e17 Festival- Sunday 20 Sep with major Liam Noble commission

E17 Jazz are announcing an all-day festival on Sunday 20th September.

The day will culminate in a world premiere, a major new commission for large jazz ensemble by Liam Noble, featuring, among others, that most musicianly singer, ‘Stow resident Brigitte Beraha (above).

The good news is that the hard-working and talented group of musicians led by Carlos Lopez-Real have secured a grant from various funders including Arts Council England. E17 Jazz is a Walthamstow-based, innovative, community-rooted group.

The afternoon and evening events take place a the Rose and Crown, 55 Hoe Street, a pub rapidly building a reputation…..No, that’s not a euphemism, a LondonJazz reader tells me it’s under fantastic new ownership…… as a theatre and music venue.

The day consists of
– a family workshop at Vestry House Museum run by Nick Tomalin
– free afternoon concerts – see full and impressive list below
-the evening concert

I can think of one other person who’ll be fiercely proud that E17 is getting put properly on London’s jazz map: like Liam Noble, John Dankworth was a ‘Stow boy.


e17 Jazz is delighted to announce its first one day one-day festival on Sunday 20 September, supported by a generous grant from Arts Council England. The e17 Jazz festival will be based at The Rose and Crown in Walthamstow, East London and includes the world premiere of a brand new commission by jazz pianist Liam Noble, free afternoon concerts open to everyone and lots more!

Carlos Lopez-Real, founder of e17 Jazz said:
“This is the first ever e17 jazz festival and, with it, we are aiming to make the very best in contemporary jazz available to as many people as possible. With four free daytime concerts and an evening premiere of some fantastic new music written especially for this festival by top pianist Liam Noble, there really is something for everyone.”

Liam Noble said “I’m very excited to be writing for this group of talented and creative musicians, and to be contributing to such a vibrant artistic community”

The festival’s highlight is a substantial new commission by Liam Noble, the top international jazz pianist. Liam has composed a suite of pieces for the premiere of the e17 jazz large ensemble for a special evening concert rounding off the day-long festival. The large ensemble’s evening concert also features new work by Carlos Lopez-Real, John Turville and Bob Dowell. The concert starts at 7:30pm, with tickets at just £8 (£5 concessions).

As well as the evening concert, the festival offers a program of free afternoon concerts throughout the day, featuring several bands from the collective – Brigitte Beraha trio, Dave Manington quartet, Jez Franks’ Compassionate Dictatorship and Nick Tomalin trio. Everyone is welcome to attend and try out some new music and this is a great opportunity to hear some of the UK’s hottest young bands for free.

There is also an educational side to the festival with a jazz workshop for children (age 6 and upwards) and their parents, run by Nick Tomalin. This will take place at the Vestry House Museum with tickets at £5 per child (ages 6 years and upwards) from 10am – 12:30pm. All workshop participants can attend the evening concert at the discounted price of £5.

The e17 Jazz festival takes place on 20 September at The Rose and Crown, 55 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4SA. The workshop takes place at the Vestry House Museum, Vestry Rd, Walthamstow, E17.

Tickets for the evening concert and the workshop can be reserved by emailing


e17 jazz was set up at the start of 2008 by saxophonist Carlos Lopez-Real, to galvanise the scene around the many top UK jazz musicians living locally. It runs as a mutually supportive collective with many musicians contributing to its day to day running. These include, among others, Brigitte Beraha, Dave Manington, Adam Bishop, Jez Franks, John Turville, Joe Auckland, Tori Freestone. Leading local players appearing at the gigs include Julian Siegel, Jonathan Gee and Tim Giles. As well as weekly gigs, e17 jazz has been involved in collaborations with local film clubs, Indian musicians, community groups and has run workshops. It has secured funding from The PRS Foundation, Jazz Services, Apex Arts and Arts Council England.


e17 Jazz large ensemble:

Saxes: Carlos Lopez-Real, Adam Bishop, Tori Freestone, Josh Kemp, Rachel Musson
Tpts: Joe Auckland, Robbie Robson, Gavin Broom
Vocal: Brigitte Beraha
Guitar: Jez Franks, Keys: John Turville, Bass: Dave Manington, Drums: Nick Smalley

Afternoon bands:

2pm Nick Tomalin trio (piano, with Dylan Howe on drums and Dominic Howles on bass)

3:15pm Brigitte Beraha trio (with Ivo Neame on keys and Joe Auckland on tpt)

4:30pm Dave Manington quartet (with Mark Hanslip on sax, Ivo Neame keys and Tim Giles drums)

5:45pm Jez Franks’ Compassionate Dictatorship (Jez on gtr, with Tori Freestone sax, Jasper Hoiby bass and James Maddren drums).

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