Thu 17.10.19

Ezra Collective

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Spiritual jazz meets afrobeat meets hiphop approved by Gilles Peterson

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Ever since AB celebrated the 100th anniversary of the very first jazz album with a tsunami of successful jazz concerts (under the banner JAZZ 100) in 2017, our love of the genre has only increased. We have already presented a number of unique jazz scene reports with the focus on London (from Shabaka Hutchings via Kamaal Williams to Nubya Garcia), Manchester (from GoGo Penguin to Matthew Halsall), Chicago (from Makaya McCraven to Ben LaMar Gay) and, of course, Belgium (from BeraadGeslagen via Steiger to Glass Museum).

‘The Rebirth of Jazz’ is a fact. Jazz continues to reinvent itself, the stream of interesting releases is now unstoppable, and the genre attracts a notably young audience. All good reasons to commit to jazz this fall, with concerts by Theon Cross, Angel Bat Dawid, Oscar Jerome, Ezra Collective, TaxiWars, Joe-Armon Jones, Ill Considered, Sarathy Korwar and Nérija (with members of KOKOROKO, SEED Ensemble, …).

We first saw Ezra Collective shine on the compilation ‘We Out Here’ that was released last year. It presented the crème de la crème of the current London jazz scene under the auspices of Shabaka Hutchings. Their mix of spiritual jazz, afrobeat and hip-hop stood right out and can be further appreciated on their debut ‘You Can’t Steal My Joy’, where you can hear glorious collaborations involving the likes of Loyle Carner, KOKOROKO and Jorja Smith.

Line up:

Femi Koleoso - Drums 
TJ Koleoso - Bass 
Joe Armon Jones - Keys 
Dylan Jones - Trumpet 
James Mollison – Saxophone

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In the press ‘Thrilling and vital.’ (Q)
‘The sound of London in 2019.’ (The Times)
‘British rave-jazz.’ (The Observer)
AB fun fact Ezra Collective first played at AB in 2018! Doing so right away for a sold-out AB Club.


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