EFG London Jazz Festival: Rachael Cohen & Mark Kavuma Quintet
About the EFG London Jazz Festival
The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November, which has long been acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the Festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK’s landmark music events. Following an exceptional digital edition last year, EFG London Jazz Festival returns with a programme of live performances by an electrifying lineup of global stars, special collaborations, and the finest and freshest music. On Saturday 20th November 2021 it is with great pleasure that we welcome Rachael Cohen & Mark Kavuma Quintet to the living room stage!
About the artists
Long-awaited and long-overdue collusion between these two leaders of their generation.
These two kept bumping into each other on various stages. The time has come to submerge and traverse the smooth combination of Rachel’s creamy alto saxophone and Mark’s velvety trumpet.
From the Shetland Islands, Rachel Cohen is an alumni of Birmingham Conservatoire, and now amongst the top alto players produced in this country. Signed to Whirlwind Recordings, her debut album “Halftime” became top ten Jazz records of 2014 in Mojo Magazine. She’s a prolific composer and stands at the front of her own ensembles. I can’t help it but hear echos of Paul Desmond and Lee Konitz in every phrase and when she draws out fine and inspired statements.
Mark would be playing a line and in the midst of it he comes to an abrupt halt. Follows with a violent eruption of unequivocal and rapid high tide, always keeping the listener on edge. And on it goes. His ability to narrate solo passages is striking. A wave to his biggest hero Kenny Dorham is clear and evident. Mark’s pure tone with as much sweetness to it as there is rage and fury.
(*see Zaitz & Kavuma 19th Nov, The Banger Factory 21st Nov)
Reinforced here with a well built classic rhythm section with Orrian Evans on piano, Jack Garside on double bass and our own New Yorker Jason Brown of Pat Martino, Joey DeFrancesco and Monty Alexander fame, on drums.
Rachel Cohen – alto saxophone
Mark Kavuma – trumpet
Orrian Evans – piano
Jack Garside – bass
Jason Brown – drums
Secondary act: DJ Jake Snakestone Zaitz
A pair of decks for a guitar, spinning his eclectic set of groovers.
Jake Zaitz is an internationally renowned guitarist, record producer, writer, avid record collector and Snakestone Records founder. For the past two decades, he toured the globe with The Queen of British Blues Dana Gillespie as well as performed and recorded with some of the most revered names on the blues and rock scene, Mick Jagger, Joe Louis Walker, Don Fagan, Pee Wee Ellis, Shemekia Copeland and many others.
He has been a featured DJ with the Banger Factory at their ongoing residency at Brixton’s POW since 2015.
DJ Snakestone builds his sets around the focal point of each event or night. His acute familiarity of musical retro styles, remarkable expertise and musicianship allows him to shape his sets on the go, masterfully controlling the temperature on the dance floor. From high energy bangers to lounge groovers and anything in between.
His eclectic LP collection will take you from hardest grooving bop and soul-jazz cuts to hippest 60s mod smashers, Motown soul and R&B to funkiest disco exciters. He is no stranger to exotic spins and suspenseful twangers with heavy leanings on to Latin sensations.
Jake Snakestone Zaitz – turntables