Highgate Jazz With Soul Festival. The Old Crown, Highgate. Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September. (Preview by Fran Hardcastle.)
This weekend sees the inaugural Highgate Jazz and Soul Festival. In days of cuts to jazz funding, it is always cheering to find musicians supporting other musicians and creating new jazz treats for audiences.
A quick glance at the programme shows plenty of home grown favourites at a bargain ticket price. There are a dozen gigs plus jam sessions.
Saturday’s highlights include an early bird special from Alex Garnett with Steve Fishwick and a solo show from wit and voice extraordinaire, Liane Carroll.
On Sunday, the Next Generation are bound to capture attention. Must see of the whole weekend will be Tim Lapthorn Trio with the Navarra String Quartet. Curator and host of the festival,Brandon Allen will also be livening things up with his Double Whiskey Amnesia.
Tickets also include an exhibition by painter Jamie Boyd.
Saturday 24th September
1.30pm Alex Garnett/Steve Fishwick Quintet
3pm Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet
4.30pm Abigail Boyd Quartet plus guests
6pm Liane Carroll (solo)
7.30pm Michael Mwenso feat. Leon Greening
9pm Double Whiskey Amnesia (upstairs- Funky Club Night!)
11pm-1am Jam session
Sunday 25th September
1.30pm Allison Neale Quartet
3pm Pete King Quartet (upstairs)
4.30pm Next Generation feat. Oneke Tebbs, Ruben Fox, Tyrone Isaac-Stuart and Mark Kavuma!
5.30pm Tim Lapthorn Trio with the Navarra String Quartet (upstairs)
6.45pm Trevor Mires/Tom White Group
7.45pm/8pm The Brandon Allen Sextet feat. Nigel Hitchcock and Mark Nightingale (upstairs)
9.15pm-10.30pm End of festival jam session.
Tickets on 0207 281 7608 / facebook.com/Highgatejazzwithsoulfestival