News: January 26-February 2 - Milestone series is total refreshment

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News: January 26-February 2 - Milestone series is total refreshment


Fri, 27/01/2017 - 13:02


26 January, 2017

JAZZ Cafe and Total Refreshment Centre have launched their Milestones series, celebrating some of the 20th century’s greatest jazz albums. Across 12 Mondays in 2017, handpicked musicians will reinvent and reinterpret the likes of Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Featuring a selection of some of the finest players currently contributing to London’s contemporary jazz scene, the band will include a revolving line-up of players led by pianist and band leader, Ashley Henry. Each Monday, the band will take on one of the following landmark albums: Thelonious Monk’s Brilliant Corners (Jan 30); Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come (Feb 6); Madlib’s Shades of Blue (Feb 13); Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue (Feb 20); Charles Mingus’ Mingus Ah Um (Feb 27); John Coltrane’s Giant Steps (March 6); Dave Brubeck’s Time Out (March 13); Duke Ellington’s The Blanton-Webster Band (March 20); and Mary Lou Williams’ Black Christ of the Andes (March 27).

CATCH screenings of documentary film Danny Says, chronicling the iconic life and times of Danny Fields, the legend who since 1966 played a pivotal part in shaping rock and roll and the counterculture of the late 20th century, at cinemas across London between Jan 27 and Feb 21. The film, named after a Ramones song, follows Danny from his early rock journalism days to working for The Doors, Lou Reed and more, later managing The Stooges, MC5 and The Ramones. It features candid commentary from the likes of Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Judy Collins, Tommy Ramone, Jac Holzman, Lenny Kaye, Wayne Kramer, John Cameron Mitchell, Jann Wenner and Fields himself. Screenings at ICA Cinema, Curzon DocHouse, Picturehouse Central, Regent Street Cinema and Genesis Cinema.

CLUB de Fromage has taken itself off to Alexandra Palace for a couple of sessions of Fromage on Ice. On January 28, be ready for the Power Ballads special – details of more to follow.

THE third instalment of Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey’s Dancefloor Meditations takes place at Spiritland on January 29 (DJ support to be confirmed) with the fourth on January 30 (DJ support from Severino), billed as a journey into sound, word, rhythm and light.

THE nights are cold but the music is warm, and the Aficionado monthly residency continues apace. Come and join Moonboots and Jason Boardman at Spiritland for a musical education.

UK rapper Mic Righteous brings 18-track album, Dreamland, to The Camden Assembly on Feb 1.

HAS Star Wars branding missed any corner of society yet? Galactic Empire – the Star Wars-themed rock band – play Islington Academy on February 1 – deem for yourself if they are worthy of the tiitle.

BBC Introducing and SJM Concerts will curate a monthly night at The Lexington on the first Thursday of every month, starting on February 2, presenting some of the UK’s best new bands, with Cabbage, The Shimmer Band and April on the first bill.

DON'T forget Roundhouse In The Round begins tonight (Thursday) – a series of intimate performances staged in a rarely seen fully seated concert set-up, featuring Lambchop, Ghetts, Jaga Jazzist, Lisa Hannigan, Orchestra Baobab, Susheela Raman performing with Ghost Gamelan Orchestra, a co-headline set from Martha Wainwright and Ed Harcourt, The Tiger Lillies, and Julian Cope, plus more to be announced.


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