On the 26th March, we hosted another sell-out screening at The Institute of Light. This time our subject was London’s buzzing jazz scene, with an exclusive screening of We Out Here: half documentary, half music video, 100% London jazz trip.
The film is director Fabrice Bourgelle’s visual accompaniment to the latest release from Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, which shares the same title. Both film and album aim to capture the here and now, as our city continues to bubble over with both jazz players and jazz appreciators – each side pushing the other further and higher.
But scenes don’t spring from nowhere. Many people have been nurturing the music and the musicians for a number of years. A substantial slice of the credit-pie must go to Tomorrow’s Warriors, who have been helping young musicians, with a focus on girls and those from the African diaspora, through their education and development since 1991. Many of the scene’s most recognisable faces are Tomorrow’s Warriors alumni – testament to the success of their endeavour and to the power of a well-funded, well-organised arts education.
The post-film discussion was something special. We were lucky enough to be joined by the inimitable Gary Crosby OBE and Janine Irons, the co-founders of Tomorrow’s Warriors and legends of the jazz scene. Alongside them, we had Cassie Kinoshi (Warrior’s graduate and prolific musician/composer – bandleader and alto saxophonist in London jazz supergroups Nérija, KOKOROKO and SEED) and Fabrice Bourgelle (Director of We Out Here and unstoppable visual artist in photography and film) for a brilliant panel, chaired by the renowned jazz journalist Teju Adeleye. Together, the four panellists shared anecdotes of London’s unique jazz scene, and the forces which have catalysed it’s incredible growth. The role of Tomorrow’s Warriors in this is indisputable, so it was a pleasure that we could donate £340 from our ticket sales to help support their amazing work!