firstly offer an opportunity for people to come and see/hear stellar musicians all in one place, a range of style, ages, musical influences and above all that the event should be accessible. Hence the setting in the heart of London, easily reached by tube and overground. The setting itself is wonderful, a railway arch with patio areas outside and the vibe is really good. The venue have been very supportive as they too want to engage more and more people with the jazz genre in all its guises.
The acts are a mix of short sets , each half an hour long and there are duos, soloists, quartets, a big 9 piece combo and variations on these , some of which might just materialise on the day later on. There is rarely an opportunity for people to see so many different acts in one place and for the musicians there is rarely the chance to play and then see other acts. Also coming are radio stations, magazines, photographers and writers so it promises to be a great day with many different people all connected by a passion for jazz. There is enough variation that people interested in jazz or curious about it can enjoy and get a taste of the different ways the music is played. Every act is successfully gigging and recording so the quality will be superb.
Sammy comments, “the support and cooperation from everyone has been overwhelming at times. When I found myself curating this event, which came about when Jazz Bites offered to sponsor me after I answered a question about any dreams I had on air, I did not realise how much work was involved. However, what I also had not bargained for was how people come and take little bits which they can do and together this has helped a lot. I have had musicians familiar with festivals go through the day with me over a meal and offer good advice, I have had support from the venue and radio stations promoting it and sometimes, when the stress is a little high I have simply had an email arrive saying, ‘ you are doing really well, keep going, it is going to be amazing’.
The event will also offer opportunities for young people to become involved. The stage manager, doorman, merchandising stall and other parts of the event will be run by young people who have an interest in music and it will give them the opportunity to put their toes in the water and make connections. Volunteer experienced people have come in and offered to give them support on the day which is really good. Another benefit is that money will be raised for cancer research. Sammy comments, ‘ I lost a very close friend to cancer just before Christmas and wanted to do something positive so using some of the money raised at the event will hopefully help others with this terrible disease. I am honouring my friend and she would have loved the fact money is being raised at a jazz event as she knew I love the music.”
“The quality of the line up is truly superb and what was lovely was that I initially had 10 acts booked and then Paul Jolly of 33JazzRecords and The People Band sent me an email saying he would like to play. I had not asked him because he had given me such a lot of time with reading chapters of my book before publication and general support but I knew his playing and was really pleased. Then, Carmela Rappazzo contacted me from the US and said she had got sponsorship to fly over, stay and sing at the event. She is well known in New Orleans and New York so you can imagine how pleased I was. Then, a bit of a blow when David Dower, who was meant to play had visa trouble as he is Australian but Deelee Dube – who won the Sarah Vaughan International jazz vocals award – said she would be pleased to step in so, sad as I was to lose David I was over the moon to get Deelee. It really feels like this event is going to be special and very different. I have managed to keep the ticket prices down as well and offer ones for afternoon, evening or all day sessions which means the event is very accessible.”
John Russell needs little introduction as a jazz guitarist. One of the key instigators of Mopomoso – the event which encourages musicians across the genre- John 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. At the London Jazz Platform John will play a solo session and it promises to be amazing.
John Edwards is a legendary bass player. The ‘go to’ bass player as he was described on radio 4 recently, he combines rock and jazz and pushes bass playing beyond what is precieved. John is coming to the London jazz Platform and delivering a solo session at the event.
Kitty LaRoar Quartet: this duo of Nick Shankland and Kitty La roar are wellknown andhave had successul CDs. They regularly play across London and further afield. Here they are joined by Ed Jones onsax and David Mantovani on violin.
Lars Fiils - Lars flies across from Copenhagen to join us for the event. Together with Julie Kjaer on saxophone and flute and Bjorn Heeboll on drums, Lars will bring his free styling jazz and improvisational delights to this event. His recent album ‘ Everything is a Translation’ recieved great reviews and he will be an absolute delight..
Colin Webster – Colin needs little introduction to those familiar with London’s jazz scene. He plays saxophone with combos and as a solo player 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 who has sold out Ronnie’s and many other venues. His album ‘ Unfolding In Tempo’ made a massive impact and gained 5 star reviews. 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. His debut album Nordik recieved great reviews and his ne Cd ‘Trialogue’ is getting him noticed by many. He plays regularly in the UK and has played in Europe.
Gg is a story teller insong and here sheplays withher larger band featuring trumpet player Kenny Wellington and sax player David Daptiste and 6 other musicians. Gg brings to the London Jazz Platform her own inimitable style along with some superb musicians.
Simon Lasky bring his band The Simon Lasky Group to the London Jazz Platform and we ar pleased to have him play. His debut album ‘Story Inside’ gained Simon many followers and he regularly takes partin concerts across the UK..
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. At The London Jazz Platform he willplay with piano/accordion player Mike Adcock.
Deelee Dube – Jazz vocalist who won the Sarah Vaughan International award for Jazz vocalist in 2016, Deelee is well established in the UK. Shebrings her own brand of style to grace the stage at The London Jazz Platform.
Carmela Rappazzo – Carmela sings in New York and New Orleans and is one of the key jazz vocalists in the US. Her recordings, combo work and solo performances has received wide ranging and ecstatic reviews and she comes to the London Jazz Platform with full sponsorship from her supporters who consider her talent important enough to warrant showing off to the rest of the world. London Jazz Platform is delighted to welcome this talented vocalist.
Fiona Ross – Fiona attended the prestigious Arts Educational School in London. Fiona’s career has taken her all over the musical map. She has worked as a musical director, session musician, composer, choreographer, director, dancer, actor, and model. At the age of fourteen, she lied about her age and talked her way into gigging on weekends in jazz clubs throughout London. Fiona Ross was Head of British Academy of New Music, London, for nearly nine years, where she was responsible for the training of Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Jess Glynne, to name a few.
Sammy Stein, curator is a well known, popular jazz journalist and a senior writer for JazzinEurope as well as contributor to several major columns. Her book ‘ All That’s Jazz’ is due out on Tomahawk Press and has already been described as, ‘the book jazz has been waiting for’. Sammy’s articles have 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. She has been described by musicians as the ‘go to’ jazz writer and reviewer. Known for being a little maverick Sammy promotes jazz music of many kinds and is a favourite among musicians. Sammy has been on BBC3 Jazz on 3 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.
So free or straight, solo or combos, the London Jazz Platform is a day for those familiar with jazz or those seeking to find out more. Couple that with a great location and amazing company. What more could you ask for?
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.
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