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Joe Lovano Village Rhythms Band

A second chance to hear a concert at Ronnie Scott's in which American saxophonist Joe Lovano explores the link between west African music and jazz with his Village Rhythms Band.

A second chance to hear American saxophonist Joe Lovano and his Village Rhythms Band explore the links between West African music and jazz in concert at Ronnie Scott's in London.

In a career spanning nearly four decades, Lovano's vast catalogue of releases on Blue Note Records as well as time spent with John Scofield, Paul Motian and Saxophone Summit has cemented him a reputation as one of the leading names in the post-bop tradition. However a trip to Lagos, Nigeria in 1981 also spawned a different musical fascination that had a lasting effect on his career. It was there that he met and jammed with afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti - an experience that over 30 years on forms the inspiration for his Village Rhythms Band, a project that explores the pulsing groove of Africa alongside Lovano's own rich history as an improviser.

Here in concert at Ronnie Scott's the saxophonist is joined by a group of master groove players, featuring guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Michael Olatuja, drummer Otis Brown III and Senegalese percussionist Abdou Mboup.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Joe Lovano’s Village Rhythms Band in concert at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London on the 30 April 2015

    • Joe Lovano Vilage Rhythms Band

      Fela's Shrine After Midnight

    • Joe Lovano Village Rhythms Band

      Waxtaan

  • Joe Lovano in conversation with Kevin Le Gendre

    • Fela Kuti

      I. T. T. (International Thief)

    • Fela Kuti

      Beasts Of No Nation

    • Dr. Lonnie Smith

      Afrodesia

  • Joe Lovano’s Village Rhythms Band in concert at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London on the 30 April 2015

    • Joe Lovano Village Rhythms Band

      Yoruban Prophet

    • Joe Lovano Village Rhythms Band

      On Pebble Street

    • Joe Lovano Village Rhythms Band

      Tafawa Balewa Square

    • Joe Lovano Village Rhythms Band

      Jaabante

    • Joe Lovano Village Rhythms Band

      Fleurette

  • Unsung Heroes: Sarah Gail Brand in conversation with saxophonist Caroline Kraabel

    • John Edwards & Caroline Kraabel

      Untitled

    • Caroline Kraabel

      Newspaper Ladies

    • Mass Producers

      Performance for Large Saxophone Ensemble 1

    • Chemistry Beats Electricity

      Unreleased Live Recording

  • Peter Brötzmann in concert at Tectonics Festival, Glasgow on 1 May 2015

    • Peter Brötzmann

      Untitled

Line up:

Joe Lovano (tenor and soprano saxophones); Liberty Ellman (guitar); Michael Olatuja (bass); Abdou Mboup (percussion, kora); Otis Brown III (drums)

Broadcasts

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