Wigmore Hall appearance - big one - tonight by jazz giants Christian McBride and Jason Moran: go hear

One of the biggest gigs, one that happens even to be a duo, this year on the London jazz scene is in prospect tonight with the appearance at revered classical venue Wigmore Hall of the world's greatest jazz double bassist of his generation …

Published: 6 Oct 2021. Updated: 21 days.

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One of the biggest gigs, one that happens even to be a duo, this year on the London jazz scene is in prospect tonight with the appearance at revered classical venue Wigmore Hall of the world's greatest jazz double bassist of his generation Christian McBride in duo with the Selma film composer and genius Thelonious Monk-and-Fats Waller-reimaginer, pianist Jason Moran. McBride and his band Inside Straight have a new album Live at the Village Vanguard which dates back to a 2014 recording at the world's greatest jazz club the Village Vanguard in New York released by the bassist's long time label Mack Avenue on 26 November. Can't make the gig? Moran returns to London next month in another headline-grabbing duo this time with Fire Music éminence grise the iconoclastic New Thing giant Archie Shepp at the EFG London Jazz Festival on 12 November. Tickets

Jason Moran above left and Christian McBride Photo graphic: Mondriaan Jazz Festival.

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Jo Harrop, The Heart Wants, Lateralize *****

A landmark vocals-jazz moment for 2021 and it's not just for the stellar personnel participating. And yet it's a huge plus point that one of the world's most iconic bassists and bandleaders Christian McBride joins the very fine London via …

Published: 5 Oct 2021. Updated: 22 days.

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A landmark vocals-jazz moment for 2021 and it's not just for the stellar personnel participating. And yet it's a huge plus point that one of the world's most iconic bassists and bandleaders Christian McBride joins the very fine London via Chester-Le-Street singer Jo Harrop on a number of tracks led off by the very bluesily-soulful 'The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants', McBride a stately presence, and on 'All Too Soon' and 'Wise Words' (begun with chords like you'd hear on Billy Taylor's 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free)'. The great Welsh trumpeter Andy Davies is also on the record adding lots of characterful elaboration as is ex-Jeff Beck UK jazz piano icon Jason Rebello who like McBride (in London tomorrow night with Jason Moran at the Wigmore Hall) has also worked extensively with Sting. Above all else the quality of Jo's originals are the icing on the cake. And what an authentic voice she has, delivering such a meaningful jazz message. SG. The Heart Wants is released on Friday