Jazznewblood has been on the scene supporting Young Jazz talent since 2015. The jazznewbloodALIVE Showcase is the stage to discover the next generation of the best new players and bands. In previous editions, Jazznewblood have introduced talent like Kokoroko, SEED Ensemble, Mark kavuma, Rosie Frater-Taylor, Alex Ridout, Tom Remon, Zeñel, and Quinn Oulton among many others.
They defend a line-up of fresh original Jazz and Jazz-inspired sound that is inclusive and diverse. Since the first edition in 2016, they have presented 39 acts and 147 musicians, with 44% female-led and 51% from an ethnically diverse background – at an average age of 20 years old.
Miles began learning Jazz guitar aged 8 with his father, also a musician. He has since studied at The Purcell School and The Royal Academy. Still only 20, he has established a busy career as a sideman with some of the top names in the country, playing the best clubs and festivals such as Ronnie Scott’s and Manchester jazz festival.
Sultan is a graduate of Tomorrow's Warriors. His work draws heavily upon Jazz and African music with major influences from elements of McCoy Tyner, Kenny Kirkland, Marcus Roberts and John Coltrane. Through internalising these distinct personalities, he believes he is starting to develop his own distinct sound. His cultural experience as a Black person of Caribbean origin is also an important element in his identity. Growing up in North London in an urban landscape has had a substantial impact on his musicianship and Sultan is excited about the future and how his sound will develop.
Originally from Northampton, Maddy Coombs was a participant on the acclaimed Young Artist Development Programme at Tomorrow’s Warriors, learning under the mentorship of Gary Crosby, Binker Golding and Alex Davis. Her influences include saxophonists John Coltrane, Joe Lovano and Seamus Blake as well as musicians like Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis and Theolonious Monk. As part of the Tomorrow’s Warriors ensemble, Coombs has previously performed her own compositions at the Barbican and Love Supreme Jazz Festival.
Xvungo is a pioneering saxophonist, at the forefront of the jazz drill and port-trap genres. These constitute a fusion of classical, trap, jazz, drill, hip-hop and electronic forms of music, all drawn from the dynamic sounds of South London. He also plays for artists Joe Armon-Jones and Tara Lily, and plays in the bands KOKOROKO and Levitation Orchestra. He is also the band leader of the intrepid Hypernova Militia.