Monthly Archives: October 2011

London Jazz Review Emma Smith at Boisdale’s Canary Wharf

From News

“One day, it shouldn’t be long, maybe only be three to five years from now, Emma Smith will ( I dream, I hope, I wish…) be singing in supper clubs to audiences which will appreciate her, and her singing. Diners in the Oak Room at the Algonquin in New York, in the Regatta Bar of the Charles Hotel in Boston, in Yoshi’s in Oakland, in Demetriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle… will recognize, understand and like what they hear, and will greet her with loud applause.

Because Emma Smith has the heritage, and is developing the skills to ascend to these temples of the art, and to conquer them. American audiences will hear a singer who has absorbed Billie, Ella, Ernestine Anderson, looks the part, carries the phrase, inhabits the song and communicates it to the manner born…”

Read the full review here

Time Zone “Cuban Night” and Album Launch at Rich Mix

From News

We are launching Time Zone’s latest album “Crossing The Line” next Tuesday with a show at Rich Mix, Shoreditch. The night will feature a mixture of jazz and Cuban music from Time Zone, Ewegbemi Batá Ensemble, DJ Natty Bo, and Fotos de Cuba …

“There is an intriguingly saturnine quality in both the leader’s compositions and the band’s execution, a sense of hard-edged modernity that has a side-winding thrust reminiscent of Dave Holland’s ensemble at times. Time Zone is an ensemble led by a trumpeter/composer who has absorbed the essence of Cuban music and distilled it quite cunningly into an improvisatory context with no compromise to either culture. The result is gritty, graceful sounds with a dark-light intensity.” – Kevin Legendre, Echoes

Loz Speyer – trumpet/flugel

Martin Hathaway – alto sax/bass clarinet

Stefano Kalonaris – guitar/trés

Davide Mantovani – double bass

Maurizio Ravalico – congas

Andy Ball – drums

Tuesday 18th October, 8-11.30pm at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA