Hello Beautiful Souls! Here is another Hello London Blog. This time of a festival I attended this April in Brick Lane. It was the first-ever Jazz Festival weekend in Brick Lane [also my first Jazz Festival ever]. I got to know a lot of [new] artists through this festival [very happy I did] and saw some artists I already knew and enjoyed. If this is happening next year again, count me in!
Shoreditch and Brick Lane is already a [fun] creative place to be. I discovered some great dumplings this weekend, which you can find in another blog; HELLO GEMS | DUMPLINGS.
The first artist I saw was Judi Jackson. Judi had the most breathtaking voice I [ever] heard. Her live performance was just as brilliant and accurate as her voice on the album. She performed at the Roughtrade Record store on Thursday evening. I am super proud to have my first record signed by her. [Yeah] Such a delightful lady she is.
The next night we squeezed in a Nightjar live session. The Nightjar is one of my favourite Vintage cocktail bars in London. The live sessions in the Nightjar are one of a kind. The Cosimo Matassa Project did perform this evening at the Nightjar. I had to purchase their record, called Arabian love call because they were so jazzy. When I am at the Nightjar, it feels like you are back in time, enjoying the music like back in the days. If you go, please try the SoulKiss cocktail, you will [definitely] not regret it.
There were some free Jazz events, next to the paid ones. The Roughtrade Records had a performance of Poppy Adjuda. Cafe 1001 had a lovely saxophonist and DJ performing. Both events were free entrance, but the venues were busy and less enjoyable, maybe because it was for free. [If I am honest]
In the evening, I saw a performance by Cherise in Ninety One. Cherise is a brilliant vocalist – artist. I saw her perform before at the Hidden Jazz Club in Waterloo. Cherise’s performance was lovely as usual. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the venue. The venue was too busy. I had to wait more than 40 minutes for our orders [food and drinks].
Last day of the Jazz Festival, I saw The Bangers Factory at Werkhaus. The Bangers Factory is a brilliant band under the London based trumpeter, composer and bandleader Mark Kavuma. They are [definitely] the highlight of the Brick Lane Jazz Festival [next to Judi Jackson]. Each band member specializes in an instrument. All members had excellent solos. [Of course, ] I had to buy their record as well.
The company and experiences at this Jazz Festival were all great. I enjoyed most of the time and was happy to know so many great artists. My Jazz repertoire got so enriched.
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