BANDS & ARTISTS

Jazz, Swing

Ewan Bleach

Clarinettist, Saxophonist, Pianist and Singer
Bandleader and Presenter

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Ewan Bleach is a clarinetist, saxophonist, pianist, vocalist, bandleader, composer and teacher based in London and specialising in the early styles of jazz, ragtime, blues and swing. He is also involved in projects of new music with various ensembles, and has been involved with other genres including afrobeat and traditional Turkish music.

Ewan leads the Cable Street Rag Band in London and is also involved with international projects including Frog and Henry and the New Orleans band Tuba Skinny, which he has spent time with in the states

He is particularly interested in playing for dancing and has run many nights focusing on live music for dancing in London in collaboration with the swing dance scene, most notably the Cakewalk Cafe at The Jago in Dalston and the Juju's Jazz Band Ball in Shoreditch.

Ewan's interest lines primarily in old sensibilities of pre-war music that he calls "music for dancing and romancing" and is fond of playing for functional events such as weddings and other private parties and happy to be setting the mood as much as being in the limelight

He is currently working on his first solo studio album, set to be released in the Autumn of 2019.

The Cable Street Rag Band

Ewan Leads the The Cable Street Rag Band who play jazz, ragtime, blues, swing and other dance music from the early twentieth century. They formed at Jamboree, a venue on Cable Street in the east end, where they had a weekly residency for about 5 years. They often play swing dances in and around London and are know for their energetic style. 

Ewan and frontline side man Will Scott on reeds play improvised New Orleans counterpoint around old songs and rags, whilst Louisa Jones, Jim Ydsite and John Kelly provide the rhythm section on accordion/piano, bass and guitar/banjo respectively. Louisa Jones, Jim Ydstie and Ewan Bleach all sing songs and everyone in the band doubles various instruments.

Whiskey Moon Face

To describe Whiskey Moon Face as an alternative folk group doesn’t even begin to do justice to the breadth of influence, inspiration and style in their music.

Based around double bass, accordian, and clarinet, they’re led by the stunning vocals and hallucinatory lyrics of singer Louisa Jones. Both ear-to-ear grinningly entertaining and profoundly moving, they combine elements of Eastern European traditional & old-time New Orleans jazz and the baroque folk styles of Sufjan Stevens and Beirut with their own unique take on contemporary folk to make for a superbly realized, truly beautiful, and utterly original sound- there is simply no-one in the UK making music like them.

Frog and Henry

Formed in New Orleans as a collective of several street performing groups, Frog & Henry perform and record old dance and jazz music from the early 1900's on brass and string instruments, with several singers and vocal harmony. Most of our repertoire was obtained by digging up forgotten songs from the dawn of recorded music, in the form of early dance tunes, and from even earlier 19th sheet music. 

Basin Street Brawlers

The Basin Street Brawlers are acclaimed as 'London's top hot jazz ensemble' (visitlondon.com). Since their inception in 2014, this band of 'world class' (BBC) musicians have gone about bringing to you the most beautiful melodies and raucous rags of the 1920s and 1930s.

The ensemble regularly give concerts at the UK’s most prestigious jazz and chamber music venues, including the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, the Pizza Express Jazz Club and the Holywell Music Room. They toured the UK in 2016 with the New York City based ragtime pianist Terry Waldo, in addition to many festival and jazz club appearances. The Brawlers have also featured as guest artists on BBC Radio 3 (live from the Southbank Centre) and BBC Radio 2

The Man Overboard Quintet

The Man Overboard Quintet add their own stamp to a repertoire of tunes made famous by the likes of Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, the Mills Brothers, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller. The chemistry between these superb musicians and their audience makes every performance a magical occasion.

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24

Jul

8:30 PM

Ewan Bleach & The Cable Street Rag Band

Ewan Bleach

The Jago

25

Jul

8:00 PM

Ewan Bleach & Cable Street Rag Band

Ewan Bleach

The Jamboree

27

Jul

8:30 PM

Ewan Bleach & The Cable Street Rag Band

Ewan Bleach

Juju's Bar & Stage

17

Aug

8:30 PM

Ewan Bleach & the Cable Street Rag Band

Ewan Bleach

Juju's Bar & Stage