Capstone Theatre - 27/02-03/03

Now into its eighth year, LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL has been well placed to observe the boom in contemporary jazz in the UK, and has delighted in pairing various exciting modern day innovators with some of jazz’s leading legends in its programming. It is testament to the festival’s brave booking that this year’s line-up offers something mouth-watering for jazz fans of all stripes.

Among the new breed is energetic jazz collective CYKADA (pictured, main), the latest ensemble to emerge from London’s Total Refreshment Centre melting pot. Engaging with distant poles and analogue worlds, Cykada’s style fizzes with a host of eastern and western influences, not to mention interweaving narratives of intriguing beauty and devastation. Featuring members of Ezra Collective and Myriad Forest (among others), Cykada and their boundary-pushing approach kick off the festival, supported by Jazz North Introduces act YAATRI, a five-piece crossover quintet from in Leeds.

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LIJF’s Saturday finds itself in the presence of SARATHY KORWAR, leader of the UPAJ Collective and one of the most original voices within the UK jazz scene. Korwar began playing tabla from age of 10, while growing up in Ahmedabad and Chennai, India. However, due being born in the US, Korwar also found himself drawn to American music, including the likes of Ahmad Jamal and John Coltrane. Korwar’s set will draw from across his three studio albums, including 2019’s More Arriving, a highly percussive and honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in an increasingly divided Britain.

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Dutch innovators TIN MEN AND THE TELEPHONE (27th February) and Belgians BLOW 3.0 (29th February) add a touch of futurism to proceedings, and further fresh takes on jazz in all of its forms. The festival is closed out in slightly more traditional fashion on Sunday 3rd March by TONY KOFI QUARTET, with support from local chordless quarter BLIND MONK THEORY?. The Quartet’s performance will mainly focus on saxophonist Kofi’s work with the legendary Ornette Coleman. After working with Coleman four years prior, Londoner Tony Kofi became inspired to create a collective consisting of world class musicians who were all touched and inspired by Coleman’s work.

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