Love Supreme Guide 2017
The Love Supreme Festival has quickly become a well-known and popular jazz festival, the only outdoor jazz festival in the UK and is now sold out for the first time in its five year history.
With a similar layout to last years festival, expect big names and soul-jazz acts on the Main Stage, modern jazz in the Big Top, contemporary jazz and electronica in The Arena, new generation and local acts on the Bandstand and late night DJs in the Blue In Green Bar.
This year also sees the introduction of late night live jazz in association with Jazz In The Round (a weekly live jazz event at the Cockpit in Marylebone), presented by Chris Phillips and Jez Nelson.
With all the jazz that’s on offer, who should you definitely not miss?
Check out our guide to the festival and don’t miss Herbie Hancock, Shabaka Hutchings, Charenee Wade and Christian Scott…
Saturday: Ones To Watch
Led by drummer Jake Long, and featuring Shirley Tetteh on guitar, expect Coltrane and world music influenced hypnotic jazz.
(12pm The Arena)
Ashley Henry & The Re:Ensemble
Young pianist Ashley Henry performs with his regular trio and an extended ensemble.
(13:15 The Arena)
Shabaka & The Ancestors
Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings performs with an ensemble of South African musicians mixing styles from around the world with cutting-edge jazz. (13:30 Big Top)
Michael Wollny Trio
German pianist with an esoteric take on contemporary jazz.
(15:15 Big Top)
Norfolk’s finest mixing jazz with electronica, with pianist Nick Smart, drummer Jesse Barrett and saxophonist Jordan Smart.
(16:30 The Arena)
Sons of Kemet
Expect upbeat and unique sounds from virtuoso saxophonist/clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings, tubaist Theon Cross and drummers Seb Rochford and Tom Skinner. (18:15 The Arena)
Canadian contemporary jazz quartet featuring Leland Whitty on saxophone, Matthew Tavares on piano, Chester Hansen on bass and Alex Sowinski on drums.
(18:45 Big Top)
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock performing on piano, keyboards and keytar, most probably with Lionel Loueke on guitar, James Genus on bass and Trevor Lawrence Jr. on drums. (20:30 Big Top)
The Comet Is Coming
If you’re not into The Jacksons then check out Shabaka Hutchings performing with keys & drums duo Danalogue and Betamax, exploring electronica and new sounds.
(21:45 The Arena)
Sunday: Ones To Watch
Terry Pack’s unfeasibly large ensemble performing a mixture of originals from their latest album, Heart of Oak. (11:15am Bandstand)
Camilla George Quartet
Formidable alto saxophonist joined by pianist Sarah Tandy, bassist Dan Casimir and drummer Femi Koleoso. (11:30am The Arena)
Teenage jazz saxophonist Sam Barnett is already an accomplished, award winning performer from the Royal Academy’s Junior Jazz programme. (12:45 Bandstand)
Hot 8 Brass Band
Authentic New Orleans brass band have now released their fifth album. (13:30 Main Stage)
Charenee [pronounced shar-nay] is a superb jazz vocalist and technician. With Oscar Perez on piano, Paul Beaudry on bass and Darrell Green on drums. (14:30 Big Top)
Bassist and vocalist Miles Mosley brings his West Coast Get Down to Love Supreme, which is sure to feature some of his Hendrix-inspired grooves and a large ensemble. (15:30 The Arena)
Acclaimed New Orleans trumpeter promotes the release of his latest albums Ruler Rebel and Diaspora with Scott’s custom-made horns and virtuoso flautist Elena Pinderhughes and guest vocalist Sarah Charles.
(16:15 Big Top)
A festival favourite, both at Love Supreme and Glastonbury, Kamasi Washington promotes his latest EP Harmony of Difference.
(16:45 Main Stage)
George Trebar’s Nighthawks
Local bassist George Trebar will be performing some original compositions and arrangements with alto saxophonist Matt Wates.
Legendary jazz guitarist and R&B singer George Benson will likely perform a selection of his hit records and some newer material.
(18:30 Main Stage)
Contemporary jazz pianist Robert Glasper returns to Love Supreme, likely featuring saxophonist Casey Benjamin and drummer Mark Colenburg, promoting his latest Blue Note album ArtScience.
(20:00 Big Top)
Chosen by SJM editor Charlie Anderson.
Photo: Lisa Wormsley