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Blow the Fuse presents Yazz Ahmed Quartet + Nubya Garcia and Sheila Maurice-Grey Quintet

Blow the Fuse continues their celebrated TOMORROW THE MOON IV season at the Vortex – double bills  featuring some of the UK’s finest, original contemporary jazz all led by women. One small step for woman…

Yazz Ahmed Quartet
Yazz will be performing a programme of original compositions exploring the music of her Arabic heritage, contrasted with the British jazz from the 1950s which she was introduced to by her grandfather, jazz trumpeter, Terry Brown.

Yazz’s Grandfather was a successful jazz trumpet player in the 50’s and worked with some of Britain’s best jazz musicians of all time – including Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and the original John Dankworth Seven. Yazz picked up the trumpet inspired by the music and stories Terry shared with her.

Yazz has played alongside a number of internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Rufus Reid, Laurence Cottle, and Sir John Dankworth.

She has recorded and performed with Radiohead, Jack Penate, the Manic Street Preachers, the Urban Soul Orchestra, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the London Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Jamaica.

Yazz Ahmed Trumpet / Flugelhorn • Chris Montague Guitar • Dave Manington Bass Guitar • Asaf Sirkis Drums
The Nubya Garcia and Sheila Maurice-Grey Quintet

A collaboration between highly acclaimed young musicians Nubya Garcia and Sheila Maurice-Grey, exploring the music of Joe Henderson, John Coltrane and Kenny Dorham.

Nubya Garcia
Having studied with Jean Toussaint, Julian Siegel, and Tomorrow’s Warriors, Nubya is developing a promising career for herself on the London music scene, performing with prestigious acts such as Polar Bear and Jazz Jamaica, as well as being member of Nérija (nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year Award). Recent performances include supporting Christian Scott with the Theon Cross Trio in the EFG London Jazz Festival, Sister Sledge at the Women of the World Festival and Jazz Jamaica All Stars at Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Sheila Maurice-Grey
Sheila Maurice-Grey is a jazz trumpeter based in London and is now a part of the ‘Tomorrow’s Warriors Development Programme’ alumni, originally founded by Gary Crosby OBE. Sheila is a member of NU Civilisation Orchestra and Jazz Jamaica All Stars. Alongside this Sheila regularly performs in ‘Nérija’ and her own band KOKOROKO’.

BTF would like to thank the the PRS for Music Foundation for their support.

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