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Musical fireworks are guaranteed from an intercontinental dialogue between the intense piano improvisations of Alexander Hawkins and the extraordinary dynamic range of South African percussionist Louis Moholo-Moholo, who played a pivotal role in the influential community of South African exiles who transformed the evolution of British jazz from the 70s. He remains a massive figure in improvised music – this duet with a pianist whose audacious and far-reaching musical vision marks him as a major force in today’s scene explores a breathtaking musical landscape – their forthcoming Ogun CD – ‘Keep Your Heart Straight’ encompasses echoes of South African township groove and no-holds-barred freedom alongside the delicacy of an Ellington ballad.
“In the rich jazz history of an old lion making inspired new music with a young one, ‘Keep Your Heart Straight’ deserves a very prominent place on the podium”. (John Fordham)
Bonga, Mwamba and Champion
The supporting trio first met last July when Johannesburg born saxophonist Ntshuks Bonga was in Newcastle with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and asked Jazz North East to organise a gig for him. Linking him with vibes maestro Corey Mwamba and Tyneside bassist Andy Champion proved an inspired choice, as they found common musical ground from the first note – inclining towards freedom but with a strong undercurrent of rhythm and melody. ‘Let’s do it again’ was their closing refrain, and we’re happy to make it happen.
Presented in collaboration with Jazz North East.
Louis Moholo Moholo © David Sinclair
Gateshead International Jazz Festival, the largest UK festival held under one roof, has announced its headline acts and themes for 2013 including The Brand New Heavies, Ruby Turner, National Youth Jazz Orchestra with special guest Jacqui Dankworth, Lighthouse, Phronesis and Christine Tobin. The...