Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Stuart Henderson Quartet - The Magic of Miles Davis

Stuart Henderson
Stuart Henderson Quartet
Stuart Henderson - trumpet
Pete Billington  - piano
Raph Mizraki - bass
Simon Price - drums
Kelvin Christiane - saxophone
Barbie Benson - vocals

Pete Billington
Date - 20th March 2018
Venue - Twickenham Jazz Club, Twickenham, UK
Current album - Up Wind

Kelvin Christiane
Future performance
25th March 2018 (3.30pm) - Sunday Jazz at the Retreat
25th March 2018 (8pm) - Jazz at the Hare Bethnal Green
30th March 2018 - Remix Jazz Orchestra, Finchampstead Memorial Hall, The Village, Finchampstead, Wokingham RG40 4JT, UK

Raph Mizraki
A vibrant and energised night at Twickenham Jazz Club, one of the jazz jewels in the West London crown. Old and new faces packed out the music bar at the Cabbage Patch pub, the home of the club on Tuesdays. The music of Miles Davis and the performance of Stuart Henderson's quartet had drawn them in from the cold. Many had come to celebrate the 60th birthday of Kelvin Christiane, who runs the club with his wife Lesley, all left in uplifted spirits with cake and fire in their bellies. Long live jazz, long live Miles the king, the magic lives on.

From 1983 - 2005 Stuart Henderson was principal trumpet of The Scots Guards Band in Her Majesty’s Household Division. During this period he played many times for the Royal Family and at State occasions all over the world. Since leaving the services Stuart has become a fixture on the UK jazz scene appearing with many of the countries finest jazz musicians.

He leads various small groups and is musical director of the Remix Jazz Orchestra. He has played at many jazz festivals including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brecon. Recording credits include dance labels “Nanny Tango”, “Soul Purpose” and “Greenfly”, and artistic collaborations with Tongues of Fire, Macnas and Mark Anderson “Dark Spark”. His commercial work includes the Rebecca Poole quartet, the String of Pearls, Joe Loss, The Showbiz Pops Orchestra and Nick Heyward.

Simon Price
Real Jazz musicians love to play to an intimate, individual audience who truly listen to their music. This cannot be achieved in huge venues like The Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall or many of our central London prestigious venues, yet often the musicians that appear at Twickenham Jazz Club are in middle of a tour at such venues and just seek a 'Proper Jazz Gig' - they just want to relax and play the music they love, to a listening audience.

In December 2014, the club moved to a new home, the world famous Cabbage Patch in London Road, Twickenham. Right in the middle of town, a stroll from Twickenham Station and with excellent bus services that stop virtually outside the door, the new venue promises to deliver even better jazz on a regular basis in a more accessible location where the Club continues to build its reputation as one of the best jazz clubs in London.

Barbie Benson

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Namlo & Jhuma Limbu - Nepalese Crossover

Ganga Thapa
Ganga Thapa
Bishwo Shahi
Robyn Hemming
Gizem Altinordu
Shreya Rai
Jhuma Limbu

Date - 14th March 2018
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album - Namlo (2017)

Robyn Hemming
Future Performance
18th April 2018 - Tuned-In London, Sands Films Studios, 82 St Marychurch Street, Rotherhithe, SE16 4HZ

Namlo & Jhuma Limbu on this A World in London!
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Shreya Rai
Our radio session with London’s unique Nepalese band Namlo and special guest singer Jhuma Limbu extended into an unforgettable three day East-West musical trek, beginning on Wednesday at Resonance FM! This South London session was an ear-opener to the voyage of discovery that Namlo & Jhuma are also on, exploring regional and ethnic differences that they weren’t aware of before.

Bishwo Shahi
Nepal may be a tiny country but it has remote areas divided by mountains & valleys, and Jhuma comes from the East which neighbours Bhutan. Southerners are more influenced by India and the Northerners Tibet. It takes a rendezvous in London for these crossovers to happen, and Jhuma Limbu has been in town since November, recording her second album – ‘Sounds of Mundhum’ - with Namlo producer/guitarist Bishwo Shahi. Nepal’s Night Band introduced Jhuma to Namlo founder & composer, Ganga Thapa, who hails from western Nepal but has lived in South London for ten years and is our most talented torch bearer for Nepalese folk songs.

Jhuma Limbu
AWIL was the first radio show to champion Namlo, four years ago, and with enormous pride we’ve watched the band evolve into the versatile, confident, cosmopolitan collective they are now. The other Namlonians include Welsh double-bassist Robyn Hemming, Turkish multi-percussionist Gizem Altinordu, Lucie Treacher on clarinet, Californian cellist Eileen O’Neall, and divine singer Shreya Rai whose duets with Ganga have matured into perfect harmony. Together, Ganga & Shreya have developed a Kishore/Lata vocal partnership, and if you know your Bollywood playback singers and how much skill goes into achieving that level of quality then no praise could be higher. Ganga is a gifted master of melodic songwriting too, so let this be your primary focus beyond where the band’s repertoire originates from.

Gizem Altinordu
Our second date with Namlo was on Thursday, when DJ Ritu co-hosted their concert along with Tina Tamang, out in the wilds of Essex at The Thameside Theatre.  It took numerous hours to get there, almost requiring a passport to the East, but the effort was rewarded by such an appreciative crowd hungry for a taste of ‘back home’. A sizeable chunk of the Gurkha community settled in Thurrock ten years ago after actress Joanna Lumley’s appealed for these brave soldiers to have the right to remain in the UK after years of dedicated service to the British Army. Hence, it was a dignified audience, with ex-military men and their families, but a few guys broke ranks and couldn’t resist the urge to bop on stage compelled by Namlo’s songs and Yak Bites’ spicy food! We completed our mini-tour with Namlo on Friday at North London’s hottest night-spot, Balabam, where predominantly young, non-Nepalese but globally-minded revellers danced their socks off to an epic Himalayan mountain rock set by the band. Wherever the compass points to - North, South, East, West - all routes lead upwards to Namlo’s magnificent musical mountain peak! See them at Tuned-In London, Sands Films on April 18th!
14/3/18 – AWIL 157  Online: Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling,  and sketches by Alban Low. In support of the UCC university strikes there was no AWIL at SOAS Radio, but next week we’ll be chatting with the Blood Tub Orchestra, and singer/musician Roger Grech will join us at Resonance FM!
#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Monday, 12 March 2018

The Yoruba Women Choir - Funmi Olawumi

Funmi Olawumi
The Yoruba Women Choir
Funmi Olawumi

Date - 7th March 2018
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Future Performance
12th March 2018 - Union Chapel, London
24th May 2018 - Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham
26th May 2018 - The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
9th June 2018 - Colchester Arts Theatre

The Yoruba Women Choir on this A World in London!
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Some of Africa’s best voices are in town for a concert at Islington’s Union Chapel on March 12th and coinciding beautifully with International Women’s week they just happen to be female! It’s been a personal ambition for AWIL to meet with The Yoruba Women Choir for years and at last our prayers were answered when founder & director Funmi Olawumi stepped into our studio on Wednesday. Funmi is Nigeria’s very own musical Wonder Woman, blessed with magnificent vocal chords, and magical vision that empowers other women & champions Yoruba culture. She created her first troupe in 1998, a formidable trio known as the Queens of Lagos, and in 2005, she expanded the group into a fully-fledged choir collecting sister singers from the entire country. The Yoruba Women Choir ensures that female voices are heard loud & clear, both at home, and on the world stage. Thanks to the promoters of the annual London African Music Festival - Biyi Adepegba & Barbara Pukwana from Joyful Noise- YOU can hear them right here! More info at
Funmi Olawumi
7/3/18 – AWIL 156  Online: Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling,  and sketches by Alban Low. Also this week Amanda Noar’s Impact Theatre Company - #MadeInDagenham – The Musical at SOAS Radio – click here:
 Next week Jamie Renton at SOAS and Jhuma Limbu & Namlo at Resonance! #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Friday, 23 February 2018

London Violins - A World in London exhibition

London Violins
A World in London exhibition

Menuhin Hall, Cobham Road, Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey, KT11 3QQ, February to June 2018

Official launch night 6.30-7.30pm, 6th June 2018 on A World in London at Resonance FM TUNE IN!!! Special guest Alice Barron from the Iyatra Quartet.

Exhibition open for daytime viewing: weekdays 10am-12.30pm & 1pm -3pm.

An exhibition of 24 drawings by artist Alban Low documenting the performances of London violinists. Alban has been sketching the capital’s musicians for ten years, spending his evenings in concert halls and jazz clubs. In 2016 he joined the radio programme A World in London, sketching musicians as they play live in the studio. The drawings you see here are of 8 violinists and the musicians they regularly play with. All the musicians have been featured on A World in London.

The radio programme ‘A World in London’ has been at the heart of the capital’s music scene since 2007. Originally broadcast on the BBC, it is now based at SOAS Radio (University of London) and Resonance FM. Hosted and produced by DJ Ritu, the show has an unrivalled reputation for presenting a rich cultural mix that truly reflects the diverse musical tastes of London and its people. DJ Ritu and Alban Low are producing a series of exhibitions and books that document the ever-changing live music scene in London. London stirs with musicians from all nations, playing in
venues from grand concert halls to vibrant upstairs rooms in pubs. This series aims to capture a moment in those musicians’ lives and tell the story of their favourite venues.

The book ‘London Violins: Part 1’ (A World in London chapbook, ISBN 9781910578773)
accompanies this exhibition.

Alban Low is involved in many creative projects, including album artwork, live performance, making films and maps, conceptual exhibitions, publishing chapbooks and good old-fashioned drawing. He is artist-in-residence at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's University of London.

DJ Ritu is a pioneering international turntablist & BBC Radio presenter. In the ‘90s she co-founded Outcaste Records, signing Nitin Sawhney and Badmarsh & Shri. Ritu has also broadcast for BBC World Service, Kiss 100 and many others. She manages two London club nights, Kuch Kuch and Club Kali, which are the longest running Bollywood events in the UK.

Musicians featured in the exhibition

James Patrick Gavin and Tad Sargent
Alice Barron and George Sleightholme
Olga Baron and John Macnaughton
Robert Atchison and Olga Dudnik
Agnes Branner and Martin Weightman
Anna Lowenstein and Rey Yusuf
Sarah Montague and Andrew Ryser Szymański
Richard Jones and Christian Miller

A special thank you to Chris Holley, Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker and Sophie Darling for supporting this exhibition. 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Pharoah Russell - Air to Breathe E.P. launch

Pharoah Russell
Pharoah Russell - vocals, percussion
Christopher Langley - guitar, vocals
Basile Petite - bass, vocals
Kwesi Yvorra – drums
Rachel D'Arcy – vocals
Barbora Bartz - violin

Date - 21st February 2018
Venue - Upstairs at The Ritzy, Brixton, London, UK
New E.P. - Air to Breathe (2018)

Kwesi Yvorra
Pharoah Russell is well known to London music scene lovers and especially to Effra Hall Tavern and Agile Rabbit regulars as a fine and versatile young drummer. Last night at Upstairs at The Ritzy (Brixton) he launched his debut EP Air To Breathe, a four tracker full of creativity and laidback positivity.

Basile Petite

Russell has been part of the London scene for many years, cutting his teeth with Britjazz trio Partikel in the noughties. Past/present collaborations and credits include The Noisettes, Emiliana Torinni, Cirque Du Soleil, Congo Natty, Shabaka Hutchings, Jeremy Warmley, Agaskodo Teliverek, Damo Suzuki, Thidius, Andrew Ashong, Aar Maanta, Mr Jukes, Jack Tyson-Charles, Kokoroko, Ese and the Voodoo People, Errol Linton and more. This EP shows a new side to Russell, a facet that reveals his considerable skills as a multi-instrumentalist and explores a new found talent for singing and song writing. 

Christopher Langley

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Giorgos Pafitis - In the Winelight

Giorgos Pafitis
Giorgos Pafitis - guitar
José Canha - bass
Demi Garcia Sabat - drums

Date - 8th February 2018
Venue - Waitrose Kings Cross, Granary Square, London, UK
Giorgos Pafitis EP - Coming Up (2015)

Customers at Waitrose Kings Cross are being treated to a free jazz concert every Thursday night. The London Granary Square store is part of a recent re-development of the area next to the Regent’s Canal. The store (a converted railway engine-shed) already boasted a wine and beer bar and outside patio space.

Words below adapted from Waitrose Wine Notes....

Giorgos Pafitis - Youthful guitar with forward fruity flavours, handsomely bodied with good balance. Blended from a selection of the Cyprus Military Band, London College of Music and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire to give his music that ripe crunchy fruitiness, youthful vibes and harmonious spirit.

José Canha
José Canha - Elegant toasty bass gives his music the perfect frame for a charming and lingering night. A plummy rich talent from Portugal that displays meticulous care in every aspect of creativity

Demi Garcia Sabat

Demi Garcia Sabat - Smooth complex and beautifully aged this percussionist delivers a remarkable intensity on the ears with ripe and smoky complexity. The sound is silky soft with wild moments of spice and toasted tones.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Albert Man - Say Something Loving - single launch

Albert Man
Albert Man
Dan Johnson
Joe Watt
Rachel George

Date - 7th February 2018
Venue - 1901 Arts Club, Waterloo, London, UK

Single launch Say Something Loving
Watch the video HERE

Rachel George
The award-winning, Manchester-born singer-songwriter Albert Man has established himself as one of the most creative songwriters on the London gig circuit. He performed at 12 festivals over the summer of 2017 including The Great Escape, Camden Rocks, Liverpool Sound City, Reverb Festival, Tramlines and Standon Calling. He also organises his own music festival, Music Makers Festival,

Dan Johnson
Albert Man was featured on Best Of British Unsigned as “one to watch” for 2017 saying they “love Albert's sound”. This was swiftly followed up with him being chosen as their featured artist of the day twice and has been nominated for 'Best Unsigned Male' for their Unsigned Music Awards 2017.
Man had a sold out launch at St Pancras Old Church for his 2017 EP ‘Nothing Of Nothing Much’ ( and the live recording has been released as a live album called 'Live At St Pancras Old Church' ( His 2016 self-produced album 'Cheap Suit' ( won the 'Best Independent Album' award on the Alternative Friday blog.