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ARTICLE: RADIO

Zara McFarlane

Read "Zara McFarlane" reviewed by BIMHUIS



Zara McFarlane is one of the most remarkable rising stars in British soul jazz. The singer from London, who was raised in a Jamaican family, has been compared to Erykah Badu and Cassandra Wilson. She has a pure voice and a unique, contemporary style combining soul, jazz, dub and afro-funk. The intimate vocals of ...

Zara McFarlane: Arise!

Read "Arise!" reviewed by Chris May

Zara McFarlane is a London-based singer and composer with a voice like an angel and a style that reflects her cultural roots in the Caribbean and in the mash-up that is modern metropolitan Britain, where jazz, grime, hip hop, reggae and other musics of black origin are hybridising and shape-shifting with joyful abandon. She is an ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Zara McFarlane: Arise

Read "Arise" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Zara McFarlane's If You Knew Her from 2014 promised much, being a wonderful, individual, mixture of jazz, reggae and soul that viewed the singer's Jamaican roots through the prism of her UK birth and London upbringing. It was an original blend that signaled the arrival of a major talent on the UK scene, setting a path ...

The Peter Edwards Trio: A Matter Of Instinct

Read "A Matter Of Instinct" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the second album by Trinity Laban graduate and 2014 MOBO Awards nominee Peter Edwards, his first being 2014's Safe And Sound. Edwards was a member of a group led by the late trumpeter Abram Wilson and is currently a member of vocalist Zara McFarlane's band. Opening with an infectious Latin beat, “Samba City" recalls ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Zara McFarlane: If You Knew Her

Read "If You Knew Her" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

On her full-length follow up to 2010's EP Until Tomorrow, London-based singer Zara McFarlane perfects her blend of austere instrumentation and mantra-like rhythms supporting her rich and warm voice that owe more to Mongo Santamaria than reputedly Nina Simone or Roberta Flack. An album centerpiece, “Woman in the Olive Groves" undulates like “Afro Blue" while being ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Jazz & Blues Television Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Jazz & Blues TV, the exciting, ground-breaking new “smart” platform for live music to launch in May with high-calibre artists led by Paulette McWilliams (Jazz) and more in the Blues, Soul, RnB, Gospel, and Latin genres lined up to appear. You can support our fundraising effort at Indiegogo. Torquay, United Kingdom: Some of the greatest live music in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

London Jazz Festival: November 9-18, 2012

Read "London Jazz Festival: November 9-18, 2012" reviewed by Duncan Heining

London Jazz Festival
London, England
November, 9-18, 2012
Now in its 20th year, the London Jazz Festival is a vast, all-encompassing affair. One of the great cities of the world, London's history saw it swallow village upon village and hamlet after hamlet and this can make it all seem dispersed and disconnected. It's an ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Scarborough Jazz Festival: Scarborough, UK, September 28-30, 2012

Read "Scarborough Jazz Festival: Scarborough, UK, September 28-30, 2012" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Scarborough Jazz Festival
Scarborough, UK
September, 28-30, 2012
Now in its tenth year, Scarborough Jazz Festival is a fixture in the UK's jazz calendar. Situated on the east coast of North Yorkshire, Scarborough's heyday was in the Victorian era, when coaches would pull up outside hotels like The Royal or The Crown to disgorge ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

The Tomorrow's Warriors Jazz Orchestra becomes The Nu Civilisation Orchestra. New programme Firebird debuts Autumn 2011

The Nu Civilisation Orchestra is the new name of the Tomorrow's Warriors Jazz Orchestra, a fully professional 16-piece orchestra comprising past and present members of the Tomorrow's Warriors artist development programme. Tomorrow's Warriors Artistic Director Gary Crosby OBE said, 'this is our response to feedback from promoters and the public who were not fully aware of our Orchestra's depth of quality ...

NEWS: RECORDING

jazzlotion releases direct to stereo EP by the Peter Edwards Trio

jazzlotion releases direct to stereo EP by the Peter Edwards Trio

jazzlotion is a new company dedicated to recording the finest young jazz musicians direct to stereo in a state-of-the-art environment. There are no drop-ins, mixdowns, effects or gadgetry of any kind—just great musicians performing live in the studio without a safety net and their performance going straight to a Studer half-inch tape machine. It's the closest you can get ...