It would have been remiss of Field Day to downplay the undeniably vibrant jazz movement currently bubbling in South London. After a recent relocation to Herne Hill's Brockwell Park, the festival now finds itself geographically at the center of a movement, as well as figuratively, as Friday's impeccably curated lineup makes plain.
Truthfully, though, it would be reductive to group all the acts we've highlighted into one amorphous category called 'jazz' as part of what makes this scene so refreshing is the rapid cross-pollination of genres and ideas therein, and the endless collaborations of those at its heart. As such, consider this a roundup of our favourite acts associated with this movement, where 'jazz' can be treated as a euphemism for wildly original and hugely varied interpretations of Afro-diasporic genres the world over.
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Ezra Collective Boiler Room London Live Set
Ezra Collective: Ezra Collective’s superhuman musicianship nods to a background of tireless jazz study, whilst collectively repainting these influences in the service of something encompassing afrobeat, hip hop and more. Described by Boiler Room as “pioneering the new-wave of U.K. jazz” and winning Best Jazz Album at Gilles Peterson’s esteemed Worldwide awards in January 2018 for 'Juan Pablo: The Philosopher', their Friday night set will for some serve as Field Day’s most essential offering for jazz fans. Whilst not strictly a track, their Boiler Room session deftly demonstrates what all the fuss is about.