January tends to be a quiet month in the gig calendar in London but not at the Jazz Cafe; we’re still open every day with our usual diverse programming which spans a multitude of different genres.
This month we’ll be putting on everything from UK jazz and Indonesian gamelan to Ghanaian highlife and live dub reggae, not to mention a viral online sensation who sold the venue out in less than an hour!
We’re halfway through our four night stretch with Alexander O’Neal and we’re pleased to report that the disco star’s voice remains in fine fettle. Not to be outdone in the disco stakes, we are also delighted to welcome The Gibson Brothers to our stage on Saturday 26th January whose Latin infused take on the genre will be their first show in London for a long while.
It’s also turned into a flagship month for UK jazz, as we kick off the month with two high profile shows that we hope will both become annual traditions at the venue. On Wednesday 9th we team up with Jazz Re:freshed, who undoubtedly have done more to nurture young players in London’s jazz hotbed than most, to present three acts who we’re both tipping to break through this year in Chelsea Carmichael, Nihilism and Vertaal.
Following on from that on Saturday 12th we join forces with another of London jazz’s institutions in the shape of non-profit organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors. Having called the Jazz Cafe their home since 1991, we’re delighted to welcome them back for a bumper show that will bring a host of their alumni together to premier original compositions written especially for this show, alongside a crop of their current students. A portion of all door profits will be donated to their I Am Warrior fund.
Elsewhere, afrobeat favourites Osibisa will perform a show of their favourite Ghanaian highlife tunes alongside some of their own classics, London rapper Ty curates a night showcasing his favourite undiscovered MC’s alongside some seasoned greats in Pass The Torch, dubmaster Scientist joins us for a very rare live London show with the Upper Cut Band, Jordan Rakei’s drummer Richard Spaven headlines the venue for the first time and online phenomenon Marc Rebillet brings his insane one man show to our stage!
Come join us for the fun. See you at the front.