Preview: Total Refreshment Centre & Blue Note – Artists & Repertoire @ Southbank Centre (London; Friday 15th November 2019)

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This year at the EFG London Jazz Festival two institutions of jazz are meeting for one special show. The legendary back catalogue of Blue Note Records, one of the most important labels in jazz history will be reimagined by a collection of artists from the orbit of modern jazz community, Total Refreshment Centre. Curated by TRC’s founder, Lexus Blondin, the night will showcase London’s jazz talent and bring the community spirit of TRC to the Royal Festival Hall.

Blue Notes repertoire stretches from the early days of Hank Mobley in the 50s, through the classic period of jazz, recording artists such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis, all the way to modern classics like Ambrose Akinmusire. You can expect a full range of music played by some of the most exciting artists in London. If you were lucky enough to attend the Total Refreshment Centre’s event at the Barbican you know that TRC, despite being closed for a year now, can still deliver some of the finest musicians in London.

Set in a concert hall will lose some of the intimacy of a more local TRC event, but it will be made up for by the grandiose of the event. The crisp and booming sound, the charismatic stage presence of the artists and the sense of excitement over the collaboration of two jazz giants.

In an already busy week, this show stands out as a must-see at the EFG London Jazz Festival. An original collaboration that brings together the old and the new, showcasing music and artist from across the diverse spectrum of jazz.

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