Ealing Jazz Festival announced its full line-up of performers this week. Joining the already impressive list is the multi-talented Gwyneth Herbert (pictured).
Herbert has released a string of critically successful albums as well as composing the score for ‘The A – Z of Mrs P’ at the Southwark Playhouse, for which she was awarded Stiles & Drewe Song of the Year Award.
Tickets for Ealing Jazz Festival, which will take place on 28–29 July at London’s Walpole Park, are on sale now. You can see the full line-up further down this story.
High on the bill for Saturday’s South Stage will be the frenetic sounds of Armed KwaLu. The group is made up of Joe Armon-Jones – a talented jazz pianist who performs alongside Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia and Mr Jukes – and South London beat aficionado Wu-Lu. Heading up the group is Kwake Bass, an expert drummer and dynamic vocalist who has worked with Sampha, Kate Tempest and Shabaka Hutchings.
Bringing a more bombastic edge to the festival will be London-based 10-piece ensemble Dat Brass performing their debut album ‘Half Time’, fusing thumping bass lines, pounding drums and deft hip-hop lyricism.
Further new additions to the line-up include veteran jazz vocalist Norma Winstone, whose career has spanned more than 50 years; the sax-driven melodies of the Andrew McKay Quartet; and the smooth Italian sounds of the Maurizio Grondona Group. Previously announced artists include afro-beat pioneer Tony Allen, MOBO Award winning singer Zara McFarlane and some of the UK’s creative jazz acts like Nérija, Vels Trio and TriForce.
To showcase the talent that will be on display at Ealing Jazz Festival, there will be an intimate preview event hosted by stage host PizzaExpress Live at its flagship Dean Street venue on 6 June, featuring TriForce and Keith Waithe and the Macusi Players. Tickets for this special event are £15 and will be available from here. Since the late 1960s, PizzaExpress Live have hosted some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Amy Winehouse and Van Morrison, in their iconic venues. As part of their continued support for jazz music, PizzaExpress Live will be curating Sunday’s South Stage, featuring multi-instrumentalist Gwyneth Herbert, expert ensemble The Beat Goes On, jazz fusion group TriForce, piano virtuoso Harry Bolt and his Quartet and bold brass collective Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline.
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Ealing Jazz Festival
Walpole Park, W5 5HS
Tickets available now
Advance tickets: £5.50 per day or £11 for the weekend
On the day tickets: £7 before 3pm and £10 thereafter, or £12 for the weekend.
Full Ealing Jazz Festival line-up
Tony Allen / Zara McFarlane / Gwyneth Herbert / Armed KwaLu / Vels Trio / Nérija / Emily Francis Trio / Emily Saunders / Dat Brass / Harry Bolt Quartet / Keith Waithe & the Macusi Players / Me & My Friends / Norma Winstone / Tantz / The Beat Goes On / The Big Chris Barber Band / TriForce / Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price Quintet / Andy Twyman / Andrew McKay Quartet / Blues Dharma / Danzon / Jenni & Richard / Kate de Freitas & the Babacools / Maurizio Grondona Quartet / Stephen Gray / Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline / Questors Young Musicians Club Jazz Band
Ealing Jazz Festival Preview Event Details
10 Dean St, Soho, W1D 3RW
Show 8.30pm, doors 7pm
Tickets are available from here for £15