We open with the stunning Celeste’s Stop This Flame – also music from the fantastic album Afro Rock and introducing you to the music of Mark Murphy and Go Go penguin who is the heavily influenced by Esbjörn Svensson Trio - With music from a reworking of Minnie Ripperton’ Loving You - Marva Josie - Alice Coltrane - Moacir Santos and finishing with Kanasas Smitty's
. African-American funk tropes abound but they’re infused with a whole new palette of polyrhythms and harmonies which lends Afro-funk its distinctive edge.Learn More
Grupo X were formed in London in 1997, by trombonist / composer, Jonny Enright. The 10-piece’s pioneering Latin-soul-jazz sound was developed through performances around the UK, as well as regular appearances at London’s Jazz Cafe. They became backing band of choice for visiting Latin artists, such as West Coast percussionists Johnny Blas and Bobby Matos, Vibesman Dave Pike, Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, “Mr Bongo”Jack Costanzo, Nuyorican trombonist Jimmy Bosch and the King of Latin Soul, Joe Bataan. Grupo X’s rich mix of soulful Latin music has been championed by taste-making DJs including Craig Charles, Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, Huey Morgan, Snowboy, Louie Vega, Bobbito Garcia and Rich Medina. World-wide releases such as Brand New Love, X-Perience, Sunshine and Whatever You Dream (You Can Begin) have established Grupo X as a British band with an international reputation.
Mark Howe Murphy was an American jazz singer based at various times in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and San Francisco. He recorded 51 albums under his own name during his lifetime and was principally known for his innovative vocal improvisations.Learn More
SGJAZZ is a new band led by producer Dr. Dundiff with multi-instrumentalist Idris Frederick, Patrick Denney on bass, Anthony Keenan on guitar, Noah Reed on alto and tenor saxophone, and Reid Gross on trombone. Coming from Louisville, KY, SGJazz is a supergroup of musicians, rooted in Neo-Soul, Jazz, Funk and more.
Minnie Julia Riperton Rudolph was an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You" and her five-octave coloratura soprano range. She is also widely known for her use of the whistle register and has been referred to by the media as the "Queen of the whistle register"Learn More
GoGo Penguin – the instrumental trio from Manchester, England – have fielded plaudits and rave reviews for inspiration and originality at every turn since 2013, when they settled on their dream line-up of Chris Illingworth (piano), Rob Turner (drums) and Nick Blacka (bass). Fusing jazz, classical and electronic influences (amongst others) with a thirst for innovation, they’ve been garlanded as makers of one of the Mercury Prize album of the year (in 2014) and have enjoyed success on record and in the live arena matched by precious few vocal-free groups post-millennium.Learn More
Alice Coltrane, also known by her adopted Sanskrit name Turiyasangitananda or Turiya Alice Coltrane, was an American jazz musician and composer, and in her later years a swamini.Learn More