Jazz in Brighton #1: Oscar Jerome, September 20th

No one can deny the irrepressible force of British jazz music right now, as an abundance of artists are bursting out of London and elsewhere, bringing a once slept-on genre to the masses at festivals and shows.

And our own city of Brighton is getting a piece it over the next few months, with the likes of Joe-Armon Jones, Yussef Dayes, Yazmin Lacey and Ezra Collective passing through our seagull-heavy town. We’re looking to do our best to cover it on the magazine front, but you’d all be wise to get yourself down to shows arranged by the likes of One Inch Badge, Mr Bongo and Patterns.

To kick-off what is sure to be a several-month-long smooth saxophone note, we look ahead to Oscar Jerome’s arrival.

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Oscar Jerome at Love Supreme, 2018 (Photo by Cameron Abdullah)

One of so many to come out of South London’s own pocket-full of jazz, Oscar Jerome has been doing the rounds and wooing live crowds for a couple years across the likes of Glastonbury, Boiler Room and Love Supreme.

A resident of the Peckham creative hub that is Balamii, you can hear him regularly broadcasting his own music, that of his friends and collaborators like the aforementioned, Armon-Jones, and that of his inspirations.

They come as far and wide as The Clash to Gil Scott-Heron, and from politics to novels, as this guitarist and vocalist lay down his message on his own blend of jazz. His debut, self-titled EP brought him to stages such as The Great Escape off the back of its success and the follow-up, Where Are Your Branches?, is a five-song release that changes moods and tempos effortlessly.

With standout tracks like Smile on a Screen in his repertoire, expect energetic hooks and a lively band behind him at The Hope & Ruin, a small venue with big sound. Tickets are available from here for the September 20th gig.

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