Notwithstanding contested definitions of what constitutes jazz music, two elements can be found within almost any jazz performance or recording — improvisation and collaboration. Both are at the core of Black Art Jazz Collective, one of the leading voices in contemporary US jazz.
A group that is as political as it is musical, it’s a collective that celebrates jazz’s origins in African-American culture, as well as highlighting the contributions of African-American icons in culture and politics. Their eponymous debut album comprises original compositions honouring influential figures such as WEB DuBois, Sojourner Truth, Barack Obama and Joe Henderson and, at start of their European tour, their Afrocentric message is to the fore at this sold-out date at Ronnie Scott’s.
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[This piece was published on 18/05/17]