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Mark Kavuma: The Banger Factory

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The Banger Factory, the follow-up to Mark Kavuma's debut album Kavuma (Ubuntu, 2018) is no less impressive than its predecessor. The title derives from the name of the band that Kavuma leads, which plays regularly at the Prince of Wales (aka POW) venue in Brixton, London. Deschanel Gordon's pensive piano introduction, evoking shades of McCoy Tyner in its expansiveness, heralds the ensemble start proper to “Dear K.D.," a tune dedicated to Kenny Dorham. Kavuma's initial feisty trumpet solo makes its ...

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Mark Kavuma: Celebrating Lee Krasner: Living Colour & Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners

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Mark Kavuma Quintet Barbican Art Gallery Celebrating Lee Krasner: Living Colour & Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners London July 25, 2019 Tonight's event at the Barbican Art Gallery was a vivid audio-visual timewarp which transported the audience back to bohemian New York during the 1950s. The vehicles were Abstract Expressionist art and hard bop. The performance was part of the Barbican's Lee Krasner: Living Colour exhibition, which runs until September ...

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Mark Kavuma: The Banger Factory

Read "The Banger Factory" reviewed by Chris May

An associate of the Tomorrow's Warriors and Kinetika Bloco community projects through whose ranks have passed practically all the leading musicians in London's woke-jazz world, trumpeter Mark Kavuma stands a little apart from many of his peers. While the new London scene is characterized by hefty infusions of modern Caribbean and African music and London club styles, reflecting the cultural heritages and lived experiences of the majority of its vanguard players, the core strand of Kavuma's music is foursquare in ...

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Mark Kavuma: Kavuma

Read "Kavuma" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Mark Kavuma may not be well-known yet but, still in his early twenties, he's making waves on the British jazz scene. An alumnus of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, he's already played two gigs as a guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, at London's Barbican Centre, on February 20, 2016. Kavuma's compositions are clearly influenced by classic Blue Note albums of the 1950s and 60s, evoking such paragons of hard bop as Art ...


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