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Take Five Presents: J Frisco

Take Five Presents: J Frisco

Fri 20 November 2020

Stream time / 6:00pm

EFG London Jazz Festival is very proud to present its inaugural showcase of artists from Serious’ prestigious Take Five talent development programme – a scheme that supports emerging jazz and improvising musicians through mentorship, residencies, and collaborations. Past participants include Seb Rochford, Shabaka Hutchings, Yazz Ahmed, and Nubya Garcia. The inaugural Take Five presents features performances by 10 artists from the last two years of Take Five, who Serious have commissioned to create a bespoke video of a performance of some of their newest material which will be broadcast throughout the festival.

J Frisco, Jemma Freese on keys, Megan Roe on guitar, and Lara Jones on sax; are an award-winning avant-garde jazz trio featuring soprano saxophone, electric guitar, keyboards and vocals; they create improvised genre-fluid soundscapes and noise drawn from emotion, political, and gender issues. They thrive on challenging both their own and their audiences perceptions of time, space and sound. 

Performance highlights include a headline show at Vortex Jazz Club, Sofar Sounds, The Cockpit: Jazz in the Round and many UK jazz festivals including Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival and have supported acts including Courtney Pine, Portico Quartet, Laura Jurd, Roller Trio, Matthew Bourne, and Elliott Galvin.

They released their debut album ‘naked’ in 2018, and new single 'Do You Want' is recently released from their new album 'Cut Throat' that will be out later this year.

More left field sounds came from all female Leeds - based trio J Frisco, confusing darkly cinematic, angst-laden atmospherics via guitar, sax, electronics and vocals in an angrily defiant statement. Compelling performers, their progress will be well worth watching

Jazzwise Magazine

Challenging established models of genre, performance, gender, and time, J Frisco have placed themselves within the perfect vehicle for releasing and curating their creative ideas. If their recent activity is anything to go by, J Frisco will be the ones that other musicians will want to follow.

Matthew Bourne

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