Charlotte Keefe is a trumpeter and flugelhorn player who continues to push the boundaries of the jazz genre – her accomplished tone, understanding of extended techniques, and technical ability allow her to experiment with improvisation more than most. ‘Charlotte Keefe Quartet Live’ is a collection of recordings released in 2020 but taken from a live performance by Keefe’s Quartet at Jazz in the Round back in March 2019. Although these performances are categorised as free jazz and free improvisation, they are by no means inaccessible to the average listener – combining moments of wholeness and unity with moments of disparity and disorientation, Keefe’s Quartet play with our expectations as an audience, and create soundscapes which are both pleasing and challenging for the listener.
We caught up with Jacky as he was recording the Youth Jazz Commission he wrote and performed for the 2019 Lancaster Jazz Festival.
Hi Jacky, what's are you up to?
I’m recording the ‘Industrial’ suite I wrote for Lancaster Jazz Festival at Livingston Studios in London. Since the festival, we’ve had the opportunity to play the music again at different venues, enabling the music to grow and develop.