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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.
Directed by Scott Stroman, the London Jazz Orchestra is "as fine a band as you can find anywhere" (Independent) and these up-close-and-personal sessions showcase great writing and soloing from a band that includes many of London’s top musicians, as well as new talents.
This month the LJO is joined by the award-winning Guildhall Jazz Band to play the fantastic music of Pete Saberton, as we prepare to record of all his works. In addition to being a fantastic pianist, Sabbo was one of Europe's most innovative writers, creating music of power, wit, and charm, and becoming a firm favourite of fans of the LJO. He was also a musician's musician, and all the top LJO stars will be there, generously donating their services to celebrate Sabbo in concert. Be there to hear it, up-close-and-personal!
Fri, 11 - Sun, 13 Oct
Çiğdem Aslan’s (pronounced Cheedem) debut album Mortissa is a magical journey though popular and less well-known repertoire of smyrniac rebetiko, the so-called ‘Blues of the Aegean’. Greek and Turkish songs from 1920s and 30s are brought to life in sparkling arrangements by a gorgeous new voice that is full of character and passion, evoking times past with fresh style.
"a voice and a half: typically high and pure Mediterranean tones, undercut with a no-nonsense from the heart passion." fRoots Magazine
"sultry and scintillating" Clash Magazine
"a fresh, natural and relaxed performer with a beautiful voice" Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine
Performing with top instrumentalists from the vibrant Greek and Turkish scene in London, Aslan will enchant you and transport you to the turquoise Aegean sea, to a bustling Greek market full of wheelers and dealers, to a lively Istanbul ‘Café Aman’ and hidden-away harem, or a Turkish bandit’s hideout amongst the hills, with tales of love and loss, high hopes and broken dreams. These songs bear a strong affinity to the charming small-town world of South West Anatolia created by Louis de Bernierès in his book Birds Without Wings.
With DJs playing Greek and Turkish traditional music till late to let us take you to a typical 'Cafe Aman' Istanbul/Athens style!
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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