Doomcannon, Ishmael Ensemble and Robocobra Quartet among UK jazz acts at this year's SXSW

Music industry mega tastemaker leviathan the South by Southwest (SXSW) jamboree, which runs this year from 10-19 March in Austin, Texas, has input from London label and advocates Jazz Re:Freshed again this year tilting towards jazz among the …

Published: 8 Mar 2023. Updated: 11 months.

Music industry mega tastemaker leviathan the South by Southwest (SXSW) jamboree, which runs this year from 10-19 March in Austin, Texas, has input from London label and advocates Jazz Re:Freshed again this year tilting towards jazz among the pan-genre programming that straddles large chunks of the broad commercial record business on offer - the Brits and much more rarely the Northern Irish (this year with Robocobra Quartet on the plane) have been travelling over to participate in showcases for more than 20 years. Funded by Arts Council, England, with funding input additionally through the International Showcase Fund PRS Foundation bursary scheme, most relevant acts taking part at SXSW are superb cellist-singer/songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson, (Esther's Follies, St Patrick's Day) plus among the Jazz Re:Freshed strand Marcus Joseph, Camilla George, Ishmael Ensemble, Balimaya Project, Robocobra Quartet, the awesome DoomCannon (Elephant Room, 18 March) and Steam Down.

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Coup for the Vortex as the club lands James Brandon Lewis for a Saturday night springtime ''exclusive UK date''

Cometh the hour, cometh the saxophone player, cometh the optimum organic jazz club experience - it is a Saturday night to look forward to given that the 27th May is now up on the Vortex website for a return to the much loved Dalston club by James …

Published: 7 Mar 2023. Updated: 11 months.

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Cometh the hour, cometh the saxophone player, cometh the optimum organic jazz club experience - it is a Saturday night to look forward to given that the 27th May is now up on the Vortex website for a return to the much loved Dalston club by James Brandon Lewis in trio formation on this occasion with electric bassist Josh Werner and drummer Chad Taylor.

The saxist's Eye of I is our February album of the month.

Glorious stuff, given its free-jazz and punkish language, the sound of freedom made flesh by the American heavyweight given the topicality of the upcoming shows it's a good time to hear the 39-year-old Buffalo, New York State-born player, especially how these last few years he has been going through an extended career purple patch.

One of the tenors of our times potential punters can pick up tickets here - there are two houses.

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James Brandon Lewis, photo: press