Music curator Jazz re:freshed together with showcase producer British Underground announced their project this week – Jazz Re:Freshed Outernational – a two year global partnership project presenting artists at the forefront of the UK Jazz revolution.
Since its creation in 2003 by Justin McKenzie and Adam Moses, the Jazz re:fresh musical movement has aimed to challenge prejudices within the Jazz Community, expose new underground artists and make the art accessible to a wide range of audiences. In 2016 they were nominated for ‘Best Jazz Promoter’ at the UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
Supported by the Arts Council England, the 2017 partnership will include a major stage at the SXSW Festival, Austin Texas, as well as a series of events with Brooklyn-based festival promoter Afropunk in Europe and North America.
The event is being spotlighted as a key showcase of the SXSW Festival on March 15 and will feature emerging Jazz artists currently shaping our understanding of the contemporary UK Jazz genre. Artists like Moses Boyd, Yussef Kamaal, United Vibrations and Native Dancer who will be joined by special guests GoGo Penguin and Sorathy Korwar.
Speaking of the event Moses Boyd says, “Jazz needs the opportunity to show what has been brewing over the past couple years. The scene here in the UK and America is thriving and churning out so much great forward thinking and unique approaches within the jazz umbrella. Organisations like Jazz re:freshed have been great in nurturing this and I feel audiences worldwide need to see how much good new music is out there.”
For more information visit the Jazz re:freshed website