Vula Viel, Nérija and Sloth Racket engage at Elgar Room

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The Royal Albert Hall's highly accommodating venue-within-a-venue the Elgar Room, has announced its programme for the first quarter of 2018 with an eclectic line-up of global andgroove-based jazz with each group either led-by or featuring female jazz musicians as part of the RAH’s Women and the Hall season, which celebrates 100 years since the passing of the Suffrage bill. These include emerging names such as Lauren Kinsella/Chris Hyson jazz-folk-tronica project Snowpoet, trumpeter/producer Emma-Jean Thackray and grungy improv stars Sloth Racket, alongside high-energy global groovers Vula Viel (pictured and video below) and recent Parliamentary Jazz Award winners Nérija. And joining these names is Laura Misch, who's just been confirmed for a show on 5 April. Misch sings and plays sax and uses live electronics to create her own hybrid singer-songwriter style.

Dates are: Snowpoet (25 Jan); ISQ – Irene Serra Quartet (1 Feb); Vula Viel (8 Feb); Emma-Jean Thackray (15 Feb); Yvette Norwood-Tiger presents A World Tour of Jazz (22 Feb); Black Voices (1 Mar); Nérija (29 Mar); Laura Misch (5 Apr); Sloth Racket (19 Apr); Yusufla (26 Apr) and Where Pathways Meet (28 Jun).

– Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.royalalberthall.com