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Celebrating the life and work of Pharoah Sanders, Cassie Kinoshi and SEED Ensemble perform from his much-revered songbook, live streamed as part of EFG London Jazz Festival 2020.

This October we celebrate spiritual jazz icon Pharoah Sanders’ 80th birthday. Cassie Kinoshi leads the SEED Ensemble in tribute, with special guests to be announced.

A vital part of London’s thriving jazz scene, SEED Ensemble is a Mercury Award nominated ten-piece band, led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi. Their style comes from the bustle of the city alongside the West African and Caribbean influences of Kinoshi’s heritage, exploring a blend of genres through original compositions and improvisation: a truly Black British sound. The band’s line-up features some of London’s most exciting and innovative young jazz musicians including trumpeter Sheila-Maurice-Grey (Kokoroko) and guitarist Shirley Tetteh (Maisha).

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SEED Ensemble

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A ten-piece band led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi, SEED presents a stellar line-up featuring some of London's most up-and-coming young jazz musicians. Combining jazz with inner-city London, West African and Caribbean influenced groove, SEED explores a blend of genres through both original music and arrangements.

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Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive saxophone sounds in jazz and is revered by a great many jazz fans, having made his name with John Coltrane’s spiritually-driven expressionistic ensembles of the mid-60s. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be raw and abrasive. Yet, his later music is guided by more graceful concerns and has embraced wider resources, from free to mainstream; some of his best work is his most accessible. As a mature artist, Sanders has discovered a hard-edged lyricism that has served him well.

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