Every now and then, it happens that we chance upon shows that we can’t do otherwise but bless with support. The most recent case is a brand new music series debuting on Thursday the 18th of January at Poplar Union.
Jazz Herstoryaims to give you a new perspective on the dynamic London jazz music scene: a perspective entirely depicting, and depicted by, women.
The series of events – happening on a monthly basis in the East End venue – doesn’t just have an intriguing line-up, hosting some of the most up-and-coming names in the scene, but it also advocates a noble cause, giving more space and exposure, and aiming to: “bring women from the background to a balanced foreground in jazz”.
The series couldn’t debut in a better way, because its first appointment will host on its stage Nérija, a band that can count on no fewer than seven remarkable musicians who are all enriching the British capital sound by broadening its jazz borders, and embracing far-reaching influences (from South African township music to London grime and US hip-hop).
Despite having only released an EP, Nérija have already built a solid reputation in the UK thanks to their spellbinding performances at major festivals and venues. The new album is only a few months away, so their Poplar Union show will be a not-to-be-missed occasion to approach their sound and catch an early preview of their music to come.
Last Sunday we went to The Pickle Factory for the first night of Ovation, a monthly series that will bring the best of contemporary jazz and world music to the intimate East London venue. The events are co-curated by Tom Skinner (Hello Skinny, Matthew Herbert, Owiny Sigoma Band, and Sons…