Jazz Souled Out Sessions

JORO Afrobeat

In Association with Shades of Soul Ltd

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Last Show: Friday 11 th February 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

London based 10-piece groove merchants dropping a unique concoction of irresistibly jazzy, funky, dubbed up, afrobeat infused, soulful sounds guaranteed to make you move. Anthemic horn lines, slinky bass, funky keys and chugging rhythm guitar. All super-glued together by lock tight drums and percussion. A rock-solid foundation under a powerful lead singer backed with sweet vocal harmonies. JORO create crafted songs with thoughtful commentary on our current times, all nested in uplifting vibes to keep you moving on.  

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JORO formed in early 2016 and released their first self-recorded EP in July 2016 and second EP in July 2018. Their first release featured a mix of original music and new arrangements of some of their favourite afrojazz beat tracks which later inspired them into creating their own recipe of unique sounds and material. 

The band is made up of musicians from a range of musical experiences in jazz, classical, hip-hop & rock, who have come together for their shared love of afrobeat and groove music, performing in and around the UK. They are simply all about standing on the shoulders of such giants whilst lighting their own modest flame.  

In August 2016 their version of the Fela Kuti classic Zombie was featured on US radio show, The Afrobeat Show with DJ Meredith. In summer ’21 JORO were on the Main Stage at Ealing Jazz Festival summer 2021 alongside Binker Golding and Ketih Waithe. Further ’21 memorable mentions include Wilderness Festival and Main stage at Farmfest Festival.  

JORO have played several shows in London, including the sold-out launch party for Nelson & Friends latest album ‘Anandiangambo’ and their own headline shows at Brockley Max Festival, Tottenham Winter Festival, Grow Hackney, The Hootenanny Brixton, The Magic Garden, The Fox & Firkin and The Canteen, Bristol.   

Band Lineup

Fi Harvey (lead vocals)
Aimee Spanswick (lead backing vocals)
Will Earl (guitar & BV's)
Benjamin Adjei (bass)
David Gyamfi (keys & BV's)
Mike Perry (drums)
Dominic Parris (percussionist)
Jason Alder (baritone sax)
Rory Sadler (alto sax)
Deanna Wilhem (trumpet & BV's)