Here’s a few July sessions to tune into…Worldwide looks amazing… Blaze has got some deep stuff going down in east London… Mau Mau keep up the flow and the Southbank is gearing up… also, check out Ceu at the Jazz Cafe.
JULY 5th: Vibes FM presents ‘Thanks & Praise’ – Gappy Ranks launch party @ Sebastians Wine Bar, 49-51 Norwood road, London SE24 9AA, from 8pm. Music by Courtney Melody, Roberto Allen, Commander B & the full Vibes FM crew . Swag tun up & good vibes guaranteed !
Blaze: July 5th: Sing The Truth : Feat. Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
Blaze: 6th July : Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings + Charles Bradley / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
JAZZ REFRESHED @ MAU MAU: Richard Spaven 7th July / Guida De Palma 14th / 28th Shabaka Hutchings / Sons Of Kemet
6th – 10th July: Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival , Sete, Montpellier, France : Baaaad line up in a fantastic setting! Raphael Saadiq, Dam Funk, James Blake , DJ Harvey, L.B.S, Konono No.1, Jamie xx, Flying Lotus, Mount Kimbie, Derrick Carter, The Pyramids, FM Belfast, Cut Chemist, Kode9, Joy Orbison, Brandt Brauer Frick, David Rodigan, Ghostpoet, Ramadanman, Toshio Matsuura, Kode 9, Cut Chemist, Owiny Sigoma. Zara Macfarlane,
Blaze: 7th July: Randy Brecker and Bill Evans – Soulbop feat. Medeski Martin and Wood + Terence Blanchard Quintet / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
Blaze 7th July: Re:Definition 2011 feat. Kano, Ghetts, Donae’o, Mikill Pane and more. / 20:00 / Hackney Empire
Blaze: 8th July: Calle 13 + Wara + DJ Quantic / 21:00 / Hackney Empire: Check my post: Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 roll into Hackney – June 10. Nice vid with Ruben Blades.
9th July: IYE AJA feat. Juwon Ogunbe: “ Looking forward to seeing you at The Newham African Caribbean Resource Centre. Iye Aja is turning out to be breakthrough creative process and all the artists involved are excited about sharing the work we’ve made so far, with you….”
8-9th July: Hiromi: The Trio Project. Check this girl out!
Blaze: 9th July : Penguin Cafe Orchestra + Beth Jeans Houghton / Hackney Empire. “I loved that first album … expect acoustic power and a beguiling, feisty charm. A new album ‘A Matter of Life’… is out now.”
Blaze: 10th + 11th July: Hugh Masekela & band with special guests!
/ 20:00 / Hackney Empire / Hackney Empire
Blaze: 11th July: Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society / 20:00 / Barbican Hall. Contra-bass & vocals… sublime stuff!
11 July 2011: Céu + DJ set: D.Vyzor / £17.50 / Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG. Céu is without doubt one of Brazil’s standout young voices – a singer-songwriter whose pure voice nestles in the sweet spot where bossa, electronica, samba, and dub make effortless connections. She will be performing songs from her excellent album, ‘Vagarosa’ (Six Degrees Records).
Blaze: 13th July: Tom Waits’ Rain Dogs Revisited – Dir. by David Coulter with Arthur H, The Tiger Lillies, Camille O’ Sullivan, Stef Kamil Carlens, St. Vincent, Erika Stucky / 20:00 / Barbican Hall
Blaze: 12th July: Congotronics vs Rockers feat. Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Konono N°1, Kasai Allstars, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Matt Mehlan (from Skeletons) / 19:30 / Barbican Hall. Sounds pretty out there!
17th July : Cleveland Watkiss / Orphy Robinson + Nu Savannah – 17th July @ Hackney Empire. The original Jazz Warriors meet the Sounds Of Young Hackney.
13th July: Gilad Atzmon – The music of Charlie Parker With Strings @ Ronnie Scotts. Fresh!
Blaze 14th July: Ebo Taylor / Fool’s Gold / 20:00 / Hackney Empire – “ I’m still buzzing on that original cut of ‘Love & Death’ from this Ghanaian master musician.”
Blaze 18th July: Baloji / Fatoumata Diawara
Showcasing two of Africa’s hippest musical exports / 20:00 / Rich Mix
Blaze 23rd July Aurelio / Danyel Waro / Carlou D: Paranda meets Reununion meets Senegal. Enuff said! / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
Blaze 24th July Irma Thomas + Soul Rebels Brass Band The Queen of New Orleans. Believe! / 19:30 / Barbican Hall
LONDON IS THE PLACE FOR ME: 22-26th July @ the Southbank Centre – This is a big one! A long weekend celebrating some of the seminal moments in black British music. Projects include Big Audio Dynamite at Royal Festival Hall, steel pan, sound systems, an evening dedicated to the film Babylon with live music from Dennis Bovell, a mixed-bill evening tracing the history of great songs
Following that…. VINTAGE AT THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE is a three-day party, a big dressing-up box and a collector’s dream, celebrating the 1920s to the 1980s. Over 13 hours of music, fashion, film, art, design, and dance each day. If last years Vintage at Goodwood was anything to go by expect some serious programming and the Southbank to be transformed.