London Gay Big Band, Charlotte Keeffe and Ifelayo
Women in Jazz Media in partnership with the London Gay Big Band present an incredible night of LGBTQ+ musicians!
Charlotte Keeffe’s approach and passion for jazz, experimental and freely improvised music sees her performing regularly as a soloist and as part of a variety of different ensembles, including her own quartet; Charlotte Keeffe(‘s) Quartet. Her quartet features Ashley John Long on double bass, Ben Handysides on drums and Moss Freed on guitar.
Charlotte programs, promotes and presents videos of freely improvised music from around the world and is a trustee of the free improvisation music trust, Mopomoso Trust. She was the Assistant Musical Director of the London Gay Big Band in 2019, before focusing more on her own music making; exploring her composed material with free improvisation. Right Here, Right Now is Charlotte’s Discus Music release, featuring her improvised works for solo, duo, quartet and large ensemble. She is involved in several Discus Music projects as a composer and performer, including Discus Music’s creative director, Martin Archer’s Anthropology Band with; Jazz FM's Gold Award winner Orphy Robinson MBE, Chris Sharkey, Pat Thomas, Anton Hunter and Martin Archer.
The London Gay Big Band, founded in the summer of 2011, is a sensational twenty piece jazz orchestra made up of predominantly - but not exclusively - LGBT musicians and vocalists, bringing a fresh and fabulous vibe to the London music scene. Since its formation, the Band has gone from strength to strength, performing at a number of high profile events and venues throughout London and internationally. Previous appearances include Ronnie Scott's, BST Hyde Park Festival, Southbank Centre, main stage at Trafalgar Square for Pride in London, main stage at BT London Live in Victoria Park Roundhouse, Hackney Empire, The Lord Mayor's Show among many others.
Tonight a specially formed Small big band is going to bring the house down. Ending the evening is Ifelayo, a London based DJ/ Drummer. She started playing drums at the age of nine and within the last four years she has cultivated and evolved.