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Soweto Kinch

Widely proclaimed as the most exciting alto saxophonist of his generation and British Jazz's Great Hope, Kinch has successfully woven post-bop Jazz and rap to near universal acclaim. He twice won the MOBO prize for Best Jazz act, plus a host of other plaudits including a Mercury Prize nomination for his debut album Conversations with the Unseen. Kinch is a rare beast in British Jazz - a fervent disciple of Hip Hop who is at the same time a master of the jazz idiom -both disciplines which he appears determined to bridge. On stage he is a confident, electrifying modern day hipster. Off stage and on record, the Oxford University graduate brings intellectual heft to his musical passions, refusing to separate the music from the social realities that give it birth. His second album, 'A Life in the Day of B19 - Tales of the Tower Block' examines the lived experiences of three Birmingham men. The multi award winning MC and cohort of Jazz royalty Wynton Marsalis and Courtney Pine is also creative director of The Live Box.

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