10th January 2019

January, especially in London, is looking more enticing than ever. With live album recordings, awards shows, on stage Q&As and album releases — oh, and have we mentioned our own debut show with Ruby Rushton? — here’s the dates to add to your calendar this month. 

New York Winter Jazz Fest

4-12 January

The JuJu Exchange, Ezra Collective and local talent Samora Pinderhughes are amongst the artists performing at this year’s Winter Jazz Fest. If you’re a Jazz fan with a romantic vision of the Big Apple in the big snow, then early January will always be your best time to visit.


Nérija trombonist Rosie Turton releases her debut EP, ‘Rosie’s 5ives’

11 January

Landing on the increasingly impressive discography of the Jazz re:freshed label, Rosie Turton reveals her 5ives EP, inspired by travels in India and heightened by a band that includes Johanna Burnheart on violin and Maisha’s Jake Long on drums. It’s a door-opening debut. She’s the guest on our first podcast of 2019, with a conversation recorded in October 2018.


Bleep × The Wire: Shabaka Hutchings (Q&A)

13 January

Diverse music magazine The Wire takeover Bleep this month, the Dalston-based record store, with a series of live performances and talks. It’s the event on 13 January which has most eagerly caught our eye, where Shabaka Hutchings will be the feature of an hour long Q&A. Even better news? It’s free, so prepare to arrive early. Doors open at midday with the interview kicking off at 1PM.


Gilles Peterson hosts his annual Worldwide Awards

19 January

KOKOROKO, Children of Zeus and rising DJ HAAi are amongst performers at this year’s Worldwide Awards. If you’re new to it, imagine the BRIT Awards for BBC 6music lovers, splashed with an adoration for black music, brought to life with full sets as opposed to single track performances. The eight hour event is a heartfelt sprint through the best of 2018, all hosted by Gilles Peterson. Expect surprise guests. 


King Hippo brings select sounds to London’s Brilliant Corners

20 January

Our favourite Chicago broadcaster, Lumpen Radio’s King Hippo, brings an expertly curated set, ‘The Sounds of Togetherness’, to Brilliant Corners. The Japanese bar, restaurant and audiophile venue will be warmed by jazz, soul and various outernational sounds. Navigate his music tastes via his Bandcamp profile


Vula Viel release their new album, ‘Do Not Be Afraid’

25 January

The trio, fronted by gyil player Bex Burch, get catchy and alternative with their second record, ‘Do Not Be Afraid’. Heavily inspired by Ghanaian music (the gyil is a kind of instrument made predominantly of wood and played traditionally at funerals to lift the spirits), Vula Viel have a vivid, meaningful and wildly celebratory outlook.


Live in the Library: Sans Soucis + Nina Fine

25 January

Two female artists are preparing themselves for a memorable 2019; vocalists Sans Soucis and Nina Fine. Both broadening themselves from a starting point of jazz and soul, they will be playing a Friday night at Poplar Union. With both of them revealing new releases this year, this show will be an early glimpse of what’s to come from the rising talents. Not feeling too spenny? Tickets are only £3, with a £10 pizza and drink offer on the table, too.


Steamdown record their debut album live

26 January

The Deptford Collective maintain their underground originality despite their successes becoming anything but hidden; they’ve been celebrated in The New York Times, and member Nadeem Din Gabisi features on Sampa the Great’s most recent single ‘Energy’ — the Australian artists’s intrigue converted to fandom and collaboration upon seeing Steamdown perform at their homebase of Buster Mantis in Deptford. At the Albany Pub, they will continue their diasporic explorations via jazz, grime, spoken word and more, with their first live album recording. Bring layers, it’ll be sweaty.


Supreme Standards presents their first live show with Ruby Rushton and Emma-Jean Thackray

31 January

For Supreme Standards’ first ever live show, we’re presenting two jazz acts that have been hugely influential in elevating London’s scene. The alluringly distinct Ruby Rushton —fronted by flautist Tenderlonious — will be performing a shuffling set of movers and thinkers. The South London band will be supported by a solo show from Emma-Jean Thackray, an artist who turns the recording process upside down, having created her most recent EP ‘Ley Lines’ independently. Supreme Standards DJs will be playing out lovingly chosen tracks between and after sets. Tickets are running low, tuck in

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