For many, Brexit has not been music to our ears. That's why Paris-based Duc Des Lombards have taken the opportunity to celebrate UK jazz with a "Brexit Week," proving why its so hard to say goodbye.
Brexit comes at a point where the UK (and particularly the London) jazz scene is experiencing a moment in the spotlight. While it is unclear whether the result of 2016’s referendum will make international touring more difficult for British acts, the stage has been set for a less-than-smooth exit.
That’s why the Paris-based club Duc Des Lombards have partnered with Ronnie Scott’s in London to say goodbye in their own way – Brexit Week. From March 24 to 30, they have dedicated themselves to showcasing British talent while it still remains European.
Tuesday 26 will feature the singular groove of Ruby Rushton before the pianist Ashley Henry, often seen with the likes of Makaya McCraven or Christine and the Queens, will take to the stage on Wednesday 27. On Thursday, the Duke will present Hejira, the Ethiopian-inspired vocal trio and the Ronnie Scott’s Band will work their magic on Friday 29.
Lastly, bringing the week to a close in a style befitting of forty-six years of European bonds, Ronnie Scott’s will host the Duc All Stars in London while the sensational funk-spiritual stylings of Chip Wickham can be seen Paris.
Curiously, this follows from something of a trend in recent months, with “Goodbye UK and Thank You for the Music” celebrations having taken place in Berlin, and Matthew Herbert’s ever-more-active Brexit Big Band set to release an album alongside a countdown to March 29.
Meanwhile in Paris, Brexit Week boasts a bill that catches the eyes of jazz fans from either side of the water. Visit here for tickets and more info.