Sunday, 30 October 2011

The new faces of British jazz

An excellent article in today's Guardian, including Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde (and a little mention of Jamie for good measure!)
You don't often get an American headline artist interrupting his own set to extol the talents of his British support act, but it happened four years ago at the London jazz festival. The support band were Empirical and the headliner was saxophone giant Joshua Redman. He said it gave him hope for the future to hear a very young band that actually played as a band, not a bunch of competing egos. And he was right. Since then, the young British jazz scene has grown in creativity and size, largely on the basis of complete bands. A glance at the programme for this year's nine-day festival promises the best, most fascinating and varied line-up yet, especially as far as fresh British talent is concerned...read more

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