EFG London Jazz Festival: Tenor Madness w/ Ruben Fox, Theo Erskine & Mussinghi Brian Edwards
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 Sunday 14th November 2021 it is with great pleasure that we welcome Tenor Madness to the living room stage!
About the artists
Tenors overrunning the stage. Pure madness.
The night of tenors. Three non-identical and outstanding saxophonists, with distinctive voices bowing deeply to Sonny Rollins and his seminal album.
Ruben Fox, born and bred in London now a Harlem resident brings sophisticated sound and real knack for ballads. Tenacious and diligent with exceptional technique, he gained recognition and accolades from some heavyweights, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Albert Heath, George Coleman, Roy Ayers, Barry Harris and Johnny O’Neal. He also toured and recorded with Jon Batiste, Mwenso and the Shakes, Mark Kavuma, Russell Hall and Reuben James.
Theo Erskine is from Bristol. Trinity Laban graduate, now settled in London and operating from his own recording studio. Muscular tone and un-compromising perspective Theo blows his saxophone with conviction and attitude, following the path firmly indented by The Scientist, The Newk and Trane. Associated with Oscar Jerome Band, he was also seen and heard performing at Montreal Jazz Festival and Glastonbury.
Mussinghi Brian Edwards is the grandmaster of calm. He walked this earth long before the other two took their first steps in jazz. London native, while still in his teens Brain was involved with Jazz Warriors and Jazz Jamaica and later toured with Assad and Salif Keita. This seasoned and very well informed tenor giant and tender soul is a songbird, crafting his lines with grace and elegance, nodding low to Wayne Shorter.
The crowd of tenors will be joined by a rare but marvellous and unrivalled rhythm support unit: Artie Zaitz* on Hammond Organ and Jason Brown* on drums.
(*see Zaitz & Kavuma 19th November and Cohen & Kavuma Quintet 20th November)
Ruben Fox – tenor saxophone
Theo Erskine – tenor saxophone
Mussinghi Brian Edwards – tenor saxophone
Artie Zaitz – Hammond C-3 Organ
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