Soho Live Jazz Week 2021
Soho Live Jazz Week will feature over 100 jazz artists through 17 shows at 10 venues
Last updated on September 14, 2021
From September 15-17, 2021, iconic Soho venues come together to celebrate London’s freshest jazz festival, Soho Live Jazz Week.
For 3 days, artists including the internationally renowned violinist Omar Puente, the singer winner of the Jazz FM Award Cherise and the superb saxophonist Denys Baptiste.
Buy your tickets here and find out more about the program below …
Programming of Soho Live Jazz Week 2021:
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 15
JMT Modern Jazz Trio, Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St. 6:30 p.m.
A modern jazz fusion trio led by the emerging talent of British drummer Jamie Murray. Jamie has performed with most of his contemporaries and peers in the London jazz scene and has entered the world of electronic pop, performing and recording with jazz giants Sun Ra Arkestra, Knoel Scott and Cecil Brooks. His original project demonstrates his talents as a virtuoso drummer through an eclectic mix of jazz groove and electronic soundscapes.
Omar Puente: A Night in Havana, Balans Soho No.60, Old Compton St. 7 p.m.
Internationally renowned Cuban violinist & Conductor, Omar Puente brings the Latin flavors of Havana to Balans! Since arriving in England in 1997, Omar has maintained an international profile, performing throughout Europe, the United States and Africa, with musicians such as Tito Puente, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland and Courtney Pine.
Portrait of Bud Powell with Andrea Rinciari, The Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St. 7pm
Bud Powell was not only one of the greatest bebop pianists of all time, he is also one of the most dynamic and adventurous musical minds of the twentieth century. Andrea Rinciari, accomplished jazz guitarist and rising talent, presents us with a portrait of one of his greatest influences, performing guitar versions of Bud’s classic repertoire accompanied by his trio of stars.
Nick Costley-White Trio, Spice of Life, Moor St. 8 p.m.
Known for a thorough understanding of jazz tradition and repertoire, as well as for virtuoso technique and a progressive approach to improvisation, Nick has built a reputation over the past 10 years as one of the jazz guitarists UK’s most accomplished and featured on over 20 recordings to date. , including the debut album by his critically acclaimed quartet “Detour Ahead”.
Anjelo Let’s say & The Oracle, Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St. 9 p.m.
Anjelo is a talent brimming with heart and soul and his jazz-tinged vocal style has been praised by Clash Magazine and Lost Culture. Backed by a sensational collective of musicians called The Oracle, Anjelo presents his highly anticipated new EP, The Garden, a phenomenal blend of his unique voice. & virtuoso live group that really shows the best of this young talent.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 16
Cheeky Chops with James Browne, The Green Bar, Hotel Café Royal, Regent St. 6.30pm
London’s stride piano king James Browne hosts jazz night & blues with his trio of stars performing rare sounds like Bechet, Ellington, Fats & Django at the Green Bar of the legendary Hôtel Café Royal.
Soho Live All Stars feat. Eerf Evil, Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St. 6:30 p.m.
Music Director of Soho Live & pianist Nathan Britton presents his new EP, Island of The Bards with his star group and hosts an eclectic NuJazz jam with special guest MC Eerf Evil, one of the UK’s top jazz-rap talent. With Benet Mclean (violin / fx), Andy Davies (trumpet), Ollie Hopkins (bass), Jamie Murray (drums) & Jansen Santana (percussion).
Cherise, Le Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St. 8 p.m.
Cherise Adams-Burnett is leading the way as a fiercely talented singer and musician, performing at some of the country’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including the Royal Albert Hall. Cherise was named Vocalist of the Year by Jazz FM in 2019 and the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2020 and now as part of Soho Live Jazz Week, Cherise now offers an intimate and stripped down performance at the festival home at Piano Bar Soho.
Swing Cocktail with Riketté Genesis, Martinez, Greek St. 7pm
A charismatic singer, Rikette Genesis recently released her EP, Busy Line, which highlights her traditional influences of gypsy jazz and swing. Now, as part of Soho Live Jazz Week, Rikette returns to Soho alongside virtuoso pianist Liam ‘Fox Cub’ Stevens and a special guest bassist to perform the repertoire of Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald .
Kings of Bebop with Andy Davies, Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St. 9pm
Ronnie Scott’s All Star Andy Davies Hosts Eye-catching Originals Explosion Night & reworked jazz classics showing off his wild bebop skills and world-class trumpet mastery. The album features a cast of award-winning musicians, including Tony Kofi (saxophone), Nathan Britton (piano), Mikele Montolli (double bass) & Saleem Raman (drums).
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17
Ain’t Misbehavin with Liam Stevens, The Green Bar, Hotel Café Royal, Regent St. 6.30pm
Liam ‘Foxcub’ Stevens presents an evening of bebop and virtuoso swing with his music performed by favorite musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Tubby Hayes and Art Tatum. This resident of the Piano Bar never disappoints, offering a very high level of quality, passion and musicality in his performances. Join Liam and his trio of stars at the legendary Green Bar at Hotel Cafe Royal.
The Olly Chalk Trio, The Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St. 6.30pm
Olly Chalk is one of the most avant-garde and engaging young improvisers in jazz today. His trio, with Tom Dring on bass and Gwilym Jones on drums, focus on interweaving Olly’s complex and explosive improvisation. The influence of Wayne Shorter, Kenny Kirkland and 20th century classical music can be heard throughout the trio’s exploration of some lesser-known standards.
Ronnie Scott and his world famous jazz club**, Musical documentary film premiere with directors reception The Soho Hotel, Richmond Mews 6:30 p.m. **
An exclusive cinematic premiere of the blockbuster 2020 documentary, a celebration of the legacy of Ronnie Scott and his world-renowned jazz club, with new and never-before-seen performances as well as interviews with some of music’s most iconic figures with Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Roland Kirk, Buddy Rich, Oscar Peterson and Nina Simone to name a few. This special screening at Soho Hotel includes a reception in the hotel’s colorful drawing room with director “Oliver Murray” presenting the film accompanied by a live performance by jazz trio The Soho Live All-Stars, playing music inspired by the soundtrack.
Mo Pleasure Band, Sanctum Soho, rue Warwick 7 p.m.
Morris “Mo” Pleasure’s professional career spans the world of American R&B and pop, through his work with Ray Charles, George Duke, Chaka Khan, Mary J Blige, Natalie Cole, David Foster and Bette Midler to name a few. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire. In 2009, as the keyboardist on Michael Jackson’s highly anticipated “This Is It” tour, he performed at the pop legend’s memorial concert in Los Angeles.
Pure imagination with Kitty LaRoar Century Club, Shaftesbury Avenue. 8 p.m.
Originally inspired by Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Kitty La Roar’s unique talents are not just a silky-voiced singer, scat singer, and drummer. The trio perform very original arrangements by Kitty and her pianist Nick Shankland and although the genre is clearly jazz, this unpredictable and eclectic music enters and engages audiences. “When Kitty sings, the music stops to listen” – Jazz in Europe.
Aydenne Simone and the Big Mama Trio Le Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St. 8 p.m.
Nicknamed the Queen of Swing, Aydenne Simone is an established jazz singer specializing in jazz and blues. As one of the UK’s top blues singers, the powerful international singer continues to impress audiences with her energetic performances and sensual, deep velvet tones.
Quintet Blue with Denys Baptiste Sanctum Soho, Warwick St. 9 p.m.
Pianist Alex Webb leads this group with two of the UK’s greatest jazz improvisers at the forefront: tenor saxophonist Denys Baptiste and guitarist Nigel Price. Together they celebrate blues and swing jazz of the 50s and 60s, with a repertoire of pieces by Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Ahmad Jamal and others, as well as more recent works from Charlie Haden’s West Quartet. Quintet Blue is complemented by two young lions from the British scene, bassist Mikele Montoli and drummer Shaney Forbes from Empirical.