Ezra Collective are a band that bring an almost supernatural flavour and an insatiable hunger to their music, mingling afrobeat, reggae, jazz and hip-hop with a distinctly London and ineffably of the moment finish. A product of the UK capital’s essential cultural pluralism and ever-shifting musical zeitgeist, they represent that diversity with slick professional flair and the concerted inventiveness of a group of artists very much in the ascendance.
Originally born out of Tomorrow’s Warriors UK jazz organisation, Ezra Collective burst onto the scene in May 2012 when they were victorious in the Yamaha Jazz Experience Competition, whose distinguished panel was blown away at the standard of the band’s set and the advanced musicianship on show. This lead to them supporting Terence Blanchard at the London Jazz Festival 2012 and they have since gone on to play a myriad of different clubs around London and beyond, including the famous Royal Albert Hall.
A pivotal live performance on Boiler Room brought them to the broad attention of international music lovers and cemented Era Collective’s position of one of the resurgent global jazz scene’s most exciting prospects. 2016 saw support come thick and fast from contemporary tastemakers including the eminent Gilles Peterson, who promptly invited them to join the line-up at his globally renowned Worldwide Awards in January 2017, kicking off what looks to be a year in full bloom for this promising band.