Soho.Live Jazz Week - Friday September 13th

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Mo Pleasure

Event Time: To be announced soon

Yamaha Music London, Wardour St.

Yamaha Music London presents a store drop-in of soul and pop legend Mo Pleasure, American multi-instrumentalist, composer and Musical Director, Morris “Mo” Pleasure has been at the forefront of American popular music for the last three decades and his CV reads like a ‘Who’s Who?’ of popular music. Meet Mo in person, and see him perform inside central London’s oldest and largest music store as part of Soho.Live Jazz Week 2019.

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This is an in-store pop-up performance, so tickets are not required, follow our instagram account for up-to date information about this event.

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Quentin Collins Electric Quartet

September 13, 2019 - 10:00 pm

Japes, Dean St.

"A Trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach.” MOJO Magazine.

Brought up around the sounds of jazz by a music loving father, Quentin had seen many of the greats by a young age, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton & Dave Brubeck. This had a profound influence upon his decision to become a professional musician. 

In 20 years as a professional Quentin has established himself as one of the UK’s top Jazz/Commercial trumpeters, having performed, toured & recorded with a plethora of internationally renowned artists across many genres. These include Fred Wesley, Gregory Porter, Mark Ronson, Kyle Eastwood, Omar, Basement Jaxx, Roy Ayers, Alicia Keys, Dennis Rollins and Mulatu Astatke. 

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Louise Messenger sings “Ella at Zardi’s”

September 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Bills Restaurant, Brewer St.

It's 1956, and you're all dressed up about to step into Zardi's Jazzland to spend an evening listening to the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald sing live.

For two week's over the summer of '56, Ella headlined this famous Hollywood nightspot. On the final night they rolled the tape and caught the whole gig - a rare glimpse into what it was like to be in an intimate jazz club with arguably the most famous jazz singer of them all - joking, forgetting words, taking requests, talking to the audience. Then for 60 years the tapes lie hidden in the vault at Verve records.

Join acclaimed jazz vocalist Louise Messenger as they recreate in it's entirety this magical lost Ella album. A night of swinging jazz not to be missed!

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This is a performance inside Bills Restaurant, so tickets are not required. However advance reservations for dinning are recommended from soho.live/bills

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Kitty la Roar Trio

September 13, 2019 - 9:30 pm

Soho Theatre, Dean St.

“When Kitty sings, music stops to listen”

Stylish London singer Kitty LaRoar debuts her new trio at Soho Jazz Festival, singing, scatting and free-styling at the drums. The band will be showcasing original compositions from the album Valentine's Eve, as well as original lyrics to the music of Monk, Ellington, Strayhorn and Sonny Rollins. 

Originally inspired by Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Kitty La Roar's unique talents are not just as silky voiced songstress, scat-singer and drummer. She has an spellbinding ability to freestyle lyrics to melody on the spot, telling stories that are not only relevant to the song she is singing, but often weaving in references to life, love, nature, politics, current events, and even to people in the audience. The trio performs highly original songs by Kitty and her pianist Nick Shankland and although the genre is clearly jazz, this unpredictable and eclectic music entrances and engages the audience.

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Tickets are available direct from the Soho Theatre box office, please click the link below for more information.

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Andy Davies Quintet

September 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Ronnie Scotts, Frith St.

Piano Bar Soho regular Andy Davies, comes from Swansea in South Wales.  Now based in London he regularly performs with jazz artists such as Ian Shaw, Gwyneth Herbert, Gary Crosby, Tomorrows Warriors, Nu Troop. He regularly plays across Londons main jazz venues as well hosting the prestigious Ronnie Scott's Late Night Jam Session every Wednesday.

He leads the Andy Davies Quintet which is a showcase for his composing. They have toured Japan, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the UK. He has done pop session work with artists such as Will Young, McFly and appeared on television shows The Paul OGrady Show and The Michael Parkinson Show.

As part of Soho.Live Jazz Week, Andy debuts his new record: “Rise Of The Spidermonkey”- an explosion of catchy originals & reworked jazz classics displaying his savage bebop skills and world-class trumpet mastery. The album features an all star cast of award-winning musicians including Benet McLean (Violin), Nathan Britton (Piano), Daniel Casimir (Upright Bass) & Saleem Raman (Drums).

This event is part of Ian Shaw’s Ronnie’s early show.

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Tickets are available direct from the Ronnie Scott’s box office, please click the link below for more information.

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Mo Pleasure All Stars

September 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm

The Court, Kingly St.

One of the greatest multi-instrumentalists of his generation Morris "Mo" Pleasure has been at the forefront of American popular music for the last 30 years. A child prodigy, he began on piano at the age of 4 and by his early teens was also performing on bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin! After gaining a BA in Music in the mid 80's, Mo began his professional career playing with Ray Charles before moving in to the studios, including work with the likes of George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan and Roberta Flack amongst many others. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, ascending to become the band’s musical director from 1994-2001. 

He was featured with Janet Jackson, played keyboards and trumpet with Boney James and is currently MD for the iconic Bette Midler. Mo was also approached by Michael Jackson to play keyboards in Jackson's last touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic 2009 comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena, which sadly never came to fruition. And if all that wasn't enough he is also a renowned composer and producer. You get the idea, he's pretty special. 

For this special All Stars performance in Soho.Live Jazz Week Mo is joined by Luke Smith, Jamie Michael Harris, Josh McKenzie and Mike Brown alongside several other surprise guests.

Luke Smith is a Keyboardist from Manchester, England, who has worked with numerous world class artists including George Michael, Eric Clapton, Whitney Houston, B. B. King, Phil Collins, Chaka Khan, Lulu, BeBe and CeCe Winans. 

Jamie Michael Harris is a London-based musician, composer and arranger. He has worked with a range of jazz and pop artists including Nile Rodgers, Quincy Jones, Philip Bailey, Ronnie Wood, Sister Sledge, The Pointer Sisters, Maceo Parker, Jimmy Cliff, Heatwave, Sly and Robbie, Omar, Hackney Colliery Band, Jocelyn Brown.

Josh McKenzie best known by his artist name ‘Mcknasty’ is a DJ and Drummer from London and his older brother to Labrinth. Mcknasty has working with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Lady Gaga, Tiny Tempah and Wretch 32 and is the host of one of London’s most exciting jam nights “Fireball sessions” at Pop Brixton. 

Mike Brown has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Chaka Khan, Denise Williams, Nile Rogers, Leona Lewis too name a few but he is probably best known for being approached by George Michael to play guitar for him between 2006-2010!

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West Weston's Bluesonics

September 13, 2019 - 9:30 pm

Ain't Nothin But Blues Bar, Kingly St.

For many years at the forefront of the European Blues scene, Weston is a charismatic front man, vocalist and musician. He is widely acclaimed as the UK's finest exponent of Chicago Blues harmonica. With a hard, tight, authentic Chicago style, the band deliver a combination of dynamic vocals, swinging harp and beautifully flowing guitar shuffles (from special guest Paul Garner).

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This is a performance inside the Ain't Nothin But Blues Bar, so tickets are not required, entry charges may be in affect by the venue after 8:30pm

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Late Night Jazz Jam feat. Richard Hadfield & the Liam Stevens Trio

September 13 2019 - 10:00 pm

Soho Joes, D'Arblay St.

Number one album selling vocalist and game changer to the UK music scene, Richard Hadfield joins the Liam Stevens Trio for fantastic vocal led jazz jam.

Come down to experience this ultimate “jazz hang” with the house band and the other performers taking part in this years festival late until the early hours. JamBand holders can access the jam complimentary, purchase your JamBand for this and other perks at soho.live/jamband.

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DJ Brando Walker feat. Tashomi Balfour

September 13, 2019 - 8:30 pm

Ziggy’s Bar, Hotel Café Royal, Air St.

London based DJ and Soho.Live Studios resident producer Brando Walker has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to reading the room and keeping crowds dancing for hours on end, he’s a perfect addition to the sitting of Ziggy’s Hotel Cafe Royal’s own David Bowie themed cocktail bar.

The son of a nightclub owner, Brando started his DJ career at the age of 7 playing daytime sets in the downstairs bar. Fast forward to 20 years later and Brando has played at private events for the likes of Harry Styles, Noel Fielding, and Jamie Cullum, to name a few, and in exclusive members clubs such as The Groucho Club, Club 16 and Century Club. For Soho.Live Jazz Week he’s joined with Studio Band regular Tashomi Balfour.

Tashomi Balfour is a Saxophonist out of the UK whose style is comprised of and draws influence from Afro and Jazz fusion as well Reggae and Trap. Mixed with DJ beats from Brando his tasteful & expressive playing make for dazzling & high impact performance.

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This is a performance inside the Ziggy’s Bar, so tickets are not required. Table service for Cocktails and Drinks is available for all guests, and guests are required to follow the Hotel’s dress code.