London five-piece Ezra Collective are incredible. Their sound nods respectfully to a classic jazz footprint but also has a visible African rhythmical stamp, celebrating the originators whilst simultaneously carving a path solely their own.
Ezra Collective marries the delicate technicalities of jazz musicianship with afrobeat and hip-hop, mashed up by a sound that’s unmistakably London. Having seen them play in Texas, Austin at SXSW, their live show blew the lid on the venue many had queued around the block to get in and were not disappointed by what they witnessed that night; Soulful African/Euro and most definitely HOT. From the opening horns, everybody knew they were witnessing something special. The SXSW show was a triumph.
This had been preceded by London shows at Boiler Room who rightly labelled the group as 'pioneering the new-wave of U.K. Jazz'. As the genre enjoys a new lease of life that is gaining momentum across the country, Ezra Collective are adding their own fresh and imaginative face to a style that continues to be 'as entertaining as it is educational' (Trench). In a year that saw them sell out legendary London venue Ronnie Scott’s not once but twice, 2017 also brought with it the release of their genre-bending second EP, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher.
After Ezra Collective took the EP on a successful tour across the U.K. and Europe and completely sold out of the vinyl, Juan Pablo: The Philosopher went on to win the accolade of Best Jazz Album at Gilles Peterson’s esteemed Worldwide Awards in January 2018.
Ezra Collective is made up of:
Femi Koleoso - Drums
TJ Koleoso - Bass
Joe Armon Jones - Keys
Dylan Jones - Trumpet
James Mollison - Saxophone