Repped by Gilles Peterson, RBMA, Sounds of The Universe and many more, rising mega-talent Emma-Jean Thackray wears many musical hats. As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, bandleader and DJ, she is just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM or tearing it up on trumpet with her quartet.
From her solo releases "Ley Lines" on The Vinyl Factory and acclaimed "Walrus" EP, she maintains her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians in the jazz scene.
Her stream performance is an exclusive set featuring tracks from the releases of "Um Yang", "Rain Dance" EP, her recent Blue Note reimagined track and a rework of the Chicago-house-classic Brighter Days from Cajmere & Dajae
Filmed at Total Refreshment Centre.
Emma-Jean recently released “Um Yang” on the Night Dreamer Records. The album was recorded and cut direct-to-disk at Artone Studio in Haarlem, Holland, the same way as the previous Night Dreamer releases. The two-track project features Thackray on trumpet, vocals and percussion, alongside Soweto Kinch on sax, Lyle Barton (Golden Mean) on rhodes, Ben Kelly (Paradox Ensemble) on sousaphone, Dwayne Kilvington (Wonky Logic, Steam Down, Bryony Jarman Pinto) on percussion, Crispin Robinson (Galliano) on congas, and Dougal Taylor (Vels Trio) on drums.
She also releases two new remixes. First is her take on Lady Blackbird’s debut single, a cover of Nina Simone’s powerful civil rights anthem “Blackbird”. Lady Blackbird (aka Marley Munroe) is Los Angeles-based singer called already a revelatory new voice on the global jazz scene. “Blackbird” is her first single under this moniker. It’s a stirring interpretation of Nina Simone’s powerful civil rights anthem from a singer’s forthcoming debut album “Black Acid Soul”.
The second remix is one of her own songs “Open”, which originally appeared on Emma’s recent EP “Rain Dance” released on her own Movementt imprint. The remix features LA rapper Blu from the renowned group Blu & Exile.
Emma-Jean Thackray play tonight at EFG London Jazz Festival 2020
Listen below to Emma-Jean Thackray version of Wayne Shorter’s compositions, “Speak No Evil” and “Night Dreamer” as a “Speak No Evil (Night Dreamer)”: