What a brilliant night of jazz at the Barbican in London. Two amazing artists showed the future of Jazz music curated by BBC 6 music DJ Gilles Peterson. It was the hottest ticket in town!!
First up on stage was GoGo Penguin a British band who recently got signed to Blue Note records. The members are from Manchester featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner.
It was the first time I had seen them live and they were excellent with mix of jazz and dance. The dancers were choreographed by Lynee Page so the music became jazz dance like a return to the 80s jazz dance. Certainly a welcome return ☺.
Find out more about the band and where they are playing on the links below plus more photographs on my Flickr.
The main act Kamasi Washington was next with his band certainly lived up to the billing. Brilliant jazz from the saxophone to the piano to the singing and the drums. He even had his dad play the flute on one of the tracks.
Kamasai is from America and this was his debut performance in London. He played tracks from his album called Epic on the Brainfeeder record label. Traditional jazz definitely meets the future my album of the year. He had Brandon Coleman on keyboards, Miles Mosley superb on bass, Rickey Washington on flute. Tony Austin & Robert Junior on drums they were amazing, Ryan Porter on trombone & the delightful voice of Patrice Quinn.
Thanks to Gilles for putting this on and for Kamasai for staying around for pictures and signings 🙂 Look forward to next year at royal Albert hall with a full orchestra.
The above photo is of me Kamasi and his Dad Rickey. Below are some links to the artists check them out. Plus some more photographs I took on my Flickr.