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15 - 24 November 2024

#WeAreJazz

TC & The Groove Family + Oreglo

TC & The Groove Family + Oreglo

Fri 10 November 2023

Stage time / 9:00pm

Doors / 7:00pm

Celebrating the Jazz Clubs

Location

Fox and Firkin,
316 Lewisham High Street
Lewisham
SE13 6JZ

TC & The Groove Family are a 10-piece collective whose music celebrates the coming together of cultures, and the community that music can provide for everyone. Originally formed in Leeds, their sound reflects the diverse musical and cultural backgrounds at the core of the project, with songs exploring grooves and genres from the UK and around the world, including afrobeat, broken beat, jungle, jazz and grime.

Driven by drummer Tim Cook (TC) and fronted by Sheffield wordsmith Franz Von, their live shows are powerful and dynamic, creating moments of both euphoria and stillness to keep audiences on their toes. The band have supported afro-fusion legends K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade and UK jazz pioneers Nubiyan Twist, Yussef Dayes and PYJÆN en route to becoming one of the most sought after live acts on the UK jazz circuit.

Word spread quickly about the group after they performed on the Chai Wallah stage at Shambino in August 2021, leading to them signing to Bristol label Worm Discs (Snazzback, corto. alto) for the release of their debut album ‘First Home’ in 2022. Recorded and produced by Tom Excell (Nubiyan Twist, ONIPA), the record reflects upon home being about the people and community you share it with, rather than a set physical space.

Building on the success of early singles, the record found support from tastemakers including Jamz Supernova and Craig Charles on BBC Radio 6, Emily Pilbeam on BBC Introducing West Yorkshire, and their single ‘Duende’ was playlisted on Jazz FM. This also grew into widespread editorial support across Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. Summer 2022 saw them make a name for themselves on the UK festival circuit, with appearances at Glastonbury, We Out Here, Greenman and Kendal Calling topped with a crowning headline set on the Chai Wallah stage at Shambala.

April 2023 saw the band embark on their first UK-wide venue tour, supported with funding from Jazz North’s ‘Northern Line’ programme, before heading into the studio to record a new EP with serial collaborator Tom Excell. Another busy summer of festival appearances lies ahead, as the band continue to build their reputation as an exceptional live act not to be missed.

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