The Colour of Jazz: ‘Music is like a fruit of love, in a way’

Cecil Waldron of Submit to Love Studios wearing his Alice Coltrane t-shirt design.

Cecil Waldron of Submit to Love Studios wearing his Alice Coltrane t-shirt design. - Credit: Archant

This Saturday, Chats Palace will host an evening of music and art for a very worthwhile cause.

The fundraiser starts from 7pm this Saturday.

The fundraiser starts from 7pm this Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Musicians including the Grand Union Orchestra, DJ Lex Blondin and saxophonist Camilla George – fresh from being shortlisted for Jazz FM’s Instrumentalist of the Year – will descend on Clapton for a fundraiser to support the brain injury charity: Headway East London.

The event is called The Colour of Jazz, and will involve brain injury survivors performing alongside these world-class musicians, with food, art and t-shirts to buy as well.

Chris Miller is an artist from Headway’s Submit to Love Studios art programme. A retired teacher who sustained a brain injury after having a tumour removed in 2012, Miller is one of the artists taking part in the event’s jazz-inspired art workshop. The net result is The Colour of Jazz t-shirt collection, which will display on the night.

“There is a connection between music and the unconscious parts of the brain, perhaps especially for some types of music, including jazz,” he says.

“This connection is especially important for people who have survived a brain injury. It is about being a human being.

“In a similar way, we have a connection to art and colour that does not depend on language, physical ability or thought.”

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Kicking off this Saturday (February 23) from 7pm, the event is for people of all ages and tickets are £12 – although carers will go free.

All ticket sales and profits generated from those who buy t-shirts will go to Headway East London.

Supported by community collaborators Hackney Roots and Rhythm Passport – as well as visual artist Coline L’Achiver, who worked with Submit to Love on the t-shirts – The Colour of Jazz will help Headway East London continue with their quest to support people affected by brain injuries.

Based on Kingsland Road – and operating in 13 London boroughs – the charity offers specialist support and services to survivors and their families, and campaigns for greater public awareness.

The charity’s goal is to build a community where those afflicted are valued, respected and able to fulfil their potential.

The music continues until 11.30pm and, if you’re heading along in search of a bite to eat, Little Baobab will be there to plate up their Senegalese soul-food.

The Colour of Jazz is at Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DF. For more details, click here.

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