UK Jazz celebrated with EZH stage at The Great Escape
EZH will present a stage at The Great Escape that celebrates the might of the UK Jazz movement.
Topping the bill are MOBO-award winning four-piece Sons Of Kemet. Having recently released their third album Your Queen Is A Reptile on the iconic Impulse recordings, SOK have thrust a distinctive path through African rhythms and Caribbean folk via London. They are made up of four of the UK’s most progressive musicians, not just bearing a torch for Jazz but the UK at large; Future legend Shabaka Hutchings, tuba connoisseur Theon Cross and rhythm titans Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick.
Joining Sons of Kemet is one of the UK’s most talented drummers, Yussef Dayes, who has been sculpting one of the most alluring careers for himself in the UK Jazz rush with United Vibrations and Yussef Kamaal. Since the release of Yussef Kamaal’s Black Focus on Gilles Peterson‘s Brownswood label, Dayes has been working on a new project. This will be one of the first glimpses into his upcoming album which is sure to drop with heavy impact.
From South London, Ashley Henry and the RE: Ensemble. The pianist has begun an incredibly bright career by already working with Grammy award winning Keyon Harrold, Terence Blanchard and Jean Toussaint. Following the lineage of Robert Glasper, Henry traces his own connections between Jazz and hip-hop, and included a stunning version of a Nas classic on his recent Sony released EP, Easter.
Opening the UK Jazz showcase at The Great Escape are Noya Rao, a rising Leeds band who are the British answer to Hiatus Kaiyote. Manchester’s notable Gondwana label revealed their debut album in late 2017. With Icaros, the group respond to Melbourne’s recognisable neo-soul scene, with warm and danceable electronic spins and R&B vocal licks.
The EZH stage at The Great Escape with Sons of Kemet, Yussef Dayes, Ashley Henry and the RE: Ensemble and Noya Rao provides an introduction to the UK Jazz movement which is garnering International acclaim and only continues to build momentum.
We are proud to be presenting four incredible acts at The Great Escape in 2018, one of the largest new music festivals in Europe. With a disregard for genre-based limitation, musicians in the UK have been using educations in Jazz as purely a starting point for their musical explorations. Whilst there are nods of acknowledgement to the Jazz tradition, the tsunami of new sounds coming from the UK have no clear centre point, pulling inspiration from a number of geographical, spiritual and cosmic sources.
The EZH stage will be hosted on the evening of Saturday 19 May at Patterns. Further details to be announced.
EZH | Tina Edwards