This year the Soho.LiveJazz Week kicks off with a stunning programme of shows featuring Ashley Henry, Marisha Wallace, Andy Davis Quintet & Mo Pleasure All Starsto name just a few.
Soho is perhaps one of the few places in London that still embodies the mystery, wonder, beauty & sumptuous feeling that comes from listening to live jazz. Deep in the DNA of Soho jazz music has remained an important part of the music scene, Jazz Week is a great time to come out and celebrate this inspiring and exciting genre.
More info can be found here: soho.live/jazzweek
WEDNESDAY 11th SEPTEMBER
Ashley Henry, L’Escargot, Greek St. 9:30pm
As one of the UK’s leading jazz & beats performers brings his live show to Soho for an intimate show. Following the widespread success of 26-year-old Ashley Henry’s Easter EP, the genre-blurring UK pianist returns in full force with his debut studio album Beautiful Vinyl Hunter, set for release in September on Sony Music.
Cherise Adam Burnett, Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St. 7:30pm
Cherise is a blazing a trail as a fiercely talented vocalist and musician, appearing at some of the country’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including the Royal Albert Hall. Now part of Soho.LiveJazz Week, Cherise now provides an intimate stripped-back performance at the festivals home in The Piano Bar Soho.
Marisha Wallace, Yamaha Music London, Wardour St. 6pm
Yamaha Music London presents a store drop-in of musical theatre and soul superstar Marisha Wallace. Best known for her starring role as Effie White in Dreamgirls on the West End.
Nathan Britton Trio, L’Escargot, Greek St. 6:30pm
Soho.Live’s Musical Director & award-winning Jazz Pianist Nathan Britton presents his modern spin on classic repertoire from jazz legends such as Oscar Peterson & Bill Evans.
Billie Black, Soho Theatre, Dean St. 9:30pm
Billie Black is a striking young jazz & electro-soul singer from London. Her voice is smooth & gracious and her wide repertoire of Jazz standards and original electro-pop material has gained millions of streams & commercial success on music platforms such as 1Xtra, Majestic Casual & Clash Magazine.
FRIDAY 13th SEPTEMBER
Andy Davies Quintet, Ronnie Scotts, Frith St. 7:30pm
As part of Soho.LiveJazz Week, Andy debuts his new record: “Rise Of The Spidermonkey”- an explosion of catchy originals & reworked jazz classics displaying his savage bebop skills and world-class trumpet mastery. The album features an all starcast of award-winning musicians including Benet McLean (Violin), Nathan Britton (Piano), Daniel Casimir (Upright Bass) & Saleem Raman (Drums).
Kitty la Roar Trio, Soho Theatre, Dean St. 9:30pm
Stylish London singer Kitty LaRoar debuts her new trio at Soho Jazz Festival, singing, scatting and free-styling at the drums. The band will be showcasing original compositions from the album Valentine's Eve, as well as original lyrics to the music of Monk, Ellington, Strayhorn and Sonny Rollins.
Quentin Collins Electric Band, Japes, Dean St. 9:30pm
"A Trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach.” MOJO Magazine.
Mo Pleasure All Stars, The Court, Kingly St. 7:30pm
One of the greatest multi-instrumentalists of his generation Morris "Mo" Pleasure has been at the forefront of American popular music for the last 30 years. A child prodigy, he began on piano at the age of 4 and by his early teens was also performing on bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin! In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, ascending to become the band’s musical director from 1994-2001.
THURSDAY 12th SEPTEMBER
Christian Brewer, L’Escargot, Greek St. 9:30pm
Christian Brewer is one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged from the UK in recent years. Loved for his melodic playing and pure tone, he is a regular at Ronnie Scots, and a staple part of Soho’s jazz scene making him and his band a perfect addition to Soho.LiveJazz Week.
Bluey Robinson & The Fedz, 100 Wardour Street, 9:30pm
Rising Soul star Bluey Robinson a songwriter who has performed with Justin Bieber onstage for his European ‘My World Tour’ and also joined the likes of D’angelo, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz and Tinie Tempah on theirs.
Neo SoulCollective, 100 Wardour Street, 7:00pm
Born from an experimental EP put together by producer and MD Nathan Britton. This performance features vocals from Xam Volo, Ego-Ella May, Natalie Oliveri., Kimba Bush as well as heavyweights from the Soho.LiveStudio Band.
Anjelo Disons & The Oracle, Japes, Dean St. 9:30pm
Anjelo is a talent overspilling with heart and soul, backed by a sensational collective of musicians called The Oracle. His jazz- tingedvocal style has been praised by the likes of Clash Magazine and Lost Culture.
SEN3, L’Escargot, Greek St. 9:30pm
SEN3 are an exciting new genre-hopping guitar trio have emerged from London’s melting pot. “Love this new Project” - Chris Philips Jazz FM
Kansas Smitty’s: Travelin Light, Soho Theatre, Dean St. 9:30pm
"Travlin Light" is a brand new collaboration between composer and ECM artist Kit Downes, Kansas Smitty’s House Band leader, Giacomo Smith and Tom Farmer, of celebrated UK band Empirical.
Collette Copper, Quo Vadis, Dean St. 10pm
Collette is a jazz and blues influencedsolo artist championed by BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music, Soho Radio and Jazz FM. Her music is eclectic with dramatic, dark, theatrical, and sometimes ironic tones. Her radio show champions new and established women in blues and jazz and now you can come and see a selection curated for you live.
"The essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing & instrumental personality."
- Mose Allison
SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER
The Soho.Live Jazz Jam, Carlisle St. 2pm- 8pm
Live music fills the street all day, enjoy over 60 performers from the best jazz clubs around the world jamming together all on one stage. This free event is in its fourth year and is run with the corporation of the City of Westminster.