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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Blaze Ensemble, jazz sextet Maisha, violinist Eugene Feygelson at Burgh House, Harlem Meer Cats in the Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields

20 April, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Cellist Gemma Rosefield plays with the Blaze Ensemble at St James’s Piccadilly on April 26. Photo: Marco Borggreve

• Beguiling Hampstead cellist Gemma Rosefield is playing at a fabulous concert being performed by the Blaze Ensemble chamber music combo at St James’s Piccadilly on Wedneday evening (April 26). Together with violinist Benjamin Nabarro as co-soloist, she’s playing Brahms’ great Double Concerto in A minor. Conductor is George Vass.
George Vass’s Blaze Ensemble, St James’s Piccadilly, 7.30pm, £15/ cons £13, 020 7381 0441, www.wegottickets.com/event/395250

Exciting new London-based jazz sextet Maisha led by young drummer Jake Long is playing at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, early on Friday evening, April 21. Long says the group plays original music inspired by artists such as Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Idris Mohammad fused with heavily rhythmic West African and Afro-Beat Grooves.
Young drummer Jake Long’s new ensemble Maisha, Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2, 6.30pm, £5 but reserve tickets through events@foyles.co.uk

• Contemporary music is being showcased by violinist Eugene Feygelson and pianist Peter Lyons at Burgh House, Hampstead, on Sunday evening, April 23. While focusing on the output of Philip Glass, they’ll be seeking to strip out the silence and “courteousness” of the “classical recital,” proving short talks on the social history behind each piece and improvising new works.
Minimalist evening: Eugene Feygelson violin/Peter Lyons piano, Burgh House, New End, Hampstead, 020 7431 0144, www.burghhouse.org.uk/whats-on/events/a-minimalist-evening-with-peter-lyons-and-eugene-feygelson, 7pm, £10

Some of Duke Ellington’s finest pieces are being played by the six-piece Harlem Meer Cats in the Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields on Wednesday evening, April 26. Expect to hear such “Jungle’ pieces as Black and Tan Fantasy, Echoes of Harlem and Caravan together with the great Mood Indigo, Drop Me Off in Harlem and Jubilee Stomp.
Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2, 020 7766 1100, www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/event/the-harlem-meer-cats/ 8pm, from £8

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