Five acts to see at the Brick Lane Jazz Festival | Features
It is international jazz day in just over a week, and there’s no better way to kick off the celebrations than by heading out this weekend to see some live music in a city teeming with jazz talent.
The Brick Lane Jazz Festival kicks off this weekend with a bang, scheduled at five venues in Brick Lane for three days this weekend, and it features a selection of artists who are among the biggest waves today on London’s vibrant jazz scene. Here are five must-see artist picks this weekend – we’ll see you there!
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Saturday, 1 p.m., Rough Trade East
As a musician, collaborator, songwriter and bandleader, Theon Cross has worked tirelessly to pursue a unique, yet completely open musical vision. He also expanded the possibilities of his instrument of choice – the humble tuba – with his 2019 debut ‘Fyah’, an exhilarating fusion of post-bop jazz and club culture hewn from the streets of London and beyond. .
We had him join Clash Magazine last month for an intimate live session at Metropolis Studios, and we promise it was amazing, so we’re really excited for this performance. Don’t miss him playing Rough Trade East for free on Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m.
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Saturday, 8 p.m., Werkhaus
The broken rhythm never really had its due, but it remains the best kept secret of London’s vibrant clubbing and jazz culture.
One of the most exciting proponents of the BRUK sound is WheelUP, who will be stopping by Werkhaus to bring their high-energy grooves and showcase some of the music from their excellent ‘Good Love’ album; you’ll need to bring your dancing shoes to this one and be sure to grab a ticket before they sell out.
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Blue Lab Beats
Saturday 23, Werkhaus at 10 p.m.
After WheelUP at Werkhaus, Blue Lab Beats are Clash’s favourite. For the jazztronica duo, all genre lines are blurred – we recently named their latest album Motherland Journey as one of our top 25 albums of 2022; describing it as “filled with stellar peaks; their broadest statement yet and an album that stands out as an inspired musical mosaic. Their live show will certainly be just as varied and inspiring.
If you want even more of the duo, Blue Lab Beats also sent us a killer DJ mix in our Clash mix series – check it now.
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Friday, 8 p.m., Werkhaus
If you’re looking for music outside the usual jazz paradigms, look no further than Fehda. Truly operating in her own way, the Dublin-based producer delivers a vital mix of electronic beats, soul and Afrofuturism, sung in both English and Krio.
Her music is also personal, with a recent single dedicated as a battle cry for her young nieces. It’s music that’s brimming with creativity and influences from around the world, but also feels right on its own.
Watch her perform at Werkhaus at 8 p.m.
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Sunday, 3 p.m., Juju’s Bar Stage
Tanhai might be the youngest group on this list, but they might also be the most promising. The six Brixton-based musicians mix serious jamming with a soulful, dubby vibe, and put on a hugely well-received performance at Cross The Tracks last year.
They look set to put on an even better festival this summer and are sure to have plenty of new music in store – with a free entry gig on the Juju Bar Stage on Sunday 24th April at 3pm, there no excuse not to check them out. and get a quick preview of what to expect.
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Words: Louis Torracinta
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