Monday 19th April
As we welcome in the new year, our doors are still closed to live audiences but we can still give you some live music. The show will be at 8pm BST. The live stream will appear live here so simply bookmark this page. It is also available directly from our Facebook and our YouTube channel.
Donations: it is important in these uncertain times that these sessions remain free for all to view for now, so we are funding these entirely through donations - please make a donation so we can keep producing these for you, support our artists and live music - thank you!
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LINE-UP: RACHAEL COHEN alto sax; MARK KAVUMA trumpet; DESCHANEL GORDON piano; DAN CASIMIR double bass; SHANE FORBES drums
Rachael Cohen is one the most sought-after players on the London Jazz scene. She presents the thrilling frontline spectacle of Lee Morgan and Jackie McLean in this special show.
"Jackie and Lee: a Hardbop Dynamic Duo" features the mid-1960s Blue Note recordings of alto saxophonist Jackie McLean and trumpeter Lee Morgan. Both veterans of Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers, McLean and Morgan joined in the studio on several occasions to produce some of the most searing hardbop records Blue Note ever put out. Their trenchant, biting attack, an ability to convey a kind of street lyricism, and a sardonic humour in Morgan‘s approach coupled with an edgy pathos in McLean‘s led jazz writer David Rosenthal to call them "a frontline match made in hardbop heaven."
Following the success of her debut release on Whirlwind, Rachael was the first female instrumentalist to be signed to the UK label, Rachael impressed with her ‘strikingly original compositions’. She is a player of the ‘cool school’ of players with her ‘lyrical and controlled phrasing while improvising’, the ability to shape her phrases expressively’.
‘Cohen dances over her own unpredictable chord structures with articulacy and wit, elegantly blending Desmond's cool, Konitz's quirk and Coleman's lyrical astringency.’ MOJO
‘Rachael Cohen has the cool cerebral sound and approach to improvisation of Lee Konitz or Paul Desmond but the record has a contemporary feel rather than a nostalgic one. It manages to be cool and swing at the same time. Amazon review