London, United Kingdom
Most people tend to accept the definitions given to them by the media or popular press which defines jazz music as an easy listening, stuck in the past music form.
Borne out of oppression, revolution and a need to express the black experience, Jazz has always been the most progressive boundary pushing and relevant black music artform, cutting paths for all popular music forms. Jazz refreshed as a music movement, intends to challenge the elitism and prejudice within the jazz community that has kept jazz on the sidelines, and bring the incredibly diverse creative world that is jazz, to the people.
From dance oriented to jazz to various cultural interpretations eg. Latin jazz, Japanese jazz, Afro jazz, Hip hop Jazz etc. – all expressions of jazz music are represented.
For Jazz Re:freshed It is important to have a mix of well established musicians and up and coming talent, with the only criteria being the quality they bring to the night.