25 January THE SOUNDS OF CTI RECORDS, Ronnie Scott’s, LONDON (two shows – doors at 5.30pm and 8pm)

A journey through the sounds of CTI Records, possibly one of the most influential jazz labels of all time. 

Nu Civilisation Orchestra will be digging into the CTI vaults and performing tunes by some of its greatest artists, including Idris Muhammad, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Eumir Deodato, Bob James and more. The CTI cannon of work is immense, shaping a new jazz wave in the 70s, influencing the jazz funk movement and living on in the samples of some the greatest hip hop artists of the 90s and beyond (De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, MC Solaar, the list goes on).

16 April BLACK SAINT & THE SINNER LADY, Brick Lane Jazz Festival, LONDON

An exploration of one of the great jazz pioneer’s most extraordinary albums, Charles Mingus: Black Saint and The Sinner Lady.

Tomorrow’s Warriors co-founder, bassist, and Artistic Director of Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Gary Crosby OBE explains, ‘Black Saint and The Sinner Lady is Mingus pouring fire and energy into his arrangements – undeniably dark, provocative, and sensual. I’ve always loved Mingus as a musician, improviser, and composer. This collection of music shows his uncompromising approach at its finest!