March Round Up
Posted by The Jazz Cafe | 12:03 1st Mar

In the midst of February's standout shows at the venue, we were excited to announce our brand new festival Maiden Voyage at Three Mills Island this summer. Featuring an all star line up with the likes of Roy Ayers, Madlib and Louis Cole, the music will take you on a sonic trip through the sounds of jazz, hip hop, afrobeat, funk and more on August bank holiday Sunday...

Looking forward to March at the venue, we’ll be kicking it off with a rare opportunity to catch one of the most important female/DIY acts of all time, South Bronx’s ESG. Their minimalist style of post punk has been highly influential in the worlds of house and indie dance thanks to tracks like ‘Dance’ and ‘Moody’, and we’re expecting their live show to be nothing short of phenomenal. ​

In what is always a landmark date in our diary, we team up with gal-dem again for a celebration of International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March. This year we have invited Madison McFerrin, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter who champions a minimalist yet warm and soulful A Capella style. Her vocal skills have been described by Pitchfork to be a “compelling testament to the power and dexterity of the human voice” while the New York Times has applauded her for achieving “an eerie intimacy” through her performances.

Another huge highlight will be the band behind iconic Cuban album Buena Vista Social Club; The Afro-Cuban All Stars will join us for two evenings showcasing a vast repertoire of Cuban styles which will keep bodies moving all night long.

Lebanon’s iconic Ziad Rahbani will also be gracing our stage for his first London show in over 25 years. He’s an undisputed champion of middle eastern music and one of the genre’s greatest piano players with a long and storied career.

To round the month off we’ll be moving outside the club to Islington Assembly Hall where we’ll be hosting prodigious jazz guitarist Julian Lage for his biggest London show to date on Friday 29th March. Whether he’s playing intricate compositions or breaking out into spontaneous improvisations, he’s one of our favourite guitarists on the circuit – Love Hurts was released on February 22nd and has been on heavy rotation in our office ever since.

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