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  • Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum and Gilles Peterson join forces to curate a music series exploring Jamaica’s influence on contemporary British jazz
  • The Jamaican Jazz Sessions kick-off in time for Jamaican Independence Day (7 August) and run up to Carnival Weekend (22 August) with weekly gigs across some of London’s best live-music venues
  • Line-up to include Yazmin Lacey, Ife Ogunjobi, KOKOROKO’s Ms Maurice and a one-off collaboration between London’s jazz trailblazer Moses Boyd and the legendary Jamaican trombonist Vin Gordon

The resurgent UK jazz movement is set to take on a distinctly Jamaican flavour this month with a series of Jamaican Jazz Sessions taking place across the capital thanks to a new partnership between Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum and DJ Gilles Peterson.

Kicking-off with an unmissable performance by Ife Ogunjobi in time for Jamaican Independence Day on 7 August, the series will run for three-weeks, culminating with a headline gig ahead of Notting Hill Carnival weekend bringing together London’s celebrated drummer Moses Boyd, with legendary Jamaican trombonist, Vin Gordon – Bob Marley’s trombonist and founding member of the Skatelites.

With all acts hand-selected by Gilles, the series aims to showcase the best new wave talent leading the UK jazz movement including songsmith Yazmin Lacey and Ms Maurice of acclaimed group KOKOROKO.

Tickets are priced from £5-£10 which includes a complimentary crafted Appleton Estate Rum cocktail to hit the right note whilst you discover the best new British jazz music our city has to offer.

  IFE OGUNJOBI: 7th August, from 7pm at NTs, 1 Westgate St, London E8 3RL

    • £5 entry, with a complimentary Appleton Estate Rum cocktail


London raised trumpeter and composer, Ife Ogunjobi is one of the young rising stars of the London Jazz scene. Raised in a Nigerian household as well as growing up in South East London, his surroundings have enriched his music with various genres such as Jazz, Afrobeat, Gospel and Hip-hop. His musical concept removes the barriers between the different genres of music.





YAZMIN LACEY: Thursday 15th August, from 8pm at Jack Solomons Club, Soho, London W1D 7NB

    • £5 entry, with a complimentary Appleton Estate Rum cocktail
    • Book here


Having started making music purely to entertain her friends, everything about Yazmin Lacey’s performance from the fluidity of jazz, the seductive bite of soul and R&B, to her bold and adventurous song writing feels completely natural. Appearing in session for 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova from the BBC’s famed Maida Vale studios, covered extensively in The Observer New Review’s summation of UK jazz, and taking the cover of The Move magazine, Yazmin Lacey marries this vivid acclaim to her warm, unpretentious nature to become one of the foremost vocalists emerging from the UK’s jazz-soul hub right now.




MS MAURICE: 20th August, from 9pm at Oriole Bar, E Poultry Ave, Farringdon, London EC1A 9LH

    • £8 entry, with a complimentary Appleton Estate Rum cocktail
    • Book here


Ms Maurice also known as Sheila Maurice Grey

is a London based trumpeter, vocalist and visual artist. She brings her melange of influences from organic grooves infused with 70s jazz and a touch of West African sonic seasoning. She is a bandleader of KOKOROKO and has performed with the likes of SOLANGE, KANO on the ‘Jool’s Holland Show’ and ‘The Mercury Prize 2016,’ and features on Little SIMZ’s album ‘Stillness in Wonderland.’









MOSES BOYD AND VIN GORDON: Thursday 22nd August, from 8pm at Omeara, London SE1 1TE

    • £10 entry, with a complimentary Appleton Estate Rum cocktail
    • Book here


Drummer, composer, producer, and 2X MOBO awards winner Moses Boyd collaborates with legendary Jamaican trombonist Vin Gordon for a one-off gig. A true legend of Jamaican music, Vin Gordon earned international recognition as Bob Marley’s trombonist for 12-years on tour and in recording Marley’s cornerstone album in London; Exodus.


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