Blow the Fuse, an artist-led organisation formed in 1989 by jazz musicians Deirdre Cartwright and Alison Rayner, have been pioneers in raising awareness to gender issues in jazz. We celebrate 30 years of this ground-breaking outfit with a concert headlined by Alison Rayner Quintet, with their combination of richly nuanced compositions, folk-infused grooves, skillful musicianship and improvisation.
Connecting with the roots of Blow the Fuse, the evening will feature an appearance by the legendary group The Guest Stars. They will incorporate a tribute to their trailblazing manager, programmer and producer Debbie Dickinson.
Blow the Fuse has been very involved with supporting younger women-led projects through their ‘Tomorrow the Moon’ seasons and, to represent this aspect of their work, the concert will feature a performance from Leeds-based young group JFrisco. The group creates improvised genre-fluid soundscapes, ‘drawn from their emotions, political, and gender issues, who aim to engage and inspire their audience through cross art forms, taking their listeners on a journey’.
The 2019 EFG London Jazz Festival returns to Kings Place this November, along with an illustrious line-up of international artists.
Norwegian iconoclast, Jan Bang, returns with Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers) for a mesmerising musical presentation of Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, while veteran Cuban violinist Omar Puente teams up with Courtney Pine, Alex Wilson and Dennis Rollins for a special tribute event.
Dan Tepfer brings his Yamaha Disklavier to the Hall One for an extraordinary improvisatory AV show, Natural Machines. Check the website for new announcements.