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Soweto Kinch joins jazz legends at Waltham Forest’s first jazz festival

Some of the biggest names in jazz head to Waltham Forest next month for the ForestBeats Jazz Festival, organised by the Council.

MOBO award-winning saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch will be joined on the bill by pianist and singer Joe Stilgoe, acclaimed vocalist Annie Dehaney-Steven and the ever-popular Big Chris Barber Band.

Younger fans can join in the fun too with BabyJazz, a class for toddlers featuring jazzed up versions of children’s songs performed by singer Ruby Barker and guitarist Kim Murray.

The ForestBeats line-up, which brings together acts from across the jazz spectrum, has been designed to complement the London Jazz Festival, which takes place in central London venues at the same time.

The line-up in Waltham Forest features:

Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film

7.30-9.30pm, Tuesday 17 November, Chingford Assembly Hall

Tickets £15

Pianist, singer and film nerd Joe Stilgoe performs songs from some of the greatest films of the last century.

Jazz Divas with Annie Dehaney-Steven

7.30pm–10pm, Thursday 19 November, Leytonstone Library

Tickets £6

Annie’s warm voice and engaging stage presence are just right for this celebration of the great ladies of jazz, including Anita O’Day, Ella  Fitzgerald and Nina Simone.

BabyJazz with Ruby Barker and Kim Murray

10.30am–11.15am, Saturday 21 November, Hale End Library


Jazzed up versions of children’s songs and great live music along with percussion and guest musicians. Suitable for ages 0–3 years.

Soweto Kinch

7.30-9.30pm, Wednesday 25 November, Walthamstow Assembly Hall

Tickets £10

The MOBO award winner brings his unique blend of jazz and narrative hip hop to Walthamstow.

The Big Chris Barber Band 

Doors open 6.30pm, Monday 30 November 2015, Chingford Assembly Hall

Tickets £18

Legendary British jazz trombonist Chris Barber leads his 11-piece band playing his favourite music: from his roots in New Orleans style to the Dixieland swing of Bob Crosby.

Waltham Forest Council Leader, Chris Robbins, said: “Our culture team has put together a top class line-up that should appeal to jazz fans of all ages and interests, as well as offering a fantastic introduction for those less familiar with this genre of music.

"It really is a wonderful opportunity for residents, and those travelling into the borough, to sample the best that today’s jazz scene has to offer.”

Notes to editors

ForestBeats Jazz Festival

Venues across Waltham Forest

17 November – 30 November 2015

For further information and images please contact Ian Mason:

Tel: 020 8496 4726

Mob: 07740 046143


Tickets can be booked at

Detailed information on artists performing at ForestBeats can be found at: (Annie Dehaney-Steven)

More live jazz can be found on Leyton High Street on the weekend of 21/22 November as part of The Streets project, run by music and event producer Serious. See for more information.

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