EFG London Jazz Festival: Zaitz & Kavuma Back to Back
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 Friday 19th November 2021 it is with great pleasure that we welcome Artie Zaitz & Mark Kavuma to the living room stage!
About the artists
The undiscovered formation of instruments in a century old jazz. Sonic delight and a bomb.
A very unique affair. Artie Zaitz is widely known to most as a guitarist, when he’s not touring with Moses Boyd or performing and recording with The Banger Factory or his own groovy outfit, he can be found pulling out all the stops on his 1961 Hammond C-3 named Big Bertha. He’s also executing complex lines on bass pedals, just like organ giants before him. Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Larry Goldings.
Then there’s Mark Kavuma renowned for his fabulously expressive trumpet playing. Mainly heading his brainchild The Banger Factory, but also no stranger to high profile gigs with some of the best in jazz, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica All Stars and Wynton Marsalis amongst many others. Here Mark channels one of his biggest heroes Thelonious Monk through the keys of an upright piano, and on occasion Wurlitzer electric piano.
This little side project has been developing for the past few years only to fully blossom during the global pandemic when these two found themselves practicing literally back to back.
The instrument configuration here is extremely rare. With an album in the can due for release sometime next year, it may be the first. Meanwhile, enjoy this musical brotherhood to its fullest.
Complementing the trio is a man of legend, Steve Brown on drums. Coming with the unparalleled experience, knowledge and familiarity of the vast jazz heritage and a big smile.
Artie Zaitz – Hammond C-3 organ
Mark Kavuma – piano, Wurlitzer 200A
Steve 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