Calling all jazz fans! You will be happy to know that this week London welcomes the first ever Soho.Live Jazz Week starting from tomorrow, Wednesday 11th September to Saturday 14th September. The event will see the legendary jazz clubs of Soho come together to showcase more than 250 incredible jazz musicians across 45 ticketed shows, in over 15 venues. London Living were lucky enough to get the inside scoop on the founder, concept behind the event and who to look out for in the line-up. This is definitely one not to miss!
Driven by his passion for jazz and blues music, four years ago, Soho resident, George Hudson founded a live music venue in the heart of central London’s most vibrant community, The Piano Bar Soho. While the neighbourhood was already the national nucleus of jazz music, the intimate venue held its own, against some of the other long-standing locations and world-famous classics. A year later with two producers, George founded Soho.Live, with a venue expansion that now accommodates a record label and recording studio, which is aimed at developing ‘jazzers’, and nurturing talent in this musical genre. As the organisation enters its fourth year, George is delighted to take that love of music even further. Having created a vibrant and thriving musical ecosystem in the village, George and his team are heralding the dawn of this new age and Soho.Live Jazz Week will be a window inside these exciting times for the genre and its audiences.
Soho.Live’s array of artists include the talented and soulful Bluey Robinson, who fronts The Fedz, the genre-bending Ashley Henry, whose brew of influences include jazz, grime, hip hop and punk, the winning ensemble that comprises members of Kansas Smitty’s House Band plus jazz and soul songstress, Cherise Adams-Burnett. Hailing from the international music scene, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Mo Pleasure, who has performed with the likes of Ray Charles, Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige, Chaka Khan and more – as well as a host of British and international talent from around the world.
Soho has long been a crucial spot on the international jazz scene, celebrated for its intimate venues and creating space for innovation from a diverse spectrum of visionary artists. Soho.Live Studios, launches its Jazz Week in this tradition, encouraging experimentation and giving life to live music experiences. Venues taking part in this year’s Soho.Live Jazz Week include all the famed neighborhood favourites: The Piano Bar Soho, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Spice of Life, 100 Wardour Street, L’Escargot Club, Ain’t Nothing But the Blues, Quo Vadis Members Club, The Court Club, Bills Restaurant Soho, Hotel Cafe Royal, Japes Restaurant, My Place, Yamaha Music London and Soho Theatre.
Featuring ticketed shows from familiar names, alongside a new wave of up and coming jazz stars, you can check out this thrilling, toe-tap-inducing full programme online. And if you have no plans on Saturday 14th September, make sure you get down to the closing act ‘Jazz Jam’ a FREE five-hour jam session featuring over 100 musicians, on the Piano Bar Soho stage, Carlisle Street. There will also be an array of street food vendors and cocktail providers to help you get into the dancing mood. To book your ticket visit www.soho.live/jazzweek but hurry, as many of these shows will sell out soon.
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