Legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham will be dispensing his unparalleled percussive wizardry at a sold-out Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club tonight. The ticketless among you may believe that this news arrives too late, but fear not! Ronnie’s will be providing a live stream in stunning HD of the entire performance to a global audience.

The broadcast follows on from the immensely popular debut live stream of jazz icon Wynton Marsalis in 2013, which over 25,000 viewed from across the world. Jazzwise is proud to offer an exclusive link to the live stream, direct from the player below. Set your alarm for 11pm, 27 February, log in, sit back and enjoy the show.

Indisputably the daddy of all world music festivals, WOMAD now exists in a variety of global incarnations, from Cáceres to Adelaide, yet there is always something special about returning to Wiltshire’s Charlton Park. Taking place from 24-26 July, WOMAD continues to welcome a strong jazz contingent from around the world, with past performances from Snarky Puppy, Roberto Fonseca and Mulatu Astatke among recent highlights.

Notable acts during this first announcement include Parisian quintet L’Hijâz'Car, whose diverse yet tightly-constructed blend of styles from Orientalist funk to Ethio-jazz impressed at last year’s Jazzahead! (see video below). Zimbabwean-born Londoner ESKA (pictured above)continues her rise with new track 'Rock of Ages', taken from her eagerly awaited eponymous debut solo album that’s released on Naim Edge Records on 27 April. Also look out for a unique collaboration between children local to the festival site and Tomorrow’s Warriors, who champion gifted and talented jazz musicians across the country.

New York hip-hop pioneers De La Soul have been confirmed as Friday headliners in celebration of the 25th anniversary of seminal debut 3 Feet High and Rising.

For tickets and more information visit womad.co.uk

– Ed Craggs

Watch  L’Hijâz'Car's performance from Jazzahead below:

With just 24 hours to go before the big Jazz For Labour: A Concert for Fairness and Diversity takes place at London’s Barbican on Friday 27 February, featuring one of the most stellar British jazz line-ups ever assembled for a single event, there is still a last minute chance to snap up the few remaining tickets left.

Inspired by the Jazz For Obama concert held during the 2012 American presidential campaign which featured a who’s who of top US jazz names, Jazz for Labour, which was exclusively announced by Jazzwise in November, takes place in the run up to the UK general election on 7 May and features Courtney Pine CBE, Claire Martin OBE, Arun Ghosh, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Gary Crosby, Christine Tobin, Andy Sheppard, John Etheridge, Phil Robson, Jay Phelps, Tim Garland, Juliet Kelly, Kate Williams, Phil Meadows, Yazz Ahmed, Shane Forbes, Shirley Tetteh, John Marshall and Alex Webb’s Café Society, with transatlantic support from Darius Brubeck Quartet featuring Dave O’Higgins plus Freedom Sounds DJ slots Chris Philips and Jez Nelson. A number of the bands will feature one-off all-star line-ups put together especially for the occasion.

Talking about the concert, Courtney Pine says: “Jazz is the greatest music that allows human beings to describe their social environment. Many have adopted the philosophy of jazz music to unify people in sound, it is my belief that this event can do this to make for a better United Kingdom.”

Clarinettist and bandleader Arun Ghosh says: “Jazz embodies and has always been built on anti-racist and progressive principles, principles that I believe are essential for our society. I don’t want to live in a country where narrow-mindedness and bigotry are the norm. Jazz for Labour represents and calls for another way. Just like the music, we value and recognise the need for community, empathy, fairness and diversity, and that is why I am proud to be a part of this musical movement.”

The Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Harriet Harman, also adds: “I’m delighted that so many of Britain’s leading jazz musicians are showing their support for the Labour Party and the values we share, by staging a high profile concert at one of London’s top venues. It will be a great night out and make an important statement in the run up to the election.”

– Jon Newey

For more details visit www.jazzforlabour.org – tickets available from www.barbican.org.uk

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Building a regular fanbase form a monthly rather than weekly session is no mean feat, but it’s particularly impressive in the case of Jazz In The Round. Since launching in 2012 it has fostered its own scene by way of stylistically mixed bills that are as challenging as they are engaging.

Tonight the band that epitomises that in no uncertain terms is headliner Groundation (pictured top), a brilliant collective that brings together double bassist Gary Crosby and several generations of the players he has mentored: alto saxophonist Nathaniel Facey, drummer Moses Boyd and guitarist Shirley Tetteh. With Crosby’s 60th birthday marked by the presentation of a small cake and proud mention of his freedom pass, a precious tool for gigging musicians of every generation, there is a celebratory subtext to a performance that balances youthful energy and focused maturity.

Boyd’s polyrhythmic drive, enriched by the laser-like precision of his skipping rimshots, makes the ensemble sway frequently between groove and swing, and while there are surges into a freer, looser, less easily defined meter, the implication of dance in the music is always strong. Timbrally, the group has a fascinating canvas, with the combination of Facey’s bulky, muscular sound and Tetteh’s spiky single notes slightly suggesting what one of Chico Hamilton’s 1960s small groups might have sounded like had Eric Dolphy and Gabor Szabo been in the front line.

However, the essential raw materials that have always been close to Crosby’s heart, namely the music and folklore of Jamaica, come into their own on the highpoint of the set, ‘Anansi’, a tribute to the trickster spider who represents guile as well as bravado. With that root planted in fertile Black Diasporic terrain some lively rocksteady reggae bucks up against a New Orleans bounce and hearty, playful African vocalizations from Facey as heads and shoulders quickly start to loosen up down in the front row.

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Although this marks a contrast to the other quartet that started the evening’s proceedings – that led by alto saxophonist Sam Eagles (above) – there are nonetheless points of comparison. Again, timbrally, Eagles has a left of centre line-up, with Ralph Wyld’s vibraphone offering an airy, glassy chordal base that suits the subtleties of Eagles’ composing and offers a delicate foil to his improvising. Yet in Eric Ford the leader has a percussively inventive drummer who potently galvanizes the intricately boppish, often Latin arrangements. Double bassist Fergus Ireland locks in sharply with Ford to give the music as much ballast as fluidity and in its strongest moments the group offers a distilled but personal take on landmarks like Dave Holland’s ‘Prime Directive’ and David Binney’s ‘South’.

Stepping up for a solo performance thereafter is flute virtuoso Rowland Sutherland (below), who, like Crosby, also distinguished himself as a member of the Jazz Warriors back in the 1980s. His set is specifically based on a recent trip to Japan to study shakuhachi, the bamboo flute whose tone Sutherland nonetheless vividly evokes on a metal concert flute.

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As he explains to host Jez Nelson in a short interview prior to the performance what westerners deem ‘extended technique’ is very much part of the shakuhachi tradition and Sutherland’s adaptations of folk themes makes that abundantly clear. Rasping high notes, almost drummed into life by an aggressive ‘flutter tongue,’ along with gauzy mid-range melodies are among the stream of startling sounds produced, but it is Sutherland’s highly effective microphone technique – his precise leaning in and backing away from the bulb – that creates fine additional dynamics, and, aided by the sharp as a tack engineering of Nick Burkinyoung the performance practically feels like an intimate front room recital.

Hearing such an expressive instrument in optimal conditions that highlight the breath around the notes as well as the way phrases work against the silence is indeed a privilege, especially as this is by no means an obvious set to programme. Then again the adventurous nature of the bill reaches right back to the inaugural JITR session that featured Stuart McCallum playing solo guitar alongside Yazz Ahmed and Black Top. The latter two acts are also connected to Crosby via the Jazz Warriors and the Nu Civilization Orchestra, respectively, and, whether by accident or design, this overarching historical continuum gives JITR a real pedigree. Which is surely one of the reasons why people come back month after month.

– Kevin Le Gendre

– Photos by Roger Thomas

There’s little more than a month until Polar Bear’s upcoming sixth album, Same As You, hits the shelves, and here’s the first taste. Released online, ‘Dont Let The Feeling Go’ whets the pallet with an expansive and unhurried dub groove. Vocals from bandleader Seb Rochford and guest Hannah Darling are the core to the song with their life affirming words. Meanwhile the saxophones remain rebelliously unhinged, complete with Rochford's Sons Of Kemet bandmate Shabaka Hutchings joining in as a very welcome guest, atop an irresistible grinding bass.

It’s another departure from the past for the British innovators; all the more surprising given how quickly Rochford and the team have re-emerged since their Mercury Prize nominated In Each And Every One. Some of the thematic murkiness is retained, but in a far more transparent sonic setting. Mixed with Californian producer Ken Barrientos in the Mojave Desert, the new track has all the hallmarks of such a vast environment.

Same As You is available 30 March online, on CD and on vinyl. You can also catch them touring the new album in the UK from April: Village Underground, London (8 April); Komedia, Brighton (15 April); Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester (17 April); Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (18 April); The Kazimier, Liverpool (19 April); Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (21 April); Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstable (22 April); Colston Hall, Bristol (23 April); and Festival Of Firsts, Brighton (6 July).

– Tommie Black-Roff


Listen to the track here:



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