Doors 7:45 PM, Music 8:30 PM – 2 set(s) of music
Evie Hill – Voice
Ben Lawrence – Piano
Alex Wardill – Saxophone
Ollie Bailey – Bass Guitar
Mikey Young – Drums
Northern neo-soul duo Esk launched their debut album ‘People In Their Simplicity’ in September. Following a sold out performance at Pizza Express Live Holborn, they’re excited to play for the very first time at the Vortex Jazz Club.
Known for their ‘beautifully-crafted songs of deceptive simplicity’, emerging artists Evie Hill and Ben Lawrence combine the rural soundscapes in which they grew up with the jazz influences they discovered later in life. Heavily influenced by D’Angelo, Moonchild, Bon Iver, and J Dilla, audiences can expect a night of neo-soul drum grooves, subtle vocals, head-nodding basslines and uplifting solos.
People In Their Simplicity is an album of contrasts: rural and city life, the conflict between fear and desire, the blurred line between tradition and the new. This synthesising quality is Esk’s superpower, giving their music a nostalgic air whilst refreshing the neo-soul and jazz canon.
With performances at Pizza Express Live Holborn, Jazz@PizzaExpress Soho, Newcastle Jazz Cafe, and Jazz Cafe Posk behind them, the duo will be touring their new album throughout 2023 and 24.