Upcoming Events

Ewen Baird

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Saxophonist and bandleader, Ewen is originally from Malawi but spent his formative years in Edinburgh.

He is currently based in Oxford. Amongst others, he has performed with  Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Geoff Castle, Kenny Baker and Dave Jones.

He has an MMus in Jazz performance from Birmingham Conservatoire and teaches the saxophone and Jazz Improvisation around Oxfordshire.

Ewen first met P.R.S. for their debut gig together at Stray’s in Newark which completely sold out. So this one should be another great night for serious jazz fans and foot tappers alike!

P.R.S. are:

  • Steve Rodda – guitar
  • Mat Short – bass
  • Si Potts – drums

Rachael Johnson

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Hot on the heels of a very special night with GARY READER & MOJA we are proud to announce that jazz pianist RACHAEL JOHNSON has accepted the invitation to come to Louth next month.

This will also mark the return of our popular house band P.R.S. – Simon Potts, Steve Rodda and Mat Short – who will be there to accompany Rachael on stage.

Rachael’s return visit is long overdue – she first appeared as part of a quartet with EMILY FARRAR back in December 2019…

Just how many of you can remember that evening?

Until recently Rachael resided in Northamptonshire but now lives in Nottingham from where she plays frequently across the region. She is currently touring the UK with “MmmAhhWhoosh” a jazz show for 0-5 year olds with fantastic female jazz vocalist Mellow Baku.

Rachael is booked as a solo performer at Glastonbury Festival this coming year and is regularly playing throughout the UK in leading Jazz clubs and other festivals.

She has released two albums with mainly original compositions (the first was “Purple and Green” in 2017) and is in the process of recording another. She will perform some of this original self-penned material when she comes to Louth, along with some well known standards.

Her other “originals” band – ‘The Bumblin’ Bees’ – also has a single called ‘Bumblin’ and you can find this on Spotify and other well known online sites.

Rachael’s style has been described as jazz/funk/hip-hop and her main influences are jazz giants Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and Monty Alexander. Judge for yourself…

So this is another evening of Jazz at the Masons which is not to be missed. Scheduled for Monday 7th November, the full details are on the poster below, after which you will find ticket information for the event.

Hope to see you there…

MOJA

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MOJA, a band led by saxophonist Gary Reader present their new album ‘Journey of a Lifetime’, which was released on 31st March.

East Midlands based, they are part of a growing UK jazz scene outside of London. Their music, composed mostly by Gary, is heavily influenced by the great recordings on the Impulse label in the late 60s, by the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and Chico Hamilton, as well as late 60s/early 70s Miles, paying homage to ‘Bitches Brew’ and ‘On the Corner’.

Emphasis is on rhythm and melody with some cosmic excursions, on the back of highly accomplished musicianship. They mix moments of intensity with other moments of joyful exuberance. Should be an entertaining evening.

Emma Rawicz

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Knowing that we were in the company of a very special talent that night, no time was wasted in trying to secure her return. And it’s not just us who she’s impressed…

She has been turning heads in the UK jazz world everywhere she has played – her rapid progress is startling, being described as a force to be reckoned with’ (Jazzwise) and a fast rising star’ (London Jazz News). All the more remarkable when you consider Emma is just 19, she began playing saxophone aged 15, and only settled on tenor sax a year later.

Emma is a natural performer. Her music has a unique sound, fusing all her many influences, and her compositions range from lilting Afro Cuban inspired grooves to hard hitting modern jazz and funk numbers. She says

“I just love what I do. I love it so much. Even when I play a tiny jazz gig, and it’s not paid very much money, playing great music with great people is just the best feeling in the world.”

Could the timing of her visit to Louth be any better? To have the chance to experience a live performance from a young star in the making is a wonderful opportunity for every jazz enthusiast in our area.

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