Jumoké Fashola presents a special live edition of J to Z from the opening night of the EFG London Jazz Festival, with sets from some of the most exciting young players on the bill.
Leading the line-up is American piano star Christian Sands and his trio. Since his emergence in the 2000s, Sands has become a key figure on the international circuit, known for his blistering energy and virtuosity. In his teens he was mentored by the late great Billy Taylor and he’s since collaborated with Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Porter and Christian McBride, as the first-call pianist in McBride’s own trio. Here he performs music from his latest album, Be Water.
Joining him on stage at Pizza Express jazz club in Holborn are three UK talents. Dynamic trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey AKA Ms Maurice opens the show with a groove-laden set. Best known for her work with KOKOROKO, Nérija and Little Simz, her contemporary London sound has echoes of 70s fusion with “a touch of West African sonic seasoning”. Gifted drummer, composer and producer Romarna Campbell proves she’s one to watch with music that takes in both jazz and hip-hop influences. And the hugely talented London-based guitarist Ant Law brings his quintet to round off the evening.
Produced by Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 3.
1 Christian Sands Trio – Song Of The Rainbow People
2 Christian Sands Trio – Sonar
3 Christian Sands Trio – Can’t Find My Way Home
4 Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy
5 Ms MAURICE – Live at J to Z Late
6 Michael Olatuja – Soki (feat. Dianne Reeves)
7 Romarna Campbell Trio – Float With Me
8 Keep Running – 9 Space Ships
10 The Charles Lloyd Quartet – Sweet Georgia Bright
11 Ant Law Quintet – Haven’t Meta Yet
13 Third I