As autumn arrives and the nights draw in, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a cosy pub with a nice pint and listening to some great music – that’s why we’re extending our programming at the Forest Tavern this week and incorporating a little live Jazz into the mix. Tentatively titled ‘Dig A Little Jazz?’ for the launch this Sunday 12th October, the event pairs live music from a rotating house band and special guests with DJ sets from the Dig A Little DJs who each know a thing or two about Jazz it seems. For this first event we welcome Ms Jessica Lauren and Jason Simpson into the fray, both of whom will be inviting some friends along for a night of soulful and funky live Jazz.
Jessica is an accomplished keyboard player having been a mainstay on the London jazz scene since the early days of London’s Acid Jazz age. She has recently released a quartet album entitled ‘Jessica Lauren Four’ which was well received across the board and ended up featuring on many end of year lists. Jason is a very much in-demand bass player who having finished his studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, now holds down the bassist’s chair in a variety of bands across London. Both musicians have spent some time playing together as integral parts of the Jazz Meet house band and for the 12th, they will be joined by a selection of guests who will be dropping in to provide their own takes on some classic Jazz grooves. As much as it is a performance, it’s also an invited jam session, so if you’re local and have some knowledge of the expanded Jazz canon, feel free to bring your instrument and step up for a tune or two!
Between the band sets this month, Dig A Little DJ Rob Coley will be picking some of his favourite Jazz tracks past and present to keep the mood bubbling throughout the night. Expect to hear a mixed bag of jazz funk, hard bop, soul Jazz and Latin influenced compositions. The session starts at 6pm sharp with the first band set planned for 7.30pm. Entry is free all night, although it is appreciated if you order a few drinks while we’re all there or enjoy a tasty Tavern roast before 7pm!
For those of you out and about on Friday we also have our monthly Revolutions night, this month hosted by Digger Dan. As we’ve all come to expect from the man himself, Dan will be taking a vinyl-only excursion into the finer moments of Soul, Jazz, funk, disco and soundtracks while also visiting those important points in between. So whether it’s a funky Friday soundtrack you’re seeking, or a not so laid back Sunday night jazz soiree, this weekend here at Dig A Little we’ve got you covered.