Preview: Walthamstow Jazz Festival @ Walthamstow Assembly Hall (London; Saturday 16th February 2019)

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Looking to indulge us further in the current jazz scene revelry, Byrd Out and Waltham Forest Council will by debuting the very first Walthamstow Jazz Festival. Set in the iconic arts venue of Walthamstow Assembly Hall, the event will have two stages and will host both live performances and DJ sets.

The infamous drummer Ginger Baker will be headlining the day-long festival with Jazz Confusion. Often seen as one of the bad boys of seventies rock n roll, he’s known not only for his short-fused temper but his exceptional percussive skills. Aside from his time in rock band Cream, he also hotfooted around Africa, learning tribal rhythms and jamming with Fela Kuti.

The lineup also includes the cosmic Cykada, one of our favourite London world jazz bands. Mixing electronic and acoustic, African and European, no corner of the music sphere is left un-contemplated. The result is a dance-heavy mashup of freedom.

Northern seven-piece Têtes de Pois and the legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen will bring their own interpretations of afrobeat back to back. The former will be bringing tight hypnotic groove infused with hip-hop and neo-soul, while the king of afrobeat Tony Allen will remind us how he can groove effortlessly for hours if left unbounded.

The bill also sees performances from up-and-coming artists such as fusion band PYJAEN, trumpeter Emma-Jean Thackray and saxophonist Binker Golding.

Based on the potent line-up, this is bound to be an enthusiastic entry into the realm of festivities. This is a house party for both old and new jazz lovers.

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