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Soweto Kinch
London Jazz & Hip-Hop

Soweto Kinch

Jun 16
Joe Henderson Lab

The explosive British jazz scene has produced a number of the most exciting and forward-thinking artists working today, and London-born saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch stands at the vanguard of this revolution, now firmly established as a leader at the intersection of jazz and hip-hop.

The son of a Barbadian playwright father and a British-Jamaican actress mother, Kinch began on saxophone at nine, and credits a meeting with Wynton Marsalis for putting him on the jazz path. Within a year of establishing the Soweto Kinch Trio in 2001, a then 24-year-old Kinch won the Rising Star award from the BBC Jazz Awards as well as the White Foundation World Saxophone Competition prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. From the time of his youth, the altoist absorbed the influence of contemporary hip-hop, and concurrent with the formulation of his jazz expertise, he developed a fearsome free-style rap approach which won fans and collaborators in Mos Def, KRS-One and Dwele. Kinch’s 2003 debut release, Conversations with the Unseen, was a Mercury Prize nominee, and the multi-faceted artist has gone on two record three more innovative albums, compose for theatre and dance, star in a BBC reality show By Royal Appointment, and mastermind the wildly successful Birmingham music festival Flyover Show. Kinch currently hosts Jazz Now on BBC Radio 3.

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The British-born saxophonist and rapper has worked with KRS-One and Mos Def, an artist who “kicks pure jazz and authentic rap into a brave new world” (The Guardian)

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