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Created and led by Tara Franks
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s)
This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes.
The Convergence Quartet - American Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Canadian Harris Eisenstadt (drums), and the UK pairing of Alexander Hawkins (piano), and Dominic Lash (double bass) - brings together four leaders of a generation of composer-improvisers who draw on a deep range of influences and traditions in their music. All established bandleaders in their own right, the band’s credits also include work, both live and on record, with many seminal names in contemporary jazz: Marshall Allen, Anthony Braxton, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Evan Parker, Mulatu Astatke, Sam Rivers, and Cecil Taylor, to name only a few. Over successive tours, the group have forged their many and varied musical experiences into a uniquely innovative and coherent language, offering as a result a ‘powerful example of 21st-century musical catholicity’ (John Fordham, The Guardian) and ‘moments of magical innovation’ (Paul Medley, The Oxford Times).
Their second album, Song/Dance (Clean Feed) was met with widespread critical acclaim in the US, the UK, and on the European mainland. This evening is their only UK date this year, and sees the launch of their third album ('sheer joy...absolutely phenomenal'), Slow and Steady, on the NoBusiness label, which was recorded Live at the Vortex during their performance as part of the 2011 London Jazz Festival.
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The Vortex Jazz Club
Live Jazz Award winner in the
2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Sat 15 Mar
Thu 20 Mar
Fri 21 Mar
Vortex City Sessions @ Bishopsgate
Sat 22 Mar
Bobby Wellins / Andrew Cleyndert / Paul Harrison / Clark Tracey
Sat 29 Mar
Thu 1 to Sat 3 May
Led Bib - 3 Night Residency