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Bossa Nova Songbook at Crazy Coq's Soho

5th March, 2024

Following the sold-out "Django Reinhardt Songbook" cross-UK tour, which featured a retrospective of the music of the greatest European jazz guitarist, we present: "Bossa Nova Songbook".

Antonio Carlos Jobim, the father of Bossa Nova, is widely considered Brazil’s greatest composer. His expansive body of work and innovative approach led him to record with and write music for jazz greats including Stan Getz (Getz/Gilberto, an album dedicated to Jobim’s music), Frank Sinatra, and Charlie Byrd. He also released a vast number of recordings which highlighted his globally revered compositions. Some of his most well-known compositions include ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, ‘One Note Samba’ and ‘Desafinado’.

Acclaimed violinist Tobie Medland leads a quartet of leading British jazz musicians as they visit Jobim’s music. Performing some of his best-loved – as well as more unusual – compositions, the quartet present an evocative, engaging, and virtuosic journey through the world of ‘Bossa Nova.’ A style of music which has captured the hearts of generations of music lovers and musicians.

The quartet features Tobie Medland on violin, Bim Williams on guitar, Marcus Penrose on double bass and Chris Nickolls on percussion. The show will also feature the astonishing vocal talent of Rowan Flack.


Olli Soikkeli Quartet

Rich Mix London

Friday 14th July

Astonishing Dexterity and Speed - Wall Street Journal

One of the most adept and resourceful contemporary guitarists - The NewYorker

Olli Soikkeli is recognised as one of the worlds foremost jazz guitarists. He regularly features at jazz clubs in his home town of New York, including Blue Note and Birdland. 

Tonight Olli is joined by local stars Tobie Medland (violin) and Marcus Penrose (double bass), as well as Rhythm guitar legend from Paris, Julien Cattiaux, for a night of Gypsy Jazz and Jazz. 

Doors: 7.00pm | Performance: 8pm 

Rich Mix Shoreditch 

Jazz | Gypsy Jazz | Latin Jazz | Swing


The Aviary
Album Launch

Vortex Jazz Club

Wednesday 19th July

Rooted in a contemporary spin on gypsy jazz, the ensemble are influenced by 20th Century Classical composers Shostakovich, Debussy and Bartok as well as the likes of Joe Pass, Django Rheinhardt, and Joe Henderson. Juxtaposing atonality, free improvisation, and darkness with jovial melodies, driving swung grooves and bright harmony, their immersive world presents an undeniably fresh perspective on an underappreciated genre.

The Aviary are a rare voice in the UK: Queer-led, drumless arrangements, driving rhythms, soaring melodies and atonal soundscapes support virtuosic but tasteful group improvisation and characterful performances. Ever future facing, the quartet offer a fresh, distinctive, dark and unmistakably modern sound.

Doors 7:45 PM | Music 8:30 PM

Jazz | Contemporary Classical | Swing

" astonishing set of dialogues.. " Jazzviews
" This is an incredible piece of work. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a free improvised duo album this much" Alexander Hawkins

James and Shirley met whilst working with Ethiopian vibes master Mulatu Astatke, and quickly discovered a shared interest in the possibilities of free improvisation that drew on their common interests and aesthetic, as well as musical dialogue and interaction in a free setting.

Their first album, ' Entanglement - 9 Improvised Dialogues' was released in 2020 on FMR Records, and they have also recently released a trilogy of free improvisations with percussionist Demi Garcia Sabat. They have performed for, among others, Oxford Contemporary Music, Fizzle, Flim Flam and recently featured on Corey Mwamba’s ‘Freeness’ show on BBC Radio.

London Jazz Sessions started as a video session, intended to help emerging musicians over the difficult Covid-19 lockdowns. The sessions have now moved to the beautiful bohemium Highgate hangout 'The Red Hedgehog' (opposite the station), and have featured some of the UK's most exciting jazz musicians.

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"Tom Ollendorff is one of the world's finest guitarists. His music is complex yet rooted in melody and feeling" - Gilad Hekselman

"Traditional but very classy" - The Guardian

"I really enjoy the playing and writing of young guitarist Tom Ollendorff, definitely one to watch and listen out for" - Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM

Tom is undoubtedly one of the most exciting young musicians on the UK jazz scene. He is known for his highly distinctive sound which blends virtuosic guitar playing with sophisticated harmonic and melodic ideas, whilst always keeping room for nuance and sensitivity. Since beginning his professional career in 2016, he has had the opportunity to work alongside many highly respected artists including Geoff Simkins Ben Wendel, Bill McHenry, Jeff Williams and Ari Hoenig. He has performed at venues and festivals both across the UK and internationally.

Tonight he is joined by the equally exciting band featuring: Alex Hitchcock (sax), Will Sach (bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums).

The Future Fable 'London Jazz Sessions' are a series of intimate showcases of some of London's best young jazz musicians. Initially started as a video series intended to help musicians during the Covid lockdowns, they have now developed into cosy performances at the beautiful, bohemian Highgate hangout: 'The Red Hedgehog.'
Please note: this session will be filmed.

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“There are few people more joyous to listen to at the piano than Joe Webb.” - Jamie Cullum

“He can swing and is melodic and he lets the ideas unfold without the arbitrary stuff” - Brad Mehldau

Regularly selling out top venues including Ronnie Scott's, The Royal Albert Hall and Dizzys Jazz Club N.Y, pianist Joe Webb is a leading light in the British jazz scene. Joe grew up in Wales and moved to London in 2013. Since then has played with Jamie Cullum, Rob Luft, Adrian Cox, and a host of other top names in the industry.

Tonight Joe will be joined by Sam Jesson on drums and Will Sach on double bass.

The Future Fable 'London Jazz Sessions' are a series of intimate showcases of some of London's best young jazz musicians. Initially started as a video series intended to help musicians during the Covid lockdowns, they have now developed into cosy performances at the beautiful, bohemian Highgate hangout: 'The Red Hedgehog.'

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We are thrilled to present Hot Club of Jupiter for the second London Jazz Sessions LIVE at the Red Hedgehog in Highgate. Tickets will be available very shortly.

Hot interplanetary swing and jazz manouche. quirky, joyous original compositions and favourites from the world of swing.

The Hot Club of Jupiter formed to provide the music for the 2013 Renault Clio online ad campaign, which was promptly judged too lewd for public consumption and withdrawn. The band however, lives on drawn together by a shared love of the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Please note: the session is being filmed and recorded, however there will be very few long shots of the audience. If you are unhappy appearing on camera just have a word with the person on the door and they can make sure you're not in shot!

Fabulous guitarist and talented raconteur Cornelius Corkery, alongside his original's trio, head to The Red Hedgehog in Highgate for a concert of infectious original compositions and Django Reinhardt favourites. This is the first of hopefully a series of sessions at this lovely intimate venue.

Cornelius is an ubiquitous presence on the UK Gypsy Jazz Scene. He presents the popular "Gypsy Jazz Hang-outs" podcast and has performed with a diverse roster of top names, from violinist Daniel John Martin to saxophonist Alan Barnes.

Cornelius Corkery Trio's most recent album 'Stop Motion Music' was released on Future Fable Records in October 2021. Cornelius has headlined a number of hugely prestigious venues across Europe including Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Cork Jazz Festival and Sunside Sunset Paris.

For more details about Cornelius, click here


Next in the calendar is the Hot Club of Jupiter,

following that will see Shirley Smart and James Arben.

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