London keyboard player Sarah Tandy is set to release new album 'Infection In The Sentence' on March 8th.
The composer came into her own while studying English at Cambridge University, escaping the rigours of academia by poring over jazz standards on an old, beat up piano.
Returning to London, a residency at Dalston venue Servant's Jazz Quarters immersed her in the city's underground scene, making connections that sustain to this day.
New album 'Infection In The Sentence' lands on March 8th, and the all-star band features some stunning players – we're talking Ezra Collective's Femi Koleoso on drums, Binker Golding on saxophone, Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet, and Mutale Chashi on bass.
“I feel like most of what I have ever learnt about music and life has been from the musicians I play with. And the beauty of music is that it transcends boundaries and reaches that place where we are the same”, she says.
“When it came to writing my own music, one of the most important things was that it would leave room for everyone to express their own identities. The band is a very strong mix of personalities and I really wanted that to come across musically. So for that reason, I didn’t set out to write an ‘afrobeat’ album or a ‘modern jazz’ album… the music had to be able to accommodate everyone’s individual musical temperament”.
Out on March 8th, the record will be accompanied by a special launch event at Ronnie Scott's in Soho on March 4th. Here's another quote from Sarah:
“The music developed gradually through many years playing on London’s underground music scene, and immersing myself in the myriad musical languages surrounding me. In the album I’m seeking to find a continuum between the jazz music which I grew up listening to, and the multi-faceted, genre-melting sounds of present day London…”
Intrigued? Here's a piece Sarah Tandy released earlier in the year…
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