Jazz fans, you’ve got some good luck swinging your way.
Not just because the 13th of April 2023 falls on a Thursday and not a Friday, but because on the Friday (the 14th), the Brick Lane Jazz Festival will be making a comeback.
The festival made its debut this year in the latter stages of April – very successfully – and for its second rodeo, the organisers will be upping the tempo with performances slated to take place over three days (from Friday 14-Sunday 16), at the old Truman Brewery and across seven stages, hosted by London live venues that all share the same strong affection for jazz; 93 Feet East, Werkhaus, Ninety One Living Room, Cafe 1001, Juju’s Bar & Stage and Brick Lane Tap Room. It’s shaping up to be another musical feast for the ears.
The lineup will be bringing together the current crop of acts and bands getting the jazz world in a tizzy, with over 50 of the already established and the soon-to-be established scheduled to appear. You can brief yourself with the full list here, but for headliners: on Friday, you’ve got Tenderlonious (aka Ed Cawthorne) at the top of the bill, the man who runs the sought-after independent record label 22a and has garnered deep respect for his various projects including his album Ragas from Lahore, which The Guardian rated on their best global albums of 2020 list. Meanwhile the weekend main-event slots see Ashley Henry in action at Werkhaus (whose album Beautiful Vinyl Hunter was nominated for BBC 6 Music Album of the Year in 2019) and Reuben James on Sunday, who’s collaborated and performed with some of the biggest names in the industry like Sam Smith and John Legend.
If you need a tune up before the gigs, The Truman Brewery – now an entertainment complex – is home to DF Tacos and Ely’s Yard, and of course there’s Brick Lane itself. For food, drink and…
…all that jazz.
NOTE: Brick Lane Jazz Festival will be going down from 14th-16th April 2023 at Truman’s Brewery. You can check out the line up and purchase tickets on their website.
The Old Truman Brewery | 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
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