EFG London Jazz Festival: William Cleasby
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 Thursday 18th November 2021 it is with great pleasure that we welcome William Cleasby Trio to the living room stage!
About the artist
Drumming tour de force. Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich in one.
Will Cleasby is a jazz drummer and a backbone to the two of the most revered outfits on London’s Jazz Scene today. The Banger Factory and Kansas Smitty’s House Band. Recipient of the highest honours from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where he received his bettering from the likes of Gene Calderazzo and Dave Wickens. You can often bump into Will at premier London venues, Ronnie Scott’s, Vortex and Jazz Cafe, where he may be performing with Judy Jackson or the Grammy-winning and legendary Kurt Elling.
Will is a true tour de force, he is severely ferocious, undeniably conspicuous and spectacular. The room will come to a standstill during his solo sections, followed by standing, maniacal applore.
A pure delight to watch. Ecstatic.
The Three Willis come whole with Will Barry on ivories and Will Sach on bass fiddle. Tonight’s programme will comprise a selection of their favourite tunes and old standards with an exciting, unpredictable and modern spin.
Will Cleasby – drums
Will Barry – piano
Will Sach – bass
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