The EFG London Jazz Festival is announcing a free summer event for Saturday 31 August 2019, at Royal Albert Docks. The full press release states:“This summer, the EFG London Jazz Festival expands its horizons with the first-ever outdoor event in its history, bringing fresh sounds, new discoveries, entertaining participatory events, and a creative use of the landscape in London’s Royal Docks.This one-day event is free to the public and to people of all ages. It is a delightful taster of the festival with eclectic sounds, family-friendly activities and workshops.The EFG London Jazz Festival Summer Stage features performances by Kinetika Bloco, a unique new British carnival sound with influences from the Caribbean, Brazil, and West and Southern Africa. Also on the line-up: New Orleans jazz, funk and hip-hop, and performances and workshops by young vocal collective, Urban Flames.This exciting event will be part of Join the Docks, a brand-new summer festival packed full of over 150 events including music, theatre, performances, exhibitions, workshops and fun days for all to enjoy all across London’s historic Royal Docks. From July to September come and explore the water, parks and arts venues of this part of east London. Many events are free. Join the Docks this summer and discover something different.In addition to the Summer Stage, we welcome Royal Albert Dock into our fold to become one of the 60+ venues hosting jazz during our November EFG London Jazz Festival 2019. Watch this space to see what we bring to East London later this year.In a first for EFG London Jazz Festival, we are putting on a free, outdoor event in the heat of summer next month, bringing together East London communities and jazz fans ahead of our November Festival.
Moshe Zehavi of the Turbans at Wilderness Festival (publicity photo supplied)
THE TURBANSClosing the day-long celebrations are The Turbans, binding together music from ‘manywhere’. They ignite audiences with the bacchanalian spirit of the Eastern Mediterranean and their sonically huge, visually arresting performances never fail to get crowds moving. Drawing on the rich cultural heritage of both the Levantine and Balkan regions, they create original music for the 21st century, inspired by ancient melodies. (ON VIDEO)KEFAYAKefaya are an eclectic group of immigrants, travellers and international artists finding common ground between global folk traditions, all with a cutting-edge, modern sound. The Best Newcomer Songlines Music Award winners have gained a reputation for their virtuosic and mesmerising live shows and release new Bella Union album Songs Of Our Mothers later this year; a fresh, vibrant take on Afghan folk music filtered through spiritual jazz, dub, Indian classical music and electronica. (ON VIDEO)CAMILLA GEORGEJoining Kefaya is MOBO-nominated saxophonist Camilla George. Rising through the ranks of Tomorrow’s Warriors, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica and Courtney Pine’s Venus Warriors band, she was also one of our Take Five artists – Serious’ flagship talent development scheme for emerging jazz musicians. Her African roots and Caribbean ancestry shine through in a mix of jazz, calypso, afrobeat and hard bop with both precision and playfulness. (ON VIDEO)KINETIKA BLOCOThe exuberant performance group Kinetika Bloco bring their mix of brass, woodwind, percussion, dance and costumes, bringing influences from the Caribbean, Brazil, West and Southern Africa, New Orleans jazz, funk and hip hop to East London. (ON VIDEO)URBAN FLAMESVocal collective Urban Flames showcase young, rising talent straight from the development programmes at Urban Development; a Serious partner based in East London that supports the emerging artists of underground music in the UK. The voices within this large ensemble are far scoping; from gospel to soul, RnB to hip hop and more, with an inspiring catalogue of original material.” (ON SOUNDCLOUD)
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DETAILS:Saturday 31 August 2019, 12.00 pm–7.30 pmLocation: RAD London, Royal Albert Dock, E16 2YPTransport: DLR station Beckton ParkLINK: EFG London Jazz Festival Summer Stage at the Royal Docks website