EFG London Jazz Festival: The Banger Factory
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 21st November 2021 it is with great pleasure that we welcome Mark Kavuma and The Banger Factory to the living room stage!
About the artist
The gang of brothers, they are the finest and most exciting live act on the scene. With a new album fresh off the press.
This is a special jazz outfit, well established and proven. Several years in making, they now have two very well received and critically acclaimed albums on Ubuntu Records (including “Kavuma” LP voted among the best albums of the year 2018 by Downbeat magazine). With the latest one fresh off the press and the first on a brand new label Banger Factory Records. “Arashi No Ato” is the newest offering from the band and tonight’s programme will uncover significant parts of it.
Kavuma stands at the helm of this remarkable group of talented individuals with extraordinary musical abilities. Governing such organisation is Mark’s forte. With a real knack for discovering a potential, he directs and realigns its elements effortlessly. He also keeps churning out one tune after another. And they are groovy pieces. Owing a lot to hard bop legacy Kavuma unashamedly expands their repertoire with more bangers tailor made and destined for a dance floor.
This band is like a family. The gang of brothers that exude tons of joy when witnessed on stage. Each one of them is at the top of their game, and this becomes evident when they support one another with solid and imaginative back ups. Not to mention their mind blowing creativity and bottomless energy.
The ensemble sounds like a band of old dogs in a clear and positively assured sense. Full of energy, vibe, blues, rhythm, gospel and emotions they are the finest and most exciting live act on the scene.
Mark Kavuma – trumpet
Theo Erskine – tenor saxophone
Mussinghi Brian Edward – tenor saxophone
Artie Zaitz – guitar
David Mrakpor – vibraphone
Joe Downard – bass
Will Cleasby – drums
Secondary act: DJ Jake Snakestone Zaitz
A pair of decks for a guitar, spinning his eclectic set of grooves.
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