The Jazz Animals - It must schwing

LONDON Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
London
SW1X 9DQ

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One of the most influential jazz labels in music history, Blue Note, celebrates its 80th birthday this year - reason enough for Siggi Loch, founder of the jazz label ACT, to curate a unique band that will follow in the footsteps of its founders, Alfred Lion & Francis Wolff

The band includes saxophonist Émile Parisien, Theo Croker (trumpet), Glenn Ferris (trombone), Yaron Herman (piano), Joe Martin (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). Special guest saxophonist Benny Golson and pianist Axel Zwingenberger will also join the show.

One thing is for sure: It will schwing!

Now there is still the slightly odd title of this to explain. While Francis Wolff as a photographer was responsible for the characteristic album covers of Blue Note, Alfred Lion defined their musical principles. Since he was never fully able to speak the language of his new home country his most distinctive sentence was “It must schwing” which all his musicians adhered to. Blue Note without groove was, and continued to be, unimaginable. 

It still is today but Siggi Loch lets his retrospective end in the mid-sixties. In 1967 Lion went into retirement and Wolff died four years later.