Preview: Shabaka Hutchings’s ONE FEST @ EartH Hackney (London; Saturday 14th March 2020)

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Shabaka Hutchings has dominated and towered over British jazz since first bursting onto the scene with Sons of Kemet somewhere around 2015. Building on each album and project, it is fair to say Shabaka is now an international star. His defining, siren-like saxophone sound can be heard at festivals and clubs at sold out venues all over the world.

For this show at Earth, he has collaborated with One Fest, an important charity that works with emerging young talent, offering genuine work experience to practitioners, performers and music industry professionals. The charity takes over Earth for the whole day, hosting workshops, talks and panel discussions for young professionals. Covering vital themes like mental health to practical advice such as funding, it is an invaluable opportunity to anyone who is hoping to break into the industry.

The day sets up for an evening of music curated by Shabaka himself, bringing in elders and new talent alike. Nat Birchall will bring his brand of dynamic spiritual jazz, while Tom Skinner will provide a fast paced drum beat for Herbert and Okumu to jam over. The evening also makes room for Tomorrow’s Warriors band String Ting, who will perform full string adaptations of classic jazz.

An exciting event, supporting the future of the local music scene, and a stellar line up of young and old musicians, offering a range of voices from the jazz world.

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