Sartor London continues to draw inspiration from London Jazz music
Tailoring has long been a part of the British jazz culture.
Sartor London continues to draw inspiration from British music and has been delighted to work with today’s most innovative young jazz musicians. Together we are incorporating there unique London sound with beautiful, modern tailoring of Sartor London.
Tailoring has long been a part of the British jazz culture. Saxophonist Ronnie Scott established his legendary London jazz club way back in 1959, and help create the young modernist "Mods". Ronnies help introduced young Londoners to the artist on Blue note Records which included style icons like Miles Davis. They also bought over Zoot Sim's who was the club's first transatlantic visitor in 1962, and was succeeded by Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt in the years that followed. UK jazz musicians were also regularly featured, including Tubby Hayes and Dick Morrissey. In the 1980's supergroup Jazz Warriors carried the flag for Britsh Jazz and sartorial style.
But in recent years, a new crop of artists has merged that pushes the free-wheeling genre into a grittier territory, with south London as its epicentre, the homegrown U.K. jazz movement continues to grow at an increasing pace and Sartor London would like to introduce you to so of the star of modern London Jazz.
1. United Vibrations
South London’s United Vibrations are influenced by funk, afrobeat, and electronica, the four-pieces music is full of good energy and positive messages for the world: calling for unity on “Grow,” providing solace on “Don’t Be Sad,” and simply sharing love with “Far Far Away II.”
2. Ezra Collective
Anyone who caught this year’s jazz-meets-hip-hop Black Milk Boiler Room special will remember south London five-piece Ezra Collective. Their explosive 45-minute set stole the show, showcasing Joe Armon-Jones’s virtuosic maneuvers on keys, and Femi Koleoso’s talents on drums. Formed in 2012, influences from Sonny Rollins, Fela Kuti, and Bob Marley run through the group's DNA.
3. Yussef Kamaal
South-east London duo Yussef Kamaal — known individually as Yussef Dayes and Henry Wu — released their outstanding debut album Black Focus on Brownswood in November. The record infuses jazz with the raw energy of grime and jungle, anchored by the heavy bass of soundsystem culture that they heard on London’s pirate radio while growing up. The result is a heady brew of Hancock-esque key twinkles and gritty grooves.
4. Moses Boyd
You might have seen drummer and producer Moses Boyd without knowing it, as he forms part of Sampha’s newly christened live band. But his own music — for which he won Best Jazz Act at the 2015 MOBOs — has a fresh Caribbean feel. Its appeal lies in the music’s contagious danceability (thanks to its roots in soca and dancehall), combined with homages to the rough edges of London life.
Seven-piece Nérija (pronounced "Ne-ree-ya") may be newly formed, but the members are established instrumentalists in their own right. They count guitarist Shirley Tetteh and saxophonist Nubya Garciaamong their ranks — two names that crop up across the U.K. jazz scene. As a group, they're particularly jaw-dropping live, when the combination of guitars and drums meet the powerful force of multiple horns. Start by listening to their self-titled debut project.
6. Ashley Henry
It’s well-proven that hip-hop and jazz make great partners. Following in the lineage of Robert Glasper, Madlib, and Makaya McCraven, Ashley Henry’s work on the piano sensitively reaches into both worlds. His talents have led to a tour support slot with New Orleans-raised jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, plus live performances with Glasper himself.
7. Jacob Collier
You may have seen 22-year-old Londoner Jacob Collier’s technically outstanding, bedroom-based remakes of classics by Michael Jacksonand Stevie Wonder on YouTube. In each video, the multi-instrumentalist plays and sings every note, masterfully multitracking layer upon layer. It’s no wonder he has Herbie Hancock on speed dial and Quincy Jones as a manager.
8. Shabaka Hutchings
If there’s anyone that could be described as a flagbearer for U.K. jazz, it’s Shabaka Hutchings. Raised between Barbados and London, he creates an effortless multicultural blend of Afro-Caribbean influences and avant-garde jazz. As one-third of experimental trio The Comet Is Coming, he was nominated for the 2016 Mercury Prize for their debut album Channel The Spirits.
9. Tom Misch
Tom Misch is a name that won’t be new to Soulection admirers. His 2014 addition to the imprint’s White Label EP series remains one of the most popular. But recently, it’s his mellow, jazz-flecked hip-hop EP Reverie — featuring south London rapper Loyle Carner.