EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 launch party

EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

Words: Flora Neighbour

Monday saw the crème de la crème of the jazz world get together for the EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 launch party. A boozy affair in the low-lit, ground-floor Crystal Room at The May Fair Hotel, the evening was packed full of entertainment and speeches from big names in jazz and blues, hosted by BBC 3’s Jumoké Fashola. People gathered together, chatted, networked and caught up with old friends who hadn’t been seen since last year’s revelry. The evening was a constant buzz of excitement and the fancy dress photo booth definitely added to it with pictures being taken towards the end of the night.

Kicking things off, Chairman of the festival’s sponsor EFG, John Williamson, spoke of the tireless efforts and amazing performances the festival produces, while also announcing the continuation of their sponsorship of the London Jazz Festival for another five years, adding: “2018 marks the 10th anniversary of our partnership with the London Jazz Festival, during which time we have seen the festival go from strength to strength. As an organisation, we aspire to share and celebrate the distinctive qualities which make jazz such an exceptional art form, embracing creativity and innovation, freedom of individual and collective expression, diversity and collaboration. Through our sponsorship programmes we also strive to help up and coming talent establish their voice on a global stage.”


EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

Alex Davis, Cherise Adams-Burnett, Rob Luft, Claire Whitaker, John Williamson, Claire Mera-Nelson, Jumoke Fashola, Corrie Dick, Camilla George and James Stirling. Image credit: Tatiana Gorilovsky


Giving the party a boost of much-needed youthfulness, Cherise Burnett-Adams took to the stage with Rob Luft supporting her on guitar to perform for the crowds in-between speeches. This year will be Cherise’s first festival, so I took this opportunity to talk to the singer. Speaking about her excitement at performing this November, she added: “I always knew that singing was a passion of mine and wanted to learn more about it, but all of the other genres, like pop, were tailored towards the commercial side of the industry, so I decided to go down the jazz route. Jazz isn’t about the hype or fame, it’s about creating good music with good people.

“The London Jazz Festival has also created an opportunity for me, with the celebration of the Windrush generation, to connect to my grandparents. All four of my grandparents came over in the sixties from Jamaica, but they didn’t talk about their experiences. So, I sat down with my grandma and spoke to her and decided to put on a separate show about her story, which is called Evelyn and the Yellow Birds. The performance tells her personal story about bravery, preparation and how she uprooted her entire life. It also explains how she found a sense of community through music during lonelier times.

“I’m so grateful to be a part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 and can’t wait to perform my music at The Royal Albert Hall on the 21st November.”


Cherise Adams-Burnett at EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

Cherise Adams-Burnett


Not only can you see Cherise’s homage to the Windrush generation, other concerts created for the festival include Windrush: A Celebration, presented by Anthony Joseph, which features Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose and Brother Resistance, and Orphy Robinson’s Astral Weeks, with Zara McFarlane and Sarah Jane Morris.

Still London’s largest city-wide festival, with more than 2,000 artists with 325 performances in 70 venues across the capital, the music week promotes inclusivity and diversity, with artists from around the world flying in from the 16th November. Make sure you check out the online programme which includes dates for Archie Shepp, Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya, as well as Hollywood hero Jeff Goldblum and his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

So, give a jazz hand to the EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 and get yourself to a concert in November.


For more information, visit www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk


The divine Trinity of a great night out: ‘The Last Word’ pop-up dining event

Welcome to the 3 step guide to a good night out. Number 1: good food. Number 2: good booze (and plenty of it). Number 3: Great music.

trinity presents the last word

Step forward Trinity events: contemporary curators of this divine trio for the discerning diner/reveller. Starting (ironically) with ‘The Last Word’ this December, Trinity have put together a series of dining experiences à la mode, where dinner guests congregate to eat, drink and be merry amidst an exciting backdrop of live contemporary jazz and fusion music.

Drinking – and drinking well – forms a key component in the Trinity philosophy. Their pop up events are named after individual cocktails, which are then created, en masse, by the group’s guest mixologist. In this case, ‘The Last Word’, an enticing blend of gin, lime, green Chartreuse and Marishino liquere will be prepared by experienced mixologist Deano Moncrieffe.

The Top Shelf

The Top Shelf band

The Trinity ethos seeks to bring together “a Time, a Taste and a Movement” and, as such, ‘The Last Word’ events are set to evoke the jazz-infused aura of the roaring 20s – the time at which the cocktail was first tasted. The popular Top Shelf Band have been booked for the upcoming events, along with the Dalston Gyspy Jazz Trio, swing masters The Red Roosters and more.

Basin Street Brawlers

The Basin Street Brawlers

Wrap this up with a saliva-inducing menu, one thinks, and it sounds like an evening well-spent. The ‘optional dining menu’, provided by the Disappearing Dining Club (we hope they don’t go absent on the day!), looks to be anything but optional with a ‘tasting and sharing banquet’ that looks fit to grace any table. You can read the full menu on the Trinity website but our eyes quickly jumped to the Mackerel, Prawn & Mussel a la Grecque to start and the main course of Venison, Juniper & All Spice.

Entry to ‘The Last Word’ events is free to members – sign up HERE – before 9.30pm – although we’ve yet to see a price-list for the bar. £6 will reserve you a stage-side cocktail table (no dining) and £54 will land you the full dining package, starting with pre-dinner cocktails at 7:30pm, dinner from 8pm and Trinity’s late license set to regale you with swing and jazz frolics until the small hours (2am close).

Dalston Gypsy Jazz Trio

The Dalston Gypsy Jazz Trio

We’ll be visiting ‘The Last Word’ on Friday 13th December, so you can expect a full report before too long! In the meantime, check out Trinity on the web for more details:


Event dates:

Saturday 30th November
Thursday 12th December
Friday 13th December
Saturday 14th December
Thursday 19th December
Friday 20th December
Saturday 21st December

Location: Pennington Studios, 11 Pennington Street, London, E1W


  • Free entry and entertainment for Trinity members
  • £6 to reserve a stage-side cocktail table
  • £54 for full dining experience (group table, shared banquet, complimentary cocktail etc)


Funk-soul singer TRAEDONYA! Presents New Video ‘Family Affair’ and unveils new app for fans

Prohibition Entertainment’s NYC based vocalist TRAEDONYA! (aka The Bride of New Funk Hipopera) releases her first video, ‘Family Affair’, from her forthcoming digital debut EP High Fructose Corn Syrup. The instrumentalists on the song is her band, ”Sample This!”, of which she is the lead vocalist and songwriter.


The song ”Family Affair’‘ is a cover to the classic song, originally done by funk legends Sly and The Family Stone. The video has garnered over 47k on you tube and will be coming to MTV, BET Centric, Music Choice and other video outlets for summer 2013. The video shows various well known families together with TRAEDONYA! bringing her vocal rendition with true emotions. ”I just didn’t want to do too much because the song speaks for itself. I feel the visuals captures the essence of the song,” says TRAEDONYA!

In more TRAEDONYA! news you can now download her brand new app. The app will allow fans to hear about all things new about TRAEDONYA! in real time. The app is available on iPhone and android platforms.

”Family Affair” will be the bonus song on her debut Ep’, High Fructose Corn Syrup, available from Fall 2013.

TRAEDONYA! explains how this classic cover came about and means to her in this interview; http://youtube.com/watch?v=yNOpXhhYLvU.

Download the App: 

iPhone platform: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/traedonya/id628608607?mt=8
Android platform: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appbuilder.u246686p429214&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5HChbIdWlsZGVyLnUyNDY2ODZwNDI5MjE0Il0



Bookings : prohibitionent@hotmail.com

Look out for more from TRAEDONYA! in FAULT Issue 16 this Fall!