The West Coast jazz scene is having a moment. Led by the inimitable Kamasi Washington, it has also bred standout artists like Terrace Martin, Miles Mosley, whilst also birthing the careers of Thundercat and Flying Lotus.
Josef Leimberg is next in line to the throne; having played on Kendrick’s already classic To Pimp A Butterfly, he teamed up with Kamasi Washington, Bilal, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kurupt, Terrace Martin and Miguel Atwood Ferguson for his debut album in 2016, Astral Progressions.
A criminally slept on record, it stood as one of the most outstanding jazz works to emerge over the last five years, but to call it straight up jazz would be misleading, as it comes packed with flavours of funk, neo-soul and fusion all thrown in.
With new album The Archer now in the offing for later this year, we can’t wait to welcome the latest star of the West Coast to our stage in November.
Opening the show on the night will be London trumpeter Mark Kavuma who recently sold out Ghost Notes in Peckham for the launch of his new album Kavuma, which blends original contemporary jazz with historical roots planted deep in American post-bop, blues and African rhythms.