British Jazz Scene

  • Nancy Conroy

Coinciding with the release of the ‘We Out Here’ album under Giles Peterson’s label earlier this year, I have taken a massive interest the British Jazz scene, particularly the young homegrown talent developing out of areas such as mi own formidable saahf London abode. For one, this is capturing a side of London’s inner-city youth that front page newspapers often forget to portray – these artists are talented, intelligent and are forging their own collaborative communities which is pushing jazz into a new, more accessible realm (and providing me with yet another excuse to go out) And NOW I’ve had the opportunity to work with the EFG London Jazz festival, writing and reviewing shows over the last week, adding to a long list of artists I have seen over the past months - Moses Boyd, Binker Golding, Theon Cross, Soweto Kinch, Nubya Garcia, Sons of Kemet, Louis Moholo, Jason Yarde, Archie Shepp, Ezra Collective, The Charles Mingus Big Band and Jaimie Branch (just to name a few).