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338: EFG London Jazz Festival – Terry Edwards presents The Near Jazz Experience, Jan Goodkin & Rod Melvin, Jem Moore + BAG

13 November, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Terry Edwards presents A Near Jazz Experience with The Near Jazz Experience, Jan Goodkin & Rod Melvin, Jem Moore + BAG | advance tickets
13 November 2021 at St John on Bethnal Green, midday to 2pm
Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival

Pay-What-You-Can entry (we suggest £10 adult, children free) on the door, subject to availability/capacity.

[NEW for 2021] Where possible, we recommend you reserve your ticket in advance and we appreciate you supporting the series this Autumn in these uncertain times.

Our series has for over a decade been about the ‘experience’, an invitation to a journey down a rabbit hole of sound and ideas. A running theme is collaging or the pull and push of the disparate into a whole. This is a concert originally conceived for a milestone birthday but delayed by the world put on pause. We now invite you to go through the looking glass with multi-instrumentalist – and legend – Terry Edwards (Tindersticks, PJ Harvey, Gallon Drunk, Holy Holy, Jerry Dammers etc).

The Smiths’ melodies have always reminded Terry of Plainsong – where better to listen to those melodies than the benign walls of St John’s (courtesy of soprano Jan Goodkin with piano interventions from Rod Melvin)? We tune into BAG which consists of transatlantic duo Dan Allison (London) and Jody DeSchutter (BC, Canada), whose strange worlds are journeyed and mapped; sounds and words dissolve into colour and back again. Then the bass and voice of Jem Moore (The Scapegoats; Serious Drinking) performing a unique interpretation of The Masque of Anarchy, the long poem which Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote in indignation against the Peterloo Massacre of 1819.

We move finally to Edwards’s own direct contribution with The Near Jazz Experience. This ensemble combines the rhythm section of Madness bassist Mark Bedford and former Higsons drummer Simon Charterton with Terry Edwards front playing saxes (two at once), trumpet, melodica & flute.

Paul Cuddeford will join the dots this week, performing some beautiful instrument guitar music between the acts.

This is a two-hour expedition in new music, near the edges of genre, that will pour like tea into the curious minds and souls sat in the pews.

More about our series and long-term challenges –

An event for all ages. As always with this series we endeavour to make our audience feel as safe, comfortable and welcome as we possibly can.


13 November, 2021
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA
London, E2 9PA United Kingdom
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