The Brit Awards are not exactly top viewing for jazz people, usually a switch-off because they rarely even acknowledge the existence of jazz let along celebrate it.
This year and it shows how deeply he has penetrated the wider music loving public’s consciousness there is a twist and Kamasi Washington has snuck in and has been nominated in the best international male solo artist category up against Drake, Eminem, Shawn Mendes and Travis Scott. Let’s hope he wins although I guess it is highly unlikely but more to the point gains a bit more profile for jazz in the process.
Three years on from their African Dagaare traditional music, electronica and minimalism-inspired debut Good is Good, Bex Burch’s band Vula Viel return later this month with Do Not Be Afraid. Burch on Gyil, a Ghanaian type of xylophone, is joined by bass guitarist Ruth Goller and drummer Jim Hart. The album also includes vocalist guests such as Gwyneth Herbert and its release is marked with a Cafe Oto, London show on 24 January.