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The Guardian festival blog: British jazz gets a chance to shine at Glastonbury | Music


British jazz groups have brought a new interpretation of the genre – meshing it with dance music, grime, hip-hop and dancehall – to the masses at Glastonbury festival.

In a watershed moment for a genre once confined to the margins of the festival and the larger British musical landscape, notable jazz acts including Sons of Kemet, the Comet is Coming and Ezra Collective were all on the line-up, as well as LA scene ambassador Kamasi Washington, and influential London jazz night Steam Down’s in-house band.

West Holts stage is showcasing a selection of jazz and for the first time there’s a new venue dedicated to the genre – the Wormhole – where many of the acts will play with each other and special guests.

Alexis Blondel, the director of Total Refreshment Centre – one of the London venues which acted as an incubator for the nascent British jazz scene – said festivals had embraced the genre this year like never…



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