Thursday, Feb 9 – Today, JAZZ RE: FRESH OUTERNATIONAL, the international showcasing partnership between Jazz re:freshed and British Underground, announced the lineup for their UK Jazz Showcase at this year’s SXSW, taking place on March 15 at Sellers Underground. The showcase returns to SXSW for its sixth year and marks Jazz re:freshed’s twentieth year nurturing British jazz talent and propelling it onto the global stage.
The lineup features incredible rising British talent including dynamic ensemble performances from collectives Stream Down proclaimed as a fundamental catalyst of London’s flourishing Jazz scene, and Balimaya Project, an 11-piece polyrhythmic horn blazing supergroup who are bridging London’s bustling jazz circuit and the traditional repertoire and folklore of the Mandé peoples of West Africa. The showcase will also feature fast rising star Yazmin Lacey who already counts Questlove amongst her fans of her unique genre bending blend of jazz, neo-soul, electronia and Camilla George, an extraordinary visionary saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, performing music from her celebrated record ‘Ibio Ibio’, a tribute to her tribe the Ibibio people of South Eastern Coastal Nigeria. Additionally, DoomCannon, a celebrated London-based composer, producer & multi-instrumentalist, and Marcus Joseph, an innovative musician and spoken word artist, will make their SXSW live debut.
Now an acclaimed SXSW staple, which has been spotlighted in Rolling Stone Magazine and The New York Times to name a few, the showcase has helped stars including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, and Moses Boyd launch their US careers, and produced unique recording projects including their live-stream from the iconic Abbey Road studios for SXSW 2021.
SHOWCASE RUNNING ORDER
20:00 Marcus Joseph
21:00 Yazmin Lacey
22:00 Camilla George
23:00 Balimaya Project
24:00 Doom Cannon
01:00 Steam Down
Yvette Griffith, Co-Chief Exec and Executive Director of Jazz re:freshed says of this showcase, Not only does 2023 mark 7 years of us bringing some seriously amazing musicians to showcase at SXSW, this year is extra special because we’re celebrating 20 years of Jazz re:freshed and are proud to continue our support and promotion of the freshest talent on the UK jazz scene.
Crispin Parry, founder of British Underground says, “We are thrilled to be back at SXSW with our friends Jazz re:freshed offering an incredible slate of emerging talent in celebration of 20 years of hard work taking UK jazz to the world and making the world sit-up and listen.”
Ahnansé from Steam Down says, “We are so excited to be performing for the first time ever in the US with our family Jazz Re:Freshed alongside so many incredible bands and artists. It’s been a long time coming since we were unable to attend in 2020 due to the pandemic, so after all of this hard work we’re really grateful to finally have the opportunity to perform at SXSW now in 2023 and we cannot wait!”
Yahael Camara Onono from Balimaya Project says, “We are looking forward to playing SXSW this year. It’s been one of our goals to come to Austin and share our music with the wider audience that flocks to SXSW every year and to finally be able to do that is truly a blessing. Get ready, we are coming!!”