Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis

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A rare chance to see the two jazz innovators reunite, combining Masekela's exuberant horns with Willis's elegant pianos solos.

 

Larry Willis and Hugh Masekela met whilst studying at Manhattan School of Music in the 1960s. The artistic freedom they experienced in New York, inspired their music making and their activism as Masekela became a leading figure in the fight against apartheid in his home country.

 

Masekela's music has a distinctly African, more relaxed feel, whether on his political pop or experimental jazz; Willis's is ambitious, frantic free jazz, inextricably linked to New York.

 

'Damn, do they swing!' - Rolling Stone

 

We've just announced that Vula – the voice of Basement Jaxx - will play a special opening set. Hailing from Hackney, the singer and songwriter has lent her talents to the likes of Adele, Dizzee Rascal, Laura Mvula and Sam Smith, to name but a few, and took part in the EFG London Jazz Festival opening gala, Jazz Voice, last year.

 

'Mixed searing neo-soul proclamations with graceful jazzlike variations, she made the classic R&B ballad Brand New sound exactly that' - The Guardian

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