Love Supreme Review – Six New Jazz Discoveries

Love Supreme – Everything A Jazz Festival Should Be

Returning for a second year, (so far as I know) the UK’s only camping three-day weekend summer jazz festival saw a massive overhaul from its hugely successful debut last year. The festival site was much larger this year with bigger stages, a wider variety of stalls and a better atmosphere than ever!

Whilst the sun didn’t last all weekend, this did not dampen people’s spirits, although Sunday’s sunny day was definitely the busiest day of the festival. The walk in, walk out environment at all of the stages encouraged people to follow their ears and listen to what the liked the sound of, regardless of which stage it was on or who else was listening to it.

 Imelda May on the Main Stage – Sunday evening
 Sunset on the Main Stage – Sunday night
 Nikki Yanofsky at The Big Top – Saturday afternoon
 Georgia Mancio Trio at The Matua Sessions – Saturday afternoon
 Festival site – Saturday evening
 Normanton Street on Coco Face Bandstand – Saturday afternoon
 Festival crowds at the Main Stage – Sunday afternoon
 Soul II Soul on the Main Stage – Sunday evening
Ollie Howell Quintet at The Arena – Saturday afternoon

The best thing about the festival was seeing everybody from toddlers to pensioners all across the site having a great time, listening to great live music and feeling the love of Love Supreme. If you’re not into the serious jazz, there is plenty of soul, funk, R’n’B, hip-hop and many other sub-genres to enjoy, so be sure to book early for next year, because if it carries on the way it’s going, it could soon be one of the most popular festivals in the UK! @lovesupremefest

Six New Jazz Discoveries from Love Supreme 2014

Here are just some of the new artists who I discovered over the weekend who are well worth a listen:

Nikki Yanofsky – Canadian prodigy superstar, aged just 20 and already in the big leagues of the r’n’b/pop-jazz scene with her uptempo catchy tunes
Omar – MBE songwriter and soul singer from the UK, described as the father of British neo soul, best known for his debut single “There’s Nothing Like This”.

Lalah Hathaway – With an incredible vocal range from the dizzying highs to the gravelly lows and the ability to sing chords (from time to time), Lalah will leave you speechless


Courtney Pine – A CBE awarded London saxophonist extraordinaire known for his upbeat arrangements, playful performance style and the many strange sounds be produces from his sax


Dave Holland’s Prism – A little bit of heavy jazz that is very listenable, something to put your head down to and go on a journey with

Christian McBride Trio – A serious bassist with some of the fastest fingers in the business. Starting a long world tour with his performance in the UK at Love Supreme.

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