We asked Theo to tell us who are his favourite up-and-coming jazz artists in the UK scene. Here's what he came back with. We'll add some video & Twitter links in the next couple days. Come & see Theo at the 606!
Moses Boyd – gifted and cultured drummer who can swing hard. Lewis Wright – vibraphonist and drummer who is already an established performer and composer. David Drake – a teenage pianist who is going to make big waves with his intelligent, lyrical style. Laura Jurd – quickly emerging trumpeter with a distinctive and celebrated compositional style. Mark Lewandowski – double bassist who can take risks and has chops and ideas to back it up. Reuben James – an energetic and soulful performer with a style that brings many influences to great jazz playing. Alice Zawadzki – singer and violinist who can mix ethereal folk music with great jazz and soul. Mark Kavuma – trumpeter with clear ideas and a real stage presence. Zara McFarlane – a classy singer whose style is steeped in tradition but not stuck in it.
Here's our video interview with Theo from end of April:
Straight from his appearance at Cheltenham Jazz Festival songwriter, vocalist and pianist Theo Jackson opens his first UK tour at the club which gave him his first break - The 606. Rapidly gaining a reputation on the scene as a composer of strikingly original songs with a captivating stage presence, Theo's performances bring a mix of his own original songs which take inspiration from the timeless writing of Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder, alongside familiar jazz standards from the likes of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. He has recently been picked up by publisher Splash Point, (the home of Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw) which demonstrates just how talented he is. Theo will be joined by the MOBO-award-winning saxophonist Nathaniel Facey (Empirical), along with his regular rhythm section of Shane Allessio on double-bass and Jason Reeve on drums. Expect sizzling swing and great interaction from these exciting young musicians.
"One of the most interesting jazz vocalists and composers to emerge on the British scene in recent years, Jackson can flit between ballads and rapid-fire scatting in the blink of eye." THE TELEGRAPH "One of Britain's finest jazz musicians and singers." Michael Wilson, JAZZ FM "Soulful, earthy vocal-led jazz from this impressive young singer with a powerful yet subtle voice, Jackson also has a knack of penning Stevie Wonder-esque originals that avoid the usual crooner clichés . . . one to watch out for." Time Out