Five new faces of Jazz

These new faces of Jazz are rebirthing the cool into the sounds and vibes of now, inspiring a new generation to keep the torch of Jazz music burning bright

Ego Ella May (2022) by Jelani PomellBlack Lives in Music

1. Ego Ella May

Ego Ella May is a songwriter and award-winning vocalist. Her neo-soul style and contemporary jazz compositions are wowing audiences and engaging a new and developing fan base for the genre.

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2. Xhosa Cole

BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year winner Xhosa Cole recently released his first debut album to great acclaim.  His work celebrates the music of the great Black American composers and improvisors in the way that keeps the music fresh and relevant to today’s young people.

Sheila Maurice Grey, Ms Maurice by Tatiana GorilovskyBlack Lives in Music

3. Sheila Maurice Grey

Ms Maurice, can regularly be seen leading her own groups as well as in a supporting role as a band member for some of the most influential breaking UK jazz acts of the moment.  As a leader, her own uniquely creative style is influenced by 70s jazz and West African music.

Theon Cross (2015) by Emile HolbaBlack Lives in Music

4. Theon Cross

It’s very rare that the words Jazz and Tuba go together but Theon Cross has taken the UK jazz scene by storm with his own very unique sound and approach.

Theon Cross by Tatiana GorilovskyBlack Lives in Music

Whether he is leading his own projects or playing as a core member of Mercury nominated Sons of Kemet, Theon is in the frontline of the UK Jazz scene and all that is innovative currently happening in this genre.

Jelly Clever (2022) by Natasa LeoniBlack Lives in Music

5. Jelly Cleaver

Band leader, singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer.  Jelly’s been hailed by Supreme Standards as ‘the next artist to make an impact on London’s Jazz Scene’.  Her work is eclectic, and Jelly is not afraid to voice a narrative of protest and politics through her music.

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