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JUN 9–21 | 38th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 15, 2020
Joe Henderson Lab

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Original show description below.

ALL SFJAZZ SHOWS AND EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH AUGUST 16

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have made the decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019–20 Season, including all shows and education events that were previously scheduled from March 11–May 31, the 38th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, which was scheduled from June 9–21, and Summer Sessions 2020 which was scheduled from July 9–August 16.

If you have tickets to this show, or any of the canceled shows, we ask you to consider donating your tickets back to SFJAZZ to help us address the immediate needs of SFJAZZ, the artists we serve and the education programs we provide.

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If you would like to make other arrangements, please contact our Box Office at boxoffice@sfjazz.org or call 415.788.7353. For more information, visit the SFJAZZ ticket policies page.

Please note: This is a Dance Floor/standing show.

“A perfect blend of West African rhythms and improv” (The Guardian), trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey’s dynamic eight-piece Afrobeat ensemble first came to stateside attention through their star-making presence on DJ Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings compilation We Out Here, a 2018 release curated by saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings showcasing the best of the explosive London jazz scene.

Bearing a name translating as “be strong” from the language of the Urhobo tribe of southern Nigeria, the group builds upon the West African Afrobeat and Highlife traditions pioneered by Fela Kuti and Ebo Taylor as well as the Ethio-jazz of Mulatu Astatke and western soul, infusing these influences with the smooth grooves and edgy attitude that mark the London sound. With tightly-meshed horn arrangements by Maurice-Grey and an expanding book of simmering original compositions, they have risen beyond the London clubs that gave them their start, touring internationally and performing at London’s 2019 summer Meltdown Festival in a season curated by Chic guitarist and producing genius Nile Rogers.

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On the heels of the success of the band’s moody, album closing track “Abusey Junction” from We Out Here, KOKOROKO returns with their self-titled Brownswood EP, rife with entrancing melodies and deep hooks, and appear on fellow London juggernaut Ezra Collective’s 2019 longplayer You Can’t Steal My Joy.

A firm grip on the post-Afrika 70 tradition with some striking new directions.

All About Jazz

A firm grip on the post-Afrika 70 tradition with some striking new directions.

All About Jazz

Personnel

Sheila Maurice-Grey trumpet & vocals
Cassie Kinoshi alto saxophone
Richie Seivwright trombone
Oscar Jerome guitar
Yohan Kebede keyboards
Mutale Chashi bass
Ayo Salawu drums
Onome Edgeworth percussion

This female-led, multicultural collective of under 30s is a vital example of not only jazz’s new form but the shape of things to come for British music.

The Guardian

Personnel

Sheila Maurice-Grey trumpet & vocals
Cassie Kinoshi alto saxophone
Richie Seivwright trombone
Oscar Jerome guitar
Yohan Kebede keyboards
Mutale Chashi bass
Ayo Salawu drums
Onome Edgeworth percussion

This female-led, multicultural collective of under 30s is a vital example of not only jazz’s new form but the shape of things to come for British music.

The Guardian

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