The 30th Ealing Blues Festival properly underway today. If last year’s festival is anything to go by the range and variety of musicians will cement the Ealing Jazz Festival even further with not only finding the best established acts in the world of jazz, but also the next generation of young and up and coming musicians.
Nick Mills and the Blue Note Project
Taking to the main stage at 17:45 on Thursday Nick Mills’ Blue Note Project will kick things off in a classic jazz vein taking influence from the legendrary Blue Note label’s 1960’s releases. Fans of Art Blakey, Joe Henderson and Horace Silver should check this set out!
Jeh aren’t for everyone, but they need to be seen though. While they have a jazz background they pull in elements from electronica and noise rock to create something beautiful but changeling. They will be gracing the South Stage from 19:30 on Thursday.
Everyone at thisyearinmusic is a big fan of Selectric. Fundamentally what Selectric do is use jazz time signatures, but add a horn and string section to, along with Math-Rock influences to create something infuriatingly catchy. If you can picture Jaga Jazzist covering Silver Mt. Zion and adding a pop twist, you’re on the right tracks. They close the South Stage from 21:00 on Thursday.
Ray Gelato Giants
After that noise and confusion of the South Stage, why not end Thursday with some high energy swing curtesy of the Ray Gelato Giants. Ray has been playing at festivals all over the world since 1988, so he knows how to put on a good show!
So there you have Thursday’s line up for the 30th Ealing Jazz Festival. I’ll see you by the South Stage for some jazz and delicious jerk chicken!