“Fantastic!” CLARE TEAL - BBC RADIO 2
“Ziggy's Get's it right!" Mica Paris
“Epic, Uplifting" London Jazz Festival -TIme Out ★★★★
'STORIES TO TELL' : LIVE
Acoustic Jazz-Folk Special
“Sublime” ***** Time Out
Expect Sublime soundscapes, lush vocal harmonies and supreme musicianship from Top UK vocalist MISHKA ADAMS & songwriter, pianist, composer PETE CHURCHILL two of the UK's foremost jazz artists, songwriters & composers.
In this rare live collaboration performing songs from their acclaimed "Stories to Tell" Album. A Mesmerising collection of classic pieces reminiscent of the best work of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carol King. We find a meeting of five diverse musical personalities all highly individual and yet able to blend as one.
Brought together by the songs of Pete Churchill, this group also includes the extraordinary Mark Lockheart, the beautiful voice of Mishka Adams, the exquisite guitar of Ben Barritt, and percussionist Adriano Adewale. Songs of loss and longing, of love, of hope and searching. This is about story telling - come, listen and be part of the journey.
Mishka Adams has shared the stage with Omar, Roy Ayers, Rober Glasper, Jackie Dankworth, performing throughout the UK at Ronnie Scott's Club to the Royal Albert Hall.
Pete Churchill has extensively performed & collaborated with Marc Murphy, Bobby Mcferrin, Cleo Laine, Abdullah Ibrahim, Norma Winstone, Jon Hendrix & Quincy Jones to name few. He has also received a parliamentary award for services to Jazz education and is considered one of the UK's top Jazz educators at the Royal Academy, Guildhall & Trinity music conservatoires.
"Sublime" Time Out.
Ziggy's London Jazz Festival Opening night launches powerhouse drummer Steve Taylor and the Big Band eXpLoSiOn New Album "HITS" performing Steve's favourite music & songs with the Big Band eXpLoSiOn's trademark style.
Drum maestro Steve Taylor leads the band with his unmistakably vibrant drumming together with the luscious vocals of Ziggy's co-curator/percussionist/writing partner Josie Frater.
The band features 16 of the hottest horn charged crew around including Sax maestros, Parliamentary Jazz award winner Phil Meadows & long-time collaborator Vasilis Xenopoulos and Buddy Rich Alumni
Steve Taylor Big Band eXpLoSiOn always deliver, being acknowledged by fans and critics alike as one of the most exciting British jazz groups on the music scene; wowing audiences at Ronnie Scottís Jazz club, Pizza Express Jazz Club and Ziggy's to name a few.
Steve fuses his love of jazz, swing, rock and World Music to perform, high-energy material that expresses both tenderness and power in the same instant. Expect musical fireworks & Steveís deftly crafted arrangements of Al Jarreau, Gil Scott-Heron, Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, George Benson plus icing the cake with brand new original tracks & special guests.
EFG London Jazz Festival -OPENING NIGHT
“This Big Band Drives, Swings, Grooves & Rocks like no other!” ***** BBC Radio 2
An Explosive mix of swing, latin and funk, lead by UK Drum phenomenon Steve Taylor featuring Vocalist Josie Frater with the hottest band on the London scene.
“Awesome” Ronnie Scott’s
"Fiery & Hard Hitting” ***** Time Out
"Powerhouse drumming" Rhythm