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London Jazz Festival: Ambrose Akinmusire + Empirical
The London Jazz Festival is the captial's biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November. The Festival has long been acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world.
Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the Festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK's landmark music events.
See www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk for further information.
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Heralded as 'a major creative figure in the making' (Jazzwise) and comparable 'with some of the biggest names in African-American jazz, Miles Davis included' (Guardian), Akinmusire is quickly becoming one of the most fresh and striking figures on today's jazz scene.
Before he reached 18, Ambrose Akinmusire had already performed with a string of acclaimed musicians including Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman and Steve Coleman. He's since gone on to play in the bands of Herbie Hancock, Jason Moran and Wayne Shorter and London's Ronnie Scott's was bursting at the seams last year.
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Empirical are four young musicians of awe-inspiring talent and originality: Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone), Shaney Forbes (drums), Tom Farmer (bass) & Lewis Wright (vibes).
Former members of Gary Crosby's Tomorrow's Warriors, they released their debut album on Courtney Pine's record label, Destin-E, which was hailed Jazz Album Of The Year by Mojo and Jazzwise. 2010 also saw them pick up the coveted MOBO award for Best Jazz Act, and the UK's Peter Whittingham Award. They are dedicated to maintaining the roots of traditional modern jazz but have a definite finger on the pulse of the contemporary world. Empirical recently played a live set for Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio 2 jazz programme.
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Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
SE1 8XX 51.505775, -0.116811
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