UK music industry organisations support new wave of jazz at SXSW

UK jazz will be represented at SXSW festival in Texas with a showcase of top UK artists, with support from PRS for Music, The Association of Independent Music and PPL.

Music curator Jazz re:freshed and showcase producer British Underground have announced the return of UK jazz to SXSW Festival in 2019 with a line-up that includes Nerija, Joe Armon Jones, Sarah Tandy, Yussef Dayes and Erza Collective.

This showcase marks the first that has been supported by key music industry organisations, and in addition, four of the artists have been funded by the PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund.

The showcase comes off the back of the two-year Arts Council England supported Jazz re:freshed Outernational initiative, which is a showcasing partnership with British Underground to present UK jazz artists at key music events in the USA, Brazil, and Europe.

Nigel Elderton, chairman, PRS for Music said: ‘I am delighted for PRS for Music to be supporting Jazz re:freshed Outernational in showcasing the incredible talent of the UK jazz scene at SXSW. While jazz music has always been exciting, the quality of songwriting and performances that we have seen in the UK in the last few years shows that the genre really is going through a resurgence, and Jazz re:freshed and British Underground are the perfect hosts to put this energy on an international stage.’

Justin McKenzie, Jazz re:freshed said: ‘It’s always exciting to showcase the vast array of UK Jazz talent at SXSW and this year is no exception. We have a stellar line-up that is guaranteed to raise the roof.’

Paul Pacifico, chief executive officer, AIM commented: ‘The revitalisation of the British Jazz scene has been one of the most exciting developments in independent music of the past few years, introducing a whole new generation of music lovers to the genre. We’re very excited to be supporting the Jazz re:freshed and British Underground showcase, which will bring some of the movement’s luminaries to global eyes and ears on the international stage. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.’

Peter Leathem, chief executive officer, PPL added: ‘We are excited to support the Jazz Refreshed SXSW showcase for the first time, alongside our colleagues at PRS for Music and AIM. This showcase demonstrates how the industry can work together to support some of the brightest artists in the jazz arena. To have the likes of the Ezra Collective, Yussef Dayes, Nerija and Joe Armon-Jones all on one stage shows how strong the pipeline of talented UK artists is, and we are looking forward to an enjoyable evening supporting them.’

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