The HeadsUp series, curated by Kasia Kawalek, brings to PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho the best of the next generation of London-based jazz artists.
Jack Stephenson-Oliver Trio + Roella Oloro Quintet at PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho
Jack Stephenson-Oliver is the founder of rising stars, Vels Trio, and as keyboard player for artists such as Poppy Ajudha and Charlotte dos Santos. Jack’s usual sound world comprises of a variety of electric and synth-soaked music. This show will be a chance to see him returning to the purity of the piano. The Roella Oloro Quintet will be bringing a vibrant set of jazz, funk and gospel infusion to PizzaExpress Soho! Her music is not only greatly inspired by her Afro-Carribean roots but also by jazz greats such as Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock. Each tune is a unique chapter in the story that makes up her London journey so far.
Jack Stephenson-Oliver is the founder of rising modern jazz band Vels Trio and pianist for artists such as Poppy Ajudha and Charlotte dos Santos.
His electric trio 'Vels Trio' was nominated in 2017 for Jazz Album of the year for the Worldwide Awards, an incredibly prestigious award championed by Giles Peterson. While carving a path in the modern jazz scene with this band, the pull of acoustic music has always been strong for Jack and last year he decided to start an acoustic trio with two of his favourite musicians, drummer Peter Adam Hill and Bassist Rhys Lovell. This will be the second public gig for this anticipated trio and they will be debuting a variety of new material.
Roella Oloro is a British composer and multi-instrumentalist of Nigerian and Jamaican descent. Her early musical home was in the Pentecostal Church playing piano in regional gospel choirs around south west England, teaching her to play piano by ear alongside her classical training in piano, clarinet, alto saxophone and bass guitar. She became inspired by jazz in her early teens after hearing the virtuosic brilliance of Oscar Peterson. She now studies at Trinity Laban and is a member of Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline, which has seen her perform throughout the London jazz scene, as well as regularly attending jams at Ronnie Scott’s, The Haggerston, Troy Bar and Steamdown amongothers. Having spent the summer at Berklee College of Music under the mentorship of renowned drummer Terri Lyne-Carrington, she was offered a full scholarship to study there. As a composer she has written for a variety of different ensembles, including a piece for big band that was played at the Royal Albert Hall.