Summer Jazz Weekender
17-18 August. 13.00-19.00. The Tide. Greenwich Peninsula
The community jazz festival that’s got something for everyone returns to Greenwich Peninsula. Pull up a deckchair and enjoy the jazz. Get involved in making your own music. Or mooch about with a plate of something tasty from one of the street food stalls. All while surrounded by new public artworks from big names like Damien Hirst, Allen Jones and Morag Myerscough. Bring the family and enjoy two days of entertainment right here on the Peninsula.
Rising star Simon Read is a double bassist with what seems like a lifetime of performances behind him already. Whether on stage as part of his eponymous trio or with the Adrian Cox quartet, the Sam Leak Trio or gypsy jazz band Latchepen his is a sound that is instantly recognisable.
The Simon Read Trio brings a beautiful blend of styles to Summer Jazz Weekenders. Mixing classic and contemporary sounds, you’ll recognise influences as diverse as Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Art Tatum and the peerless Duke Ellington.
For these shows, Simon has teamed up with pianist Joe Webb and drummer Gethin Jones. Together, they’ve composed their own arrangements of jazz standards and pieces from the masters.
With their first album already under their belts, this is your chance to catch three graceful jazz musicians playing in perfect harmony.
Are you ready to go on a trip? Award-winning singer Inês Loubet was brought up on Brazilian music and culture. But her influences extend across the Portuguese diaspora. Renowned for using her own voice as an instrument and her ability to sing in English, Portuguese, Creole and Hebrew among others, she’s a prolific performer.
This time round, Inês has teamed up with Bahian percussionist Jansen Santana and Portuguese guitarist Telmo Sousa to journey through South American and Lusophone music. Just back from Bahia in Brazil, they’re bringing brand new compositions to Summer Jazz Weekenders. There they were inspired by the energy of the people and the local sound. Adding these new musical flavours to their existing repertoire, you can expect a whole host of softly worded song, expressive rhythms and gentle beats.
AuB is a meeting of minds. Virtuoso saxophonists Tom Barford and Alex Hitchcock have put their considerable talents into the melting pot that is this London-based jazz quartet. Together with bassist Fergus Ireland and drummer James Madden, they’re not afraid to take risks with forms and sounds.
Instrumentalists Tom and Alex are regarded as two of the scene’s rising stars and they’re not afraid to rip up the rulebook (if there ever was one in jazz). New band AUB (pronounced Orb) is all about what happens when two musical minds meet to create a single sound.
Despite doing things their own way, there is a long tradition of ‘twin tenors’ in jazz. Yet this time the collaborative writing process and blending of the electronic and the acoustic that sets AUB apart.
With new music just for the Peninsula’s Summer Jazz Weekenders, Moonfish will combine electronic beats and alternative rock with their own unique style of jazz improvisation. Live on stage, the music is lively and energetic with plenty of surprises to keep you on your toes.
Moonfish was formed by drummer Ricardo Chiaberta and pianist Maria Chiara Argirò – both accomplished musicians in their fields. Having collaborated with some of the jazz scene’s leading lights and, in Maria Chiara’s case, even touring with British artrock band These New Puritans, this will be an accomplished set from two gifted musicians.
The set-up combines piano, keyboard and synths with drums, bass synth and electronics. All played simultaneously. And with the addition of special guest alto sax player, Rich Muscat, prepare for an audio experience quite unlike any other.
Finalist of the BBC Young Jazz Musician in 2014 and 2016, Tom Smith has also been described as a “Young nutter” by none other than Django Bates. Having led and toured various bands, it was with Gecko that Tom really came into his own.
Gecko is really three friends who love to play. Their style is original, often improvised and immensely joyful at heart. They dip into traditional folk music via percussive Latin music, freewheel with some free jazz and then round things off with a little minimalism and classical jazz.
After receiving a Peter Whittingham Development Award in 2018, Tom plans to record his first album with Gecko. In the meantime, avid jazz fans will just have to come along and hear Gecko live on stage at performances like the one at Summer Jazz Weekenders.
A London-based jazz/soul ensemble, Teotima join us on the back of the release of their second LP, Weightless. The album celebrates themes of friendship, creativity and love and perfectly encapsulates the band’s musical style.
Teotima’s fruity concoction of West African, Brazilian and Cuban grooves burst with refreshing originality. Jazz harmonies are captivatingly honest. The improvisation is electric. And the songwriting has a deep narrative pull – like a novella in jazz form.
Six years after their first LP, Counting The Ways, Greg Sanders and co. are back with a bang. Weightless has received high praise in the music press and it’s a tribute to the development of the band both collectively and individually. In between the two albums, various members made their own way as leaders as well as playing with contemporaries such as James Blake, Waaju and Riot Jazz.
With so much experience behind them, Teotima’s set at Summer Jazz Weekenders is sure to get pulses racing.
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If you've ever dreamt of joining the circus, now is your chance to realise your dreams in an immersive session.
Upswing are a contemporary circus company using acrobatics, theatre, dance and multimedia to tell new stories in extraordinary ways.
At Greenwich Peninsula's Summer Jazz Weekender join the team of experts as they share their tips and tricks while suspended in mid-air throughout an aerial acrobatics workshop. Bring your sense of adventure.
Fancy yourself as an expert of Brazilian Samba? Even if you don't, come and test out your musical chops as a member of Greg Sanders and Fabio de Oliveira's fiery ensemble in Summer Jazz Weekender's Samba drumming workshop.
As well as being two of the UK's finest musicians, the duo are also key members of 2019's Summer Jazz Weekender's headline act Teotima.
Kids and adults alike can play together under their guidance. Bang the drums, listen to the rhythm, feel the beat and enjoy.
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Ever wanted to explore your own sound? Then this is the ideal place to do it. Come along, leave your chatter at the door and immerse yourself in the sounds of jazz. Then pick up an object and start creating an instrument for either listening or performing.
If you’re keen to perform, we’ll show you how to make your own percussive beater or brush using all kinds of materials. Unusually, it will be the materials you choose that make the sounds rather than the objects you make contact with. Whether it’s bouncy balls, tassels, hollow cups, cotton wool or wire, you’ll create a sound that’s entirely yours.
If you’d prefer to create a listening instrument, we’ll talk you through how sounds can be amplified by different materials. Then you can go off and start constructing your own tubes and cones of all shapes and sizes.
Afterwards, we’ll bring everyone together for a one-off, improvised performance. There will be mats and cushions to relax on and all the artefacts we create on the day will come together as one huge visual installation – all inspired by the improvised sounds of jazz
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Ben Connors is an illustration artist whose work explores themes of collaboration, identity, representation and communication.
For 2019's Summer Jazz Weekender, Ben will be producing a unique workbook that will allow you to explore the spaces, sounds, sights and scents around Greenwich Peninsula through illustration.
Through his art workbook, he'll take you from North Greenwich Tube station to The Tide, London's first-ever riverside linear park. Take a look and see what you can spot.
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How to get here
Join us on London's first ever elevated linear park, The Tide. Get here via the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich tube station - just 2 minutes from Canary Wharf and 13 minutes from Westminster.
Exit the station on to Peninsula Square, The Tide’s winding path begins adjacent to ‘The Spire’. You'll find The Tide on Google maps.
Alternatively, take the scenic route on the Thames Clipper to North Greenwich pier and arrive directly on The Tide.
Take a look at the map for a suggested route along The Tide and around Greenwich Peninsula, allowing you to take in all of the highlights.