Often in conversation, when people say they like Jazz they tend to nod sagaciously as if to silently signal, you know that it’s not for everyone right?
We beg to differ!
I always follow with questioning this statement a bit deeper, what type of Jazz do you like? The variety and depth of this music genre is near impossible to generalise- subject, style, arrangements, era, modern, Afro-Cuban, Japanese, Acid? It’s just like saying you like..generic food.
So this month’s blog is about exploring the Jazz artists of today, some of whom we hope will surprise and excite you and make you think yeah I like Jazz too. And better still it might also persuade you to want to experience live Jazz at some awesome Jazz festivals that are coming your way in 2018.
The Lead Belly Project
As a tribute to the iconic blues musician Lead Belly, Adam Nussbaum celebrates the man, his style and the blues, with a retrospective chilled out stance, perfect for Sunday listening. You can just imagine that Deep South humid heat, sitting on a swing on a porch with a loyal mutt and an ice cold bud.
Zara explores her musical British-Jamaican heritage in amongst the melting pot of London's diverse jazz scene. Her third album, Arise was a collaboration with the renown drummer Moses Boyd, and through sharing Caribbean family heritages, both artists have gelled to create a truly unique jazz album influenced by the rhythms of Jamaica, Reggae and Calypso.
One of the best American Jazz and soul singer-songwriters doing his thing right now with his signature style (and hat). His voice is so smooth and familiar like an old friend that he's been compared to the likes of Marvin Gaye and Nat King Cole.
An experimental and high energy Afro-Cuban Jazz pianist. From an early age he played around with combining American Jazz with Afro-Cuban Beats. Touring with the Beuno Vista Social Club, he went on to stamp his own ground with his own sound. After seeing him live last year, we were blown away with his talent, style, and and infectious enthusiasm for Cuban Jazz. The whole of the Barbican were dancing away in the aisles, including us. He is such a musical force live, so if you get a chance to see him, do not pass. GO!
This astoundingly talented Jazz Saxophonist, band leader, composer and producer made his debut album "The Epic in 2015" which went down a storm. His style is a harmonious blend of jazz, funk and quasi bossanova accompanied by a brilliant orchestra; listening to this is a must in our book. He single handedly made Jazz cool again.
In celebration of New York Jazz we've also created this modern Limited Edition Giclee Art Print in midnight blue and New York Taxi Cab yellow.
To find out more about this artwork click here.
Till next time!
Photo credit: thanks to Zachary Nelson!