Surely you’re aware by now of just how strong the British jazz scene is.
Anyone who attended Field Day in South London last week, specifically on the Friday, can vouch. They would have been exposed to the likes of Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon Jones (on four occasions) and more inspiring than anything else was a crowd absolutely lapping up.
Brighton gets a taste of it this week as the multiinstrumentalist Tenderlonious comes to Patterns’ basement. Booked by Disco Juice, a young brand who take a step back from the DnB that many of their contemporaries like to book, you can expect a crowd of like-minded jazz fans if you’ve got a ticket.
This artist brings something different to the London stronghold in British jazz as he comes from the unlikely destination of Woking, establishing himself as an artist and a label manager in a competitive scene. Now based in that South London jazz hub, leading the 22archestra, Tenderlonious is one of the most hard-working artists about, spinning brilliantly sounding plates.
Works like On Flute that features the likes of the breathtaking ‘Song for My Father’ from back in 2016, have the ability to move you in more ways just your feet on a dancefloor. The rarity of a jazz flute in the listening catalogue of more millennial listeners makes for an incredibly original listen – at least for those without a bit of Yusef Lateef wedged between two hip-hop records in their collection.
With a background in jazz that comes from hip-hop sampling, Tenderlonious is an artist who ticks boxes at Offie Mag. His latest work is with the 22archestra, released just last month and as such, it’s this which you can expect to hear in full swing at Patterns this Thursday. Titled Shakedown, this is the first release that he’s calling an ‘album’ and it comes from a new band that features some of the most exciting jazz talent about – talent always as good live as it is on record and about a thousand times better than it is in your Apple headphones. The likes of Yussef Dayes make up the collective, who appeared on drums on the first single released from Shakedown back in April.
For more info on this gig, head to the Facebook event and maybe brag to your mates if you’re going. Or just show them you’re cultured but busy with an ‘interested.’