with Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd Exodus & Native Dancer
Mon August 28th, 2017
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $15
**This is a general admission event at Nublu Classic: 62 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009**
Jazz RE:FRESHED are pioneering a 2-year project in collaboration with British Underground to put a global spotlight on progressive UK Jazz. UK jazz is undergoing a revolution – where culture and music reflect the varying influences and times we are living in. Now is one of the most interesting and creative times for jazz globally and New York is a great platform to share the UK’s modern perspective. This night will showcase some of the most exciting sounds on London’s Jazz scene today.
Most people tend to accept the definitions of jazz given to them by the media or popular press which tend to define jazz music as an easy listening, stuck-in-the-past music form – this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The truth is, jazz has evolved as many definitions as there are people listening to it. Borne out of oppression, revolution and a need to express the black experience, jazz has always been a progressive, boundary pushing and relevant artform, cutting paths for all popular music forms.
The brainchild of Justin McKenzie & Adam Moses, Jazz re:freshed as a music movement started with a humble vision in early summer 2003. Its intention, to challenge the elitism and prejudice within the jazz community that had kept jazz on the sidelines far too long, whilst bringing the incredibly diverse, colourful, expressive and creative world that is jazz to the people – live, fun and affordable. Perhaps the most important aim was and still is, to promote underexposed music and artists deserving of the widest recognition.
Although music is undoubtedly the nucleus of the movement, art and visuality are intrinsically important to the philosophy and identity of Jazz re:freshed, not to mention the culture we represent. This is expressed through our promotional art, films, exhibitions & curations, apparel and collaborations.
The movement was built around its weekly live residency in the heart of West London, covering the whole spectrum of jazz and jazz-influenced. Everything that’s fresh about jazz is hopefully reflected in the philosophy and delivery of Jazz re:freshed and its numerous projects – the colour, the creativity, the artistry, the boundless expression.
Jazz re:freshed was always destined to be more than simply a night. The weekly live West London residency was and always will be the fulcrum of the movement, however as with all creative forces, it was not to be contained or confined to one form of expression.
A small but relentlessly determined organisation, Jazz re:freshed has its hands in many pies, hosting a weekly live residency, a record label, festival, film club, band development programme, club night, workshops and more.
Jazz re:freshed has grown from delivering a live weekly music event in Notting Hill every week of the year, to expanding into organising an annual festival JAZZ RE:FEST and supporting festivals including Glastonbury, SXSW and AFROPUNK International.
We run DJ club nights, are developing a record label, producing an annual magazine, have our own apparel range, launched a seasonal film club, and deliver RE:PRESENT our band development and education programmes in Schools, colleges and universities.
We have numerous growing partnerships including Sonos London, Nitrobeat, British Underground and Roundhouse and have recently launched a 2 year programme to support the international promotion of the most exciting UK progressive Jazz.
Shabaka Hutchings, a saxophonist, band leader and composer, is a significant force in the next generation of young innovative musicians and thriving improvising scene in London.
Hutchings has three primary projects – Shabaka and the Ancestors, Sons of Kemet and Comet is Coming. Between them, Hutchings has gathered a substantial number of awards and nominations, including winning the 2013 MOBO ‘Jazz Act of the Year’, 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards nomination for ‘Jazz Musician of the Year’, winner of the 2014 Paul Hamlyn Composer Award, 2015 Jazz FM Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’, 2016 Mercury Music Prize nomination, 2017 Jazz FM Awards ‘UK Jazz Act of the Year’.
Shabaka continues to sit outside the box, interested in the undefinable gaps and going beyond jazz. To date, Hutchings has released to critical aclaim 4 studio albums and 2 EPs, alongside featuring on several other albums with highly respected artists. New albums expected in 2018.
Moses Boyd Exodus
Moses Boyd is a drummer, composer and producer from south London. Moses leads his band Moses Boyd Exodus, which features band members Theon Cross on Tuba, Artie Zaitz on Guitar, Binker Golding Tenor Saxophone and Nathaniel Cross on Trombone and has been performing together for 4 years. Getting the attention of taste makers such as Gilles Peterson, Four Tet and Floating Points.
The Exodus Fuses Jazz, Grime, Electronica, and Afrobeat sensibilities within their live show. The band has performed at festivals such as Xjazzberlin, State X New Forms in the Netherlands, Gilles petersons Worldwide Awards. As well as online outlets such as Boilerroom and RedBull music, and also have touring engagements this summer across Europe.
Moses Boyd is recipient of UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Best Newcomer of the year 2016, Giles Peterson Worldwide Awards’ John Peel Play More Jazz Award 2016, MOBO Awards 2015 Best Jazz Act and the Worshipful Company of Musicians 2014, Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award.
Native Dancer was formed in 2013. Together they have developed their own sound-world in a process that denies none of their influences to create something fresh, exciting and relevant to the now.
With references to electro-pop, hip-hop and trip-hop, soul and jazz, Native Dancer have drawn comparisons to Hiatus Kaiyote, The Cinematic Orchestra and Me’Shell Ndegocello among others; making a name for themselves as a trailblazing band known for their beautifully produced releases, displaying a powerful combination of slick production and virtuosic playing; and an exciting, risk-taking, live experience.
In a world gripped with fear, this is a soundworld that refuses boarders and genre classification, promoting unity and a deeper level of understanding of ourselves and our relationship to the earth.
Expect beat driven songs with soulful vocals, searching lyrics and glitchy, trip- hoppy, psychedelic, soundscapes that will take you on a multidimensional journey.