PortraitJazz#6: Milt Jackson & John Coltrane - Bags & Trane

For the 6th edition of PortrIt Jazz we would like to explore Bags and Trane which features, as the name may suggest, vibraphonist Milt Jackson and saxophonist John Coltrane in their only collaborative record. Together with Hank Jones on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Connie Kay on drums, this is a classic hard bop album and showcases both leading musicians to great effect.

One of the defining characteristics of this album is the great respect Bags and Trane show each other. Their solos flow smoothly into each other and their conversations, especially the one in the composition Bags and Trane, are perfect. Despite the quality of their rhythm section, their solos are the thankfully omnipresent highlight of the album. Take for instance the beginning of Late, Late Blues. The bass perfectly sets the base of the song which Milt Jackson then follows and quickly expands into a full blown solo played over the backing of the rhythm. That passage is jazz in its purest form.

House band:

David Mrakpor - vibraphone
Theo Erskine - tenor
Raffy Bushman - piano
Edoardo Bombace - double bass
Samuel Michnik - drums


Salt Peanuts 22nd edition hosted by Ty

This will be the 22nd edition of the Salt Peanuts Cypher and we are really proud to welcome Ty to the Unit31 team! Ty has made the last two editions of Salt Peanuts really special so to have him as our host for the forseeable future is truly an honour. Also delighted to have Misters Sheldon Agwu and David Mrakpor in the house band - both Unit31 OG's.

Let it be known that Salt Peanuts will now be happening consistently on a monthly basis. If you can't make this one there will be another coming your way very soon. Otherwise see you on the 17th!

House band:

Tim Quicke - trumpet
Theo Erskine - saxophone
Sheldon Agwu - guitar
Raffy Bushman - piano
David Mrakpor - bass
Samuel Michnik - drums


PortraitJazz#5: Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off

For the 5th edition of Portrait Jazz we would like to explore Herbie Hancock's debut album 'Takin' Off'. Released with Blue note when he was only twenty two, it is widely considered one of the most accomplished and stunning debuts in the annals of jazz. The album has a typical hard bop sextet setup with Dexter Gordon and Freddie Hubbard making up the horn section, but in the compositions we see Herbie's amazing creativity and early signs of a musical genius who would take the piano into the modern age.

PORTRAITJAZZ
Portrait Jazz is a jam session every other Tuesday at Unit31. At every edition the house band plays a classic Jazz album from start to finish, after which we will open up for anyone who wants to join and play over various bebop/hard bop standards.

House band:

Johnny Woodham - trumpet
Theo Erskine - tenor
Raffy Bushman - piano
Twm Dylan- bass
Samuel Michnik - drums

Door: £5
Musicians: free


Piers James | Headline SHOW

Piers James is a British producer & songwriter, creating sounds inspired by his experiences and influences. Effortlessly mixing jazz inflected hip hop with modern grime and trap beats, Piers has a style all of his own which we are proud to showcase on October 27th

Beginning 2018 strong, Piers’ first release of the year ‘Done Properly’ was premiered on DJ Target’s 1Xtra show and went on to receive support from Shortee Blitz’ Kiss FM, BBC Radio 6, GRM Daily, Represent Radio and was added onto the BBC Introducing Mixtape. Shortly after Piers released the track entitled VILLAIN with Dream Mclean, that was premiered by Clash Magazine as well as collaborating with brands such as Stella McCartney, Adidas & Napariji.

Since then Piers has been working behind the scenes on a 6 Part documentary that documents his journey from Ipswich to London, his influences and the clips of the Villain EP set to be released in October. As well as dropping two smash records with the summer jam PON DEM & hard hitting CHUMP.
We are proud to announce Piers’ First Headline show in London. On the 27th October at Unit 31. Which is sure to be a night to remember mixing dark melodic beats with a full band to give it an iconic live experience.

Doors open at 7PM so make sure get down early to avoid not being able to get in.

Address
Unit 31
Cable Street 566
London
E1W 3HB

Tickets :

Early Bird £7
Normal Admission £10


PortraitJazz#4: Art Blakey - Moanin'

For the 4th Edition of Portrait Jazz we would like to explore ‘Moanin’ by Art Blakey and his Jazz Messangers. They were the archetypal hard bop group of the 1950s, playing a driving, aggressive extension of bop with pronounced blues roots.

This was Blakey’s first album for Blue Note in several years, after a period of recording for a miscellany of labels, and marked both a homecoming and a fresh start. Originally the LP was self-titled, but the instant popularity of the bluesy opening track “Moanin'” (by pianist Bobby Timmons) led to its becoming known by that title.

PORTRAITJAZZ
Portrait Jazz is a jam session every other Tuesday at Unit31. At every edition the house band plays a classic Jazz album from start to finish, after which we will open up for anyone who wants to join and play over various bebop/hard bop standards.

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The night will go from 7pm til 11, get down early so you can catch the house set and have enough time to jam aswell. See you there!

Entry: £5
Free for musicians


Salt Peanuts 21st edition hosted by TY

This will be the 21st edition of the Salt Peanuts Cypher. Since renovating the space, we at Unit31 have been busy - Yo MTV Raps rolled through a couple of times to shoot with Ocean Wisdom and IAMDDB, we've set up a new night purely for the Jazz heads called Portrait Jazz, and we've been organizing a first headline show with our boy Piers James - Piers James | Headline SHOW October 27TH.

Salt Peanuts is long overdue and we couldn't be happier to give you a bit of what you need. Come down on the 19th for some more improvised magic presented by the one and only Ty whom we are most honored to have running the mic. Check out his album, 'Work of Heart', which has been released on the Jazz Refreshed Label.

https://open.spotify.com/album/3d23nSDSXqD2DW5BFbfA6B?si=7AzzvlaARmqT56lywm5y9w

Rappers, Singers, Musicians, Civilians all welcome. See you there!

House band:

Johnny Woodham - trumpet
Adriano Rossetti - woodwind
Raffy Bushman - piano
Luke Wynter - guitar
Tom Driessler - bass
Sam Michnik - drums

TICKETS: When you RSVP online we will put you on the 5£ list.
doors: 7£


PortraitJazz#2: John Coltrane - Blue Train

For the 2nd Edition of Portrait Jazz we would like to explore Blue Train. Recorded in 1958, this album features several of Coltrane's compositions.

Tunes like Moment's Notice and Lazy Bird, which have now become jazz standards, are early explorations into unknown harmonic territory and mark the beginning of Coltrane's musical journey into another dimension. For now though, it's still hard bop. Supporting cast include Miles Davis' Rhythm Section in Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones and a couple of Art Blakey's messangers in Lee Morgan and Curtis Fuller. Definitely one of the most iconic albums of all time.

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The night will go from 7pm til 11, get down early so you can catch the house set and have enough time to jam aswell. See you there!

Houe Band

Rob Griffin - Tenor
Johnny Woodham - Trumpet
Nathaniel Cross - Trombone
Raffy Bushman - Piano
Twm Dylan - Bass
Samuel Michnik - Drums

Entry: £5
Free for musicians


PortraitJazz#1: Miles Davis - Relaxin

Portrait Jazz is a jam session every other Tuesday at Unit31. At every edition the house band plays a classic Jazz album from start to finish, after which we will open up for anyone who wants to join and play over various bebop/hard bop standards.

For the first edition of Portrait Jazz, we would like to explore 'Relaxin' with Miles Davis'. This album along with 3 others was recorded in just two sessions in 1956. Miles was clearly in a hurry to finish his contract with Prestige Records because of a more lucrative opportunity to join Columbia Records. Be that as it may, you won't hear jazz standards played much better than this - Miles and Tranes' soloing styles contrast really nice and the Rhythm section are so tight and precise. Hard Bop at its best.

The night will go from 7pm til 11, get down early so you can catch the house set and have enough time to jam aswell. See you there!

Johnny Woodham - trumpet
Theo Erskine - tenor
Raffy Bushman - piano
Edoardo Bombace - bass
Samuel Michnik - drums

Entry: £5
Free for musicians


Salt Peanuts 20th edition hosted by TY

This will be the 20th edition of the Salt Peanuts Cypher and we are really excited to share with you. Unit31 has been running this event for almost three years now so number 20 feels like bit of a milestone. The timing couldn't be better as we've just done some serious construction work on the space, which is now much bigger!

We will run this event on SUNDAY the 22nd of July, starting from 4 PM with some amazing DJ's. We are also super excited to have UK Hip Hop legend Ty hosting the Cypher.

TY's new album Work of Heart has just been release on the Jazz Refreshed label and we sincerely hope he will come to perform it on a later date, but until then we are honored to have him run the mic for us. Vibe is guaranteed.

Singers, rappers, musicians, civilians all welcome. See you there!

TICKETS: Just to be clear, when you RSVP online we will put you on the 8£ list.
doors: 10£


Unit31 presents: Ego Ella May

Ego Ella May classifies her sound as "future soul" and is songwriter, and vocalist, who hails from from South London. Ella May is one of the most promising Soul Jazz artists to come out of the UK in recent years. The 25 year old has a growing discography under her belt that has seen her appear on MOBO's Newcomers list, become an opening act twice for Omar at his Jazz Cafe shows for 'The Man' launch. She features in popular blogs such as Noisey, Afropunk, SBTV (run by Jamal Edwards MBE), and Boiler Room.

The evening will start with a support set with a short break followed by the featured artist playing a full set with Unit31 house band.

Doors open at 7pm and we have to finish at 11pm at the very latest (seriously). Look on the bright side though, you're already in East London so you won't be short of things to do. See you all on the 12th!

TICKETS: Just to be clear, when you RSVP online we will put you on the 5£ list.
doors: 8£