jazz & blues

Total Refreshment Centre and Blue Note

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

Listen to gems from the Blue Note Records catalogue, reimagined by jazz artists from music hub Total Refreshment Centre.

For this show, curator Lex Blondin has been digging deep into the Blue Note Records catalogue to unearth catchy yet overlooked tunes, and has enlisted the cream of the crop of UK jazz renaissance artists to re-work them.

This process is one of the A&R in the old sense of the phrase: pairing artist and repertoire, an exercise in which Blondin has become an expert, pairing countless artists with songbooks through the Church of Sound gig series.

Throughout the history of jazz music, covers have been the jazz musician’s muse, an endless source of inspiration. Bringing a new twist to an existing composition – be it through new arrangements or improvised expression – has always been a way for artists to showcase their creativity.

John Coltrane covering ‘My Favourite Things’ from the The Sound Of Music musical or Donald Byrd’s groundbreaking version of the traditional folk song ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ are prime examples of artists taking an existing composition and making it unmistakably theirs.

The tune selection for this show focuses heavily on Blue Note’s 1960s output, from a time when artists like Elvin Jones, Horace Silver, Bobby Hutcherson and Kenny Dorham changed the game with groundbreaking new albums. These timeless melodies shine again live as they are performed by some of the UK’s most exciting jazz artists.

The line-up represents the TRC ethos, one steeped in the importance of community, inclusiveness, mentorship and innovation. It is a narrative that has fostered a solid coalition of artists who, like the artists they honour on the album, embody the unconventional and challenge the status quo.

This event marks the approaching eight-year anniversary of Total Refreshment Centre, as well as the 80th anniversary of Blue Note Records.

Dates & times

15 Nov 2019
Approximate run time: 150 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Queen Elizabeth Hall


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
Under-14s should be accompanied by an adult.

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