PortraitJazz#8: Brown and Roach Incorporated

For the 8th edition of #PortraitJazz we would like to explore 'Brown and Roach incorporated'. This album is one of several that resulted from the partnership between drummer Max Roach and trumpeter Clifford Brown after Roach invited Brown in New York City to join him in creating a band.

Together they selected additional musicians to comprise the quintet from among the jazz musicians currently active in Hollywood. The band's early line-ups included Sonny Stitt, Teddy Edwards, Carl Perkins and George Bledsoe, but by the time the first of these sessions was recorded in August 1954, they had been replaced by the more long-term line-up of Clifford Brown, Harold Land and Richie Powell, the musicians on this album.

Clifford Brown died in a car accident in 1956 but not before recording some truly amazing music. He is remembered as one of the greatest of all time.

Independent Film Club: Tomisin Adepeju

Re-imagining Nigerian-British Cinema - the politics of Integration & Identity in the Diaspora - A conversation with Tomisin Adepeju & guests.

Join film-maker Tomisin Adepeju for a screening of his award winning shorts, The Good Son (2015), Marianne (2016) and his anticipated new work, Appreciation (2018). Grierson award-winning film-maker, Adeyemi Michael will also be screening his lauded short film, Entitled (2018).

The screening will be followed by a conversation with the film-makers and networking meeting afterwards.


Tomisin Adepeju is a Nigerian-British Filmmaker based in London, England. His multi award-winning shorts, The Good Son & Super 16mm graduation film, Marianne have been selected at over 100 International film festivals, these include; Oscar-Qualifying Urbanworld Film Festival, the 25th New York African Film Festival, Smalls Film Festival & Triforce Film Festival. Both shorts have also screened at several prestigious institutions including: Cinematheque Suisse, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the British Film Institute & BAFTA.

His new short film, The Right Choice had its World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, it was also selected to screen as part of Sundance London in June. The film recently screened at the Oscar-Qualifying; Pan African Film Festival in LA , Cleveland International Film Festival & HollyShorts Film Festival.

Tomisin is a 2018 Edinburgh Talent Lab alumnus, he has just completed a new short called OIL and is on post-production on another, Appreciation. He is also currently developing his debut feature, an adaptation of his short, The Good Son.


Adeyemi Michael is a Grierson and Al Jazeera New Horizon award-winning filmmaker/artist. An MA Directing graduate from the NFTS; he was made a Broadcast Hotshot in 2014 his breakout film Sodiq gained several accolades including premiering at Sheffield Doc Fest along with nominations from the IDA (US) to RTS (UK) awards.

Having worked with BAFTA Award winning companies he has made films for the likes of the BBC, Channel 4 and other major broadcasters as well as independently. Adeyemi worked on the BAFTA nominated ‘The Hard Stop’ a feature length documentary funded by the BFI, The Bertha Foundation and The Sundance Institute.

Adeyemi is a Hot Doc's Blue Ice Group fellow and Durban Film Mart alumni in support of his feature length documentary, At Dawn, currently in production. He has also recently directed BBC1 Panorama: Murder On the Streets. His latest short film Entitled was officially selected for BFI London Film Festival (2018).


THE GOOD SON (2015) Tomisin Adepeju

A young Nigerian man is forced to address a secret he has harboured from his parents during a traditional, family gathering.
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/134826692

MARIANNE (2016) dir Tomisin Adepeju

A young Nigerian man travels to a remote, African pentecostal church with his ailing wife. TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/160318009

APPRECIATION (2018) dir Tomisin Adepeju

An African Pentecostal Pastor questions everything she believes after a life-changing event. TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/279164193

ENTITLED (2018) dir Adeyemi Michael

What does the immigrant fantasy feel like? Adeyemi Michael reimagines his mother’s idea of moving from Nigeria to Peckham in Entitled, a short film about leaving your country of origin. Riding a horse dressed in traditional Yoruba ceremonial wear, Abosede Afolashade, a first generation immigrant, takes to the streets of Peckham. TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/279164193

Noya Rao LIVE

Since the release of their debut album Icaros, Leeds based electronic-soul quartet, Noya Rao have been noted as one of the rising talents of the UK Jazz scene.

The band garnered early support from Gilles Peterson who premiered their single Golden Claw. The group have also enjoyed radio play from Mary Anne Hobbs, Jamie Cullum and have appeared on Worldwide fm.

Noya Rao are vocalist Olivia Bhattacharjee, drummer Matt Davies, bassist Jim Wiltshire and keys player & producer Tom Henry. The band draw upon influences old and new, combining a vintage aesthetic with contemporary songwriting. The result is a fresh and unique sound.

Ahead of their second release, Noya Rao continue to take their finely-tuned live show nationally and internationally having this year played at The Great Escape, Jazz Refreshed Brighton, the Roundhouse and Unit (Tokyo).

Salt Peanuts 23rd edition hosted by Ty

2018 has been great for Unit31, but we wouldn't be anywhere without all of you lot who come down and support us. We feel blessed to have built up such a great audience of msucians, singers rappers,performers and civilians always bringing positivity to our events.

Don't miss the last Salt Peanuts of the year, hosted by the inimitable Ty and accompanied by some of the best and brighted musicians on the London scene.

See you there!

House band:

Johnny Woodham - trumpet
Theo Erskine - tenor sax
Raffy Bushman - piano
Tal Janes - guitar
Tom Driessler - bass
Sam Michnik - drums

Doors £5

PortraitJazz#7: Horace Silver Quintet - Blowin' the Blues Away

For the 7th edition of Portrait Jazz we would like to explore Horace Silver's 'Blowin' the Blues Away'.

This album marks the peak of Silver's classic quintet with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor, and drummer Louis Hayes; it's also one of the pianist's strongest sets of original compositions. In short, Blowin' the Blues Away is one of Silver's finest albums, and it's virtually impossible to dislike.

House band

Raffy Bushman - piano
Johnny Woodham - trumpet
Theo Erskine - tenor
Rio Kai - bass
Samuel Michnik - drums