Xhosa Cole (Stanley Arts, Norwood, Int. Jazz Day, 30 April) – London Jazz News

“I think people can underestimate the capacity that this music has to transform you emotionally and spiritually. We take that task and that job very seriously.” Xhosa Cole. Among the London gigs due to take place on International Jazz Day this year is a concert by a fine instrumentalist with a rapidly growing profile, at … Read more

Jazz Suites by Jarek Śmietana (Jazz Cafe POSK, 23 April) – London Jazz News

Violinist/composer/arranger Alicja Śmietana has prepared a very special concert program to celebrate the life and music of her late father, one of the legends of Polish jazz, guitarist Jarek Śmietana (1951-2013). With her on stage at Jazz Cafe POSK on Saturday 23 April will be a top-flight UK trio: James Pearson on piano, Jeremy Brown … Read more

Ryan McCaffrey (Cong-Fusion album ‘The World As We Know It’ – CLF Art Lounge 15 April) – London Jazz News

Jazz-funk fusion seven-piece Cong-Fusion’s debut album The World As We Know It is brimming with musical inspirations from Afro-Cuban music, jazz, funk and soul, with deep personal reflections on family, bullying, alcohol, and the experience of travel, conveying an urgent ecological message. Composer and bandleader Ryan McCaffrey looks forward to the band’s forthcoming gig at … Read more

Anna Ferrer (vocalist from Menorca, The Pheasantry, 6 April) – London Jazz News

“I love it deeply, I need it, I need to leave it… and to come back crying because I had forgotten that nowhere do I feel as centered as when I am in Menorca.” Anna Ferrer is a singer whose repertoire and musical personality are deeply involved and enmeshed with the island where she was … Read more

Gov’t Mule Announces Deluxe Version of ‘Heavy Load Blues’ Out April 1st

Photo: Gov’t Mule by Jay Sansone Gov’t Mule Announces Deluxe Version of ‘Heavy Load Blues’To be Released Digitally on April 1stListen to New Single “Hiding Place”Spring US Headlining Tour Starts April 6th “Heavy jam legends Gov’t Mule lay bare their roots on Heavy Load Bluesresulting in one of the most satisfying albums of the year.” … Read more

MIUAWGA (Make It Up As We Go Along) Ensemble, Dir. Laura Jurd, RNCM, 1 April 2022 – London Jazz News

Bassist/composer Steve Berry has strong views about improvisation – “a core skill and human right that no musician should be denied” – and his new project at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester does exactly what it says on the tin. Berry was a founder member of Loose Tubes. Now an influential … Read more