In this blog article, I’ll discuss the London Jazz Scene revival with London-based saxophone player, composer and teacher Camilla George.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far, it is how much Jazz music plays an essential role in people’s lives. And the same goes for Camilla.
Born in Eket, Nigeria, listening to her’s father Jazz LPs, Camilla found her passion in enjoying Jazz, Afrobeat and Fela Kuti.
As she grew up, she started exploring Saxophone naturally, and things changed at eleven.
When I got to secondary school, I had a competition where you cuold win music lessons. I entered it. I was one of the winners and I choose Saxophone.Camilla George
When she first got the sax, she realized her power, but the turning point was meeting Gary Crosby and Janine Irons from Tomorrow’s Warriors.
Tomorrow’s Warriors is a jazz music education and artist development organization committed to increasing diversity across the arts through jazz.
Additionally, to providing a space for UK female black musicians, supporting big names such as Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings. That’s one of the reasons for the London Jazz Scene’s uniqueness, allowing talented musicians the freedom to express their heritage.
They created a space where it was like: no, we can, I feel comfortable to write a tune that references part of the Nigerian tradition.Camilla George
IBIO-IBIO (ALBUM 2022)
And speaking of Camilla’s heritage, we must talk about her third album, written during the lockdown. Furthermore, the important message behind it: is a tribute to the Ibio-Ibio culture, sharing the critical role of togetherness.
It was a nice period to learn where I am from.Camilla George
The music captures the essence of modern UK jazz with a blend of various genres and styles. You can feel the influence of Afrobeat and hi-life, and it places hip-hop and funk at its core.
In today’s interview, Camilla talks about Tomorrow’s Warriors, the new Uk Jazz scene revival and her latest release Ibio-Ibio (Album 2022).
Enjoy listening! 😊
In addition, read this blog article: Past, present and Future of Jazz w/ Azymuth
Episode #38 The Sounds of London’s New Jazz w/ Camilla George
3:35 GROWING UP LISTENING TO JAZZ
5:16 THE LOVE FOR SAXOPHONE
9:01 THE KEY ROLE OF TOMORROW’S WARRIORS
10:26 THE UK JAZZ SCENE REVIVAL
13:11 WRITING MUSIC AT THE TIME OF THE PANDEMIC
14:48 THE IBIO-IBIO CULTURE
17:30 KENNY GARRET – JAZZ SAXOPHONIST
19:49 SHARING TOGETHERNESS
24:05 COLLABORATING WITH RENATO PARIS
Episode Links #38 The Sounds of London’s New Jazz w/ Camilla George
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