EZRA COLLECTIVE at Bristol Thekla Tue 13 November 2018 from 7pm - 10pm



Ezra Collective are one of the most important names in British music right now. Cornerstones in modern developments within the UK jazz underground, each release – each performance, even – feels driven by a rare sense of purpose.

Perhaps that’s what makes ‘Mace Windu Riddim’ so special. Digital only, it’s out in May through Enter The Jungle Records, an attempt to capture the intensity and energy of an Ezra Collective show that could well be their most potent, and most downright addictive statement yet. Put simply: it’s a disco-driven summer banger that surrenders to the jazz tip.

Femi Koleoso kicks into the beat, hints of afrobeat through its perpetual motion, that sheer physical groove, the ongoing, undulating torrent of rhythmic possibility accentuated by TJ Koleoso’s elastic bass. Then there’s Joe Armon-Jones on keys, daubing dapples of colour across that skeletal frame, pushing each chord, each note out to its limit.

The drummer explains: “Second release on Enter The Jungle Records, and this time it’s a marriage between the aggressive, high energy Ezra Collective sound and our collective love for disco. Yeah disco. We wrote this to bring joy to the dance floor. Happiness and smiling.”

There’s a sudden stop; then that joyous horn refrain from James Mollison (saxophone) and Dylan Jones (trumpet), driven by the unity afforded by a singular purpose, echoing the sheer zen-like cool of Mace Windu, the black Jedi who stood for democracy, and a better future for everyone.

Femi smiles: “The only Star Wars character with a purple light sabre makes Mace Windu unique and easily distinguishable. Much light the Ezra Collective Sound.”

Alongside this new example of the Ezra Collective magic, the band also announce a 7 date UK headline tour for November 2018.

Notes: 14+
Tickets: £14.50   Sorry, we're sold out


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A master of all trades The Thekla is one of the best known live music venues in Bristol.

The venue itself is, rather uniquely, a disused Showboat that is now permanently moored in Bristol’s Harbourside. She measures 180 feet long and has a capacity of 450. There is a top deck bar which has comfortable seating and a small stage for some of the smaller gigs. Below deck there is a hollowed out cargo hold where the main stage is and another bar serving your favourite draught in plastic cups.
The events range from toe-tapping live americana to the downright dirtiest dubstep this side of London and everything inbetween, They play host to the cream of the city’s weekly club nights as well as prime promoters on rotation every Friday. Plus national and international touring live acts every week.

Watch out! On some nights there are club nights after a concert and as a result the event starts and finishes early so check for changed door times.


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