"breathing new life into one of music's greatest institutions"
"there is a lean exuberance to this band that demands a dancing response"
"rooted in a timeless sound but is equally inspired by contemporary genres like hip-hop and afrobeat"
Pigeons & Planes
UK quintet Ezra Collective released their debut album. You Can't Steal My Joy in Spring 2019; it follows 2017's genre-bending EP Juan Pablo: The Philosopher and includes previously-released singles "Quest for Coin," "What Am I To Do?" featuring Loyle Carner, and "Reason In Disguise" featuring Jorja Smith. A creatively defiant album, You Can't Steal My Joy seamlessly marries the delicacies and classic sounds of jazz with afrobeat, hip-hop and dancehall rhythms for a sound that cements them as one of the UK's most exciting acts among the country's burgeoning jazz resurgence.
Named one of Rolling Stone's great musical discoveries from SXSW 2019, one of Pigeons & Plane's best rising bands to listen to, and one of the liveliest groups in London by The New York Times, Ezra Collective is comprised of Femi Koleoso (drums), TJ Koleoso (bass), Joe Armon-Jones (keys), Ife Ogunjobi (trumpet), and James Mollison (saxophone). Together, they are adding their own fresh and imaginative spin on jazz's timeless footprint.