JEZ NELSON previews an evening (Saturday March 2nd) when two bands from the Loop Collective – Tom Challenger’s Brass Mask and Fofoulah a band from the Chaos Collective – the Laura Jurd Quartet. The late night DJ set from 11pm to 2am is from Soundspecies DJ Oliver Keen .
The rule of three states that things that come in trios are inherently more fun, satisfying and perfect. Well I don’t know about perfect but this is one hell of a triple bill.
I’ve seen all of these bands recently, and each offers a window on the explosion of British jazz talent we’re lucky to be witnessing right now.
Laura Jurd’s compositional skills are way beyond her years and she’s a skilled and impassioned trumpet player to boot. Her blend of chamber and jazz influences is a glorious thing.
Tom Challenger is well named – each of his projects seems to challenge the form and refuse to be constrained by rules or tradition. Brass Mask is a brave brass (and percussion) collective boasting some of my fave horn players of the day – George Crowley, Rory Simmons and Tom himself.
I saw Fofoulah just last night at my Jazz In The Round night and again was blown away by what is a really special group. Their tunes are based on West African praise song and built around the extraordinary communication of the Sabar drums – but at times the ensemble manage to reach moments of groove based trance, a little like the Master Drummers Of Joujouka. Biram Seck has a voice that will woo and wow you. Oh and this is a dance band – the perfect way to end your night.
Saturday 2nd March @ The Vortex
8pm to 2am
£12/10, then free after 11pm The Vortex Jazz Club 11 Gillett Square London N16 8AZ