Walthamstow Jazz Festival


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Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion

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Tony Allen

Tony Allen appearing at this event

Tony Allen was one of the founding fathers of afro-beat, his drumming style influenced generations of musicians over the past 50 years. An original member of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and the inventor of the distinctive afrobeat drum rhythm, Tony went on to collaborate with artists from King Sunny Ade to Damon Albarn, continued to be a true innovator with his own music for decades, drawing on electronics, dub, rnb + rap in a synthesis he refered to as ‘afrofunk’. He died in April 2020 at the age of 79.

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Vels Trio

Vels Trio hail from the shores of Brighton, combining their shared love of progressive music and a huge variety of other genres, while staying true to their jazz ethics.

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Evan Parker

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Legendary British jazz saxophonist.

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John Edwards

John Edwards appearing at this event

An extremely creative jazz bassist and one of the most significant players of his generation. After taking up the bass, around 1987, John Edwards co-formed The Pointy Birds who went on to win awards for their music. Edwards played his first gigs with London improvisers such as Roger Turner, Lol Coxhill, Maggie Nicols, Phil Minton. Since 1995 John Edwards has become a "mainstay" of the London scene, playing with just about everybody, an activity that has seen him clocking up between 150 and 200 gigs a year.

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John Russell

Jazz guitarist.

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Thurston Moore

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Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since that particular sobriquet was first used to signify any music that challenged and defied the mainstream standard. He is the founder of Sonic Youth, the band that turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n' roll. From its influence on a nascent Nirvana, to Sonic Youth’s own Daydream Nation album being chosen by the US Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006, the band’s importance in rock history is undeniable.

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Elliot Galvin

Elliot Galvin is a maverick musician, his bold and idiosyncratic approach building him a reputation as one of the rising stars of European Jazz and improvised music.

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Emma-Jean Thackray

Emma-Jean Thackray is a multi-award winning jazz composer, producer, arranger and instrumentalist. She has received great underground acclaim and frequent radio play, including from Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 Music and on Jazz FM.

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Leifur James

Leifur James is a London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist whose early work was singularly electronic, his later work focuses on analog synths and warm acoustic instruments, all played by his own hand.

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Project Karnak

Jazz fusion outfit from London.

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Laetitia Sadier

Laetitia Sadier appearing at this event

As vital to European culture as The Velvet Underground were to the USA, Stereolab ploughed a twenty year course cruising the Krautrock underground whilst successfully surfing the Britpop overground with a series of perfectly misplaced melodica. Following their self-imposed hiatus in 2009, French born lead Laetitia Sadier has positioned herself as the chanteuse of the Avant-garde, initially with new project/band Monade, followed by solo albums. In 2017 she launched The Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, featuring long-time collaborators Emmanuel Mario and Xavi Munoz, along with David Thayer, and Phil M FU. Their sound harks back to the style Stereolab in the 90s, while still pushing forwards with new musical ideas.

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PYJÆN appearing at this event

Pyjaen's influences are wide ranging, and you can tell by their unique sound. They draw on the jazz tradition and make heavy use of improvisation, all whilst pushing their music forward in a new direction.

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Cutting-edge Jazz outfit combining electronics with live instruments, UK Jazz with world music, and soundsystem culture with free jazz. Cykada deliver a truly idiosyncratic sound unlike anything before them. A visceral display of improvisation and musical impulse.

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Run Logan Run

Run Logan Run is a collaboration between drummer Matt Brown and saxophonist Andrew Hayes. Taking cues from the British Punk Jazz scene and utilising extended breathing techniques and special FX (championed by horn players such as Mats Gustafson and Colin Stetson), they create music that is both beautiful and brutal.

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Tetes De Pois

Têtes de Pois are a 'genre-bending 7-piece instrumental band, fresh on the scene, mashing up hiphop, Afrobeat, soul, jazz and more.'

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Snazzback have been busking the cold-stretch in Bristol, bringing the streets an echo of something else. Their songs play with undulating jazz/ improvisation shimmering afro-cuban rhythms and deep soul/funk grooves. Having hosted several impromptu street-parties last summer in Bristol, the 5-piece street-jazzers are now between street and stage, to bring their freezing new grooves inside and play them off piste!

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Also Appearing

Django Django (DJ Set), Binker Golding, Dulahli, Waldo’s Gift, Dear Earth (DJ Set)

Walthamstow Assembly Hall (WAH17)

  • 703 Forest Road
  • Walthamstow
  • London
  • E17 4JF

0208 521 7111