Worm Disco joins forces with Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival to present the latest sounds from jazz and beyond. Saturdays Gig will include Emma-Jean Thackray, corto.alto, Aku! & A DJ set by Rebecca Vasmant
In association with Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival, the city’s leading independent promoters, music adventurers Worm Disco, will present two nights featuring some of the leading lights of the contemporary jazz scene. Taking place at Fiddlers, the two nights will feature a live bands plus DJs and feature a taste of the current new wave.
First to be announced is a triple bill of bands plus DJ for Saturday 28 March: Emma-Jean Thackray, corto.alto, Aku and DJ Rebecca Vasmant. A talent of undeniable breadth, Emma-Jean Thackray is an alumnus of Trinity College London, a Red Bull Music Academy collaborator and a wonderful trumpet player with equal vocal and production skills to match. Emma-Jean’s star is steadily rising and over the past year she has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, written music for BBC Radio 1, guested on a track with Scrimshire (Wah-Wah 45’s) and become part of Neue Grafik’s band. Her signature trumpet sound – plus clarinet, flugel, drums and more – combined with being an accomplished beatmaker, composer, bandleader and remixer combine to make music described as ‘hypnotic, low-end with psychedelic soul that’s cross-bred with woozy horns’ by Downbeat. Her support of Nubya Garcia at Fiddlers last year gave Bristol a taste of these talents, and now she returns with her awesome band Walrus Led by award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and visual artist Liam Shortall, corto.alto brings together eight of Glasgow’s most exciting young musicians; a nu-jazz collective blending sounds from Afrobeat, hip hop & soul, backed by an integral jazz mindset. Their home-recorded tracks have attracted a massive following and 2020 will be the year they break south of the border as the next hottest thing.
A hard-boiled trio of Scottish musicians, AKU! always make a powerful statement when they perform. They generate their sound with saxophone and trombone trading between the roles of a rhythm section and a frontline with the use of effects on top of highly intense drums. Fusing together the genres of noise-rock, afrobeat and hip-hop AKU! are thriving to follow in the footsteps of artists including Death Grips, Sons of Kemet, Fela Kuti and The Thing
Closing out the evening, Rebecca Vasmant is a DJ who has been making serious moves this last year. Also from Glasgow, her passion for music, in particular for Jazz & the emerging new sounds of Scotland come through on her monthly Worldwide FM show and played the closing set at Gille’s Worldwide Festival in Séte last summer, directly after the man himself.