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Live In The Square will take over London’s stunning Grosvenor Square, in the heart of Mayfair, for a series of music, theatre and jazz events. Ronnie Scott’s will bring their inimitable style to Grosvenor Square, with cult classic acts from Sister Sledge with Craig Charles to nu-jazz favourites St Germain with Peter Josef all taking to the stage. The genre-defying Submotion Orchestra will be performing and the live series will go out with a lyrical bang on Big Band Day with the Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band.

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St Germain
15 August 2018
Gates open 5pm | Performance 7.30pm

An uncontested and respected figure in the world of electronic music for the past two decades, a pioneer of the “French Touch” and a creator of intelligent, sensual and original deep house, St Germain has always stood out. His consummate art thrives on a subtle mixture of machines and instruments, of authentic roots and modern influences.

His music is a complex blend, reflecting his love of the blues, jazz and Black music of all kinds, with hypnotic electronic loops and harmoniously intertwined vocal samples. Who can forget the renowned “Alabama Blues” or “Rose Rouge”, the hit single played all around the world… even during Rolling Stones’ concerts!

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Pete Josef
15 August 2018
Gates open 5pm | Performance 7.30pm
Supporting St Germain

A heartfelt, genre-bending combination of jazz, soul, pop, and electro, UK singer, songwriter andmulti-instrumentalist Pete Josef releases his debut album “Colour” this fall via Sonar Kollektiv.

The title Pete Josef picked for his debut full-length just couldn’t be more appropriate: Like afound collection of analogue photographs, sepia-tinged and covering some beautiful, intense trip,the essence of “Colour” indeed lies in its manifold shades and hues, the colourfully rich andwarm soundscapes the singer, songwriter and producer presents throughout the album. At homein various genres – from jazz to soul, from downbeat to outright pop –, Pete Josef just knowshow to capture the warm glow of different spheres, how to present this special kind of light invarious unique frames: “Colour” is comprised of 11 sonic snapshots, and one can tell right awayhow deeply personal they are, how much room he’s given these ideas to mature over time.

Although the singer, who currently lives in a cottage in rural Somerset, says that nature is indeeda huge inspiration, “Colour” isn’t about physiographical details at all: Joined by a dozen friends,various drummers, double bass and wind players, he deals with emotional states, sentiments both good and bad, though one can tell that he never gives up hope for an even brighter, morecolourful future. What’s more, Josef’s certainly no purist: He effortlessly blends jazz and his very own, shape-shifting take on pop, and when it’s time for some soul flavours, there’s not even a hint of irony, no cool façade – which makes him sound like an artist from the sixties or seventies rather than some hip post-R&B kid.

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Sister Sledge
16 August 2018
Gates open 5pm | Performance 7.30pm

In the history of recorded music, there have been only a handful of musical groups which have managed to transcend time, genre, and culture…and Sister Sledge is indisputably one of these. As the pages of the Chicago Tribune have asserted, Sister Sledge “has the stuff legends are made of.”

The sisters, Debbie, and Kim (sister Kathy stepped away from the ensemble in 1989, and sister Joni very sadly passed away in March last year), are daughters of entrepreneur/actress Florez Sledge and acclaimed Broadway performer Edwin Sledge. Their beloved grandmother, Viola Beatrix Hairston Williams, was an alumna of the Juilliard School and of Bethune-Cookman College, where she was a personal protégé of founder Mary McCloud Bethune. An accomplished lyric-opera soprano in her own right, Mrs. Williams provided unique vocal training to the siblings early on, arranging for her granddaughters to perform at church events and community functions. The quartet, introduced to the world as “Mrs. Williams Granddaughters,” before long, formed a band and, with Debbie serving as vocal arranger, Joni as artistic director, and Mom, Florez as manager, Sister Sledge was born.

Performing jazz, soul, gospel, disco, and R&B, flourishing both in-studio and onstage, the sisters built a formidable reputation, dazzling audiences and impressing critics from the start.

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Craig Charles
16 August 2018
Gates open 5pm | Performance 7.30pm
Supporting Sister Sledge

Asked by The Independent to define himself in six words, Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul stalwart and curator Craig Charles said “Late to bed, early to rise”. One look at his vast and wide-ranging CV and you’d agree that has to be true. The Liverpool-born actor, poet, comedian, author, presenter and DJ has starred in Red Dwarf and Coronation Street, helmed shows such as Takeshi’s Castle, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Robot Wars, made numerous other appearances as an actor, star guest and presenter, and has most importantly been the UK’s most prominent champion of Funk and Soul music.

Before finding fame through music, Craig Charles was well-known for his acting roles and also toured the country as a comedian, with Time Out praising his shows for their “ruthless social observations, emotive poetry, and the best one-liners in the business”. Nowadays still a star of Coronation Street and presenter of his own radio show, Craig Charles continues to find time to take his trunk of funk records on the road, DJ-ing abroad and ll around the UK to the delight of thousands of loyal fans.

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Submotion Orchestra
17 August 2018
Gates open 5pm | Performance 7.30pm

Since their inception in 2009, the genre-defying Submotion Orchestra have moved seamlessly between deep electronica, jazz, soul and ambient downtempo, mesmerising audiences from Iceland to India. Their unique music is at once delicate and heavy, spacious and dense, highly atmospheric but firmly rooted.

Formed in Leeds in 2009, the band quickly made a splash on the wider scene. Their live gigs left audiences open-mouthed, and their debut EP on Ranking Records drew a rave reaction from Gilles Peterson who quickly gave the band their first Radio 1 session. Their now-legendary weekly residency at the tiny Hukaz Bar in Leeds gave fans the unique opportunity to see the band create new material up-close and personal.

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Hidden Orchestra
17 August 2018
Gates open 5pm | Performance 7.30pm
Supporting Submotion Orchestra

A sonic experimenter and nature enthusiast, Joe Acheson has always captured field recordings and found sounds to incorporate in his Hidden Orchestra music, as well as using them in his award-winning work as a radio producer and soundtrack composer. Last year saw him developing this with “Marconi & The Lizard” – an EP born of an artist residency at Cornwall’s Lizard Point, commissioned by The National Trust and British Library. Released under the Joe Acheson solo name, this project was greeted with features in The Guardian and The Independent and radio support from Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music) and Late Junction (BBC R3), creating even more interest in Acheson’s exciting musical explorations as the new Hidden Orchestra album continued to take shape in his studio.

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Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band
18 August 2018
Gates open 5pm | Performance 7.30pm

Following two acclaimed big band albums, Matthew Herbert announces a third in response to Brexit.

This time though, it’s being put together differently. It is a two year collaborative project right across Europe celebrating artistic and musical collaboration and communities across national borders.

The project will begin in England at the point at which the UK government triggers Article 50 and then run in parallel across Europe with concerts, recording sessions and workshops, culminating in an album release date at the same moment that Britain leaves the EU in 2019.

The project launches with the Brexit Sound Swap, a sound exchange scheme that anyone anywhere can contribute to by recording and uploading a sound of 3 seconds in length. Once you have contributed a sound then you automatically receive all and any of the sounds uploaded by other people. The idea is to create a common resource of new and varied noises, free to everyone to use, hear or download. The website can be found here: www.brexitsoundswap.eu

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Ronnie Scott’s Big Band
18 August 2018
Gates open 5pm | Performance 7.30pm
Supporting Matthew Herberts Brexit Big Band

The U.K.’s finest Big Band teeming with first-call players and appearing under the Musical Directorship of award winning band leader Pete Long. The Ronnie Scott’s Big Band is comprised of some of the greatest talents on the UK jazz scene and presents countless themed shows featuring the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, The RatPack and Benny Goodman just to name a few. The band can often be experienced in the club and have performed at countless festivals and outdoor events across the country.

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