Photography: Nasser Gazi

Liverpool International Jazz Festival
24-27/02 – Capstone Theatre

Liverpool International Jazz Festival returns to the Capstone Theatre at the end of February for four days of global sounds from performers at the top of their game.

Pride of place on the line-up is London-based, Nigeria-born saxophonist CAMILLA GEORGE who plays the festival with her band on Saturday night. Her fusion of African and Western music on debut album Isang was hailed by critics and her 2018 follow-up The People Could Fly has won her many more admirers.

Liverpool based Indian arts organisation Milapfest co-host a matinee performance on the same day. A supremely talented collaborative triumvirate of pianist ZOE RAHMAN, clarinettist IDRIS RAHMAN and vocalist SOHINI ALAM celebrate 50 years of Bangladesh independence. Also darlings of the critics, Zoe’s album Rivers Meet was described by The Sunday Times as “a wholly original brand of Anglo-Asian music” while brother Idris was branded by The Wire as “a revelation – a saxophonist of fascinating creative resource, capable of both raw power and involved delicacy”.

Following in the footsteps of fellow Birmingham saxophonists Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings, XHOSA COLE is sweeping up awards and fans across the jazz community. Having bagged BBC Young Jazz Musician Of The Year in 2018, Xhosa received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Newcomer in 2019 and Jazz FM’s Breakthrough act of the year.

Also on the festival bill are jazz-classical alchemists JOHN LAW’S CONGREGATION performing their filmic sound worlds and DUOLOGY, a collaboration between award-winning sax player Tim Garland and keyboardist Jason Rebello.

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