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Soho.Live Jazz Week – 15 – 17 September

10 venues in Soho, more than 100 jazz artists and 17 shows: Soho.Live Jazz Week returns on 15 September, writes Izzy Blankfield

This year’s lineup for Soho.Live Jazz Week (see full listing below) sees a host of familiar names sharing the stage with a new wave of jazz stars. As Nathan Britton explained to us:

“Our idea is to take an eclectic approach to London’s vibrant jazz scene and jam culture . We love the new but also appreciate the heritage and those who champion it,”

Venues include Balans, The Piano Bar Soho and The Spice of Life, as well as some of Soho’s exclusive members clubs, including Jack Solomons Club and Martinez.

The festival opens with the JMT Modern Jazz Trio, led by rising drummer talent Jamie Murray. The same night will see a soulful performance by South London jazz talent Anjelo Disons and The Oracle and a virtuosic performance by the Nick Costley-White Trio.

The second night will include performances by Soho Live’s Musical Director and pianist, Nathan Britton and Jazz FM’s 2019 Vocalist of the Year Cherise, as well as an evening of Cocktail Swing with vocalist Riketté Genesis. Rounding off the festival on Friday is the legendary Mo Pleasure and his new band, and an improvised performance by Alex Webb’s Quintet Blue, who are joined by tenor saxophonist Denys Baptiste for a celebration of the 1950s and 60s.

One highlight of the festival will undoubtedly be the exclusive cinema premiere of Ronnie Scott and his World Famous Jazz Club, a tribute to the jazz legend with director Oliver Murray. Alongside the packed programme of ticketed events, the festival will also host three free events: Ain’t Misbehavin with Liam Stevens, A Night in Havana with Cuban violinist and band leader Omar Puente and Cheeky Chops with James Browne.

Official lineup

Soho.Live website

Tickets

Events

Wednesday 15 September

JMT Modern Jazz Trio

6.30pm – Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St.

Omar Puente: A Night in Havana

7pm – Balans Soho No.60, Old Compton St.

Portrait of Bud Powell with Andrea Rinciari

7pm – The Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St.

Nick Costley-White Trio

8pm – Spice of Life, Moor St.

Anjelo Disons & The Oracle

9pm – Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St.

Thursday 16 September

Cheeky Chops with James Browne

6.30pm – The Green Bar, Hotel Café Royal, Regent St.

Soho Live All Stars feat. Eerf Evil

6.30pm – Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St.

Cocktail Swing with Riketté Genesis

7pm – Martinez, Greek St.

Cherise

8pm – The Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St.

Kings of Bebop with Andy Davies

9pm – Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St.

Friday 17 September

Ain’t Misbehavin with Liam Stevens

6.30pm – The Green Bar, Hotel Café Royal, Regent St.

The Art of the Trio

6.30pm – The Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St.

Ronnie Scott and his World Famous Jazz Club (music documentary film premiere with directors reception)

6.30pm – The Soho Hotel, Richmond Mews

Mo Pleasure Band

7pm – Sanctum Soho, Warwick St.

Pure Imagination with Kitty LaRoar

8pm – Century Club, Shaftesbury Avenue

Aydenne Simone and the Big Mama Trio

8pm – The Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St.

Quintet Blue with Denys Baptiste

9pm – Sanctum Soho, Warwick St.

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