As we approach the 20’s again 100 years later, George Hudson is determined lead a rebrand of the 20’s ‘Jazz Age’ which heavily influenced art, music, design and fashion. Niamh Kealey reports…
Four years ago, George Hudson founded The Piano Bar Soho, driven by a passion for jazz and blues music. In a neighbourhood central to national jazz music, the intimate live music venue held its own against long-standing behemoths and world-famous classics. A year later, George extended the venue to accommodate a label and recording studio aimed at developing ‘jazzers’, and nurturing talent. He also founded Soho.Live with two producers.
A century on
Now, George takes his love of music even further; “Nearly 100 years after the first movement, we’re entering a New Jazz Age” he comments, announcing Soho.Live Jazz Week, from 14 – 17 September. It will combine the legendary jazz clubs of Soho to showcase over 250 artists, across 45 ticketed shows, in different venues.
Soho.Live Jazz Week will be a window to exciting times for the genre and its audiences. Regarding the motivation behind the event, George says: “There’s definitely a revival taking place, the jazz spirit is back in Soho again!” Although jazz is as ageless as it is timeless, jazz musicians, explains George, are getting younger.
Great musicians in abundance
Soho.Live’s array of artists include genre-bending Ashley Henry, whose brew of influences include jazz, grime, hip hop and punk and jazz and soul songstress, Cherise Adams-Burnett. Among a host of talent from the international music scene includes multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Mo Pleasure, who has performed with the likes of Ray Charles and Mary J Blige.
Soho has long been a crucial spot on the international jazz scene, celebrated for its intimate venues and creating space for innovation from visionary artists. Soho.Live Studios, launches its Jazz Week in this tradition, encouraging experimentation that gives life to live music.
Where to enjoy it
Venues taking part in this year’s Soho.Live Jazz Week are many. These include famed neighbourhood favourites The Piano Bar Soho, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Spice of Life, 100 Wardour Street and Century Club. Plus L’Escargot Club, Ain’t Nothing But the Blues, Quo Vadis Members Club and The Court Club. Bills Restaurant Soho, Hotel Cafe Royal, Japes Restaurant, My Place, Yamaha Music London and Soho Theatre will also be hosting.
Early release tickets offer exceptional value
Soho.Live Jazz Week shows will feature familiar names, alongside emerging jazz stars. An exclusive early release JamBand ticket is available now for only £35 (general release price £65). This allows full access to the late-night Jazz Jams all week, and VIP access to the Saturday Jazz Jam. The Saturday Jazz Jam will close the week with a free entry, five-hour jam session. This will feature over a hundred musicians at the Piano Bar Soho.
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