The Colour of Jazz: ‘Music is like a fruit of love, in a way’
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This Saturday, Chats Palace will host an evening of music and art for a very worthwhile cause.
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.
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“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.