Jazz Re:Freshed festival moves online, pledges to support musicians

Music and arts organisation Jazz Re:Freshed has announced that its annual Jazz festival is moving online this year, as part of a digital strategy to support musicians whose performance opportunities have been wiped out by the global pandemic.

The event, supported by MQA and Bluesound, will take place August 23, 5-9pm BST. It will be recorded at The Mill Studios behind closed doors, and streamed on the Jazz re:freshed YouTube channel. It’s usually hosted at Brighton Dome. 

The live performances will also be broadcast simultaneously in MQA studio-quality audio via Bluesound’s BluOS Controller app directly into the homes of Bluesound’s hi-res speaker owners. Consumers with BluOS Enabled devices from NAD Electronics, DALI and Monitor Audio will also be able to tune into the exclusive MQA audio stream through the BluOS Controller app. 

MQA CEO Mike Jbara says MQA is committed to helping artists connect with fans. “The performers showcased at Jazz re:freshed events are brimming with originality and energy, and their artistry is fully revealed in this way. We are proud to be a small part of the events imagined by Jazz re:freshed.”

The four-hour show will feature performances from breakthrough and established acts including Binker Golding, Sahra Gure, Steam Down, Ms Maurice, Golden Mean, Jas Kayser and Anthony Joseph.

As a not-for-profit organisation, Jazz re:freshed will be encouraging donations on its YouTube channel from festival viewers.

“Despite barriers, we are still on a mission to celebrate a genre and musicians whose performance opportunities are severely reduced right now, and to showcase the incredibly diverse, colourful, expressive and creative world of jazz music and alternative culture,” explains co-founder Adam Moses. “The festival has been the perfect launchpad for pioneering artists such as Moses Boyd and SEED Ensemble, and it’s great to return with a mix of fresh talent and established acts, and with the support of MQA and Bluesound to deliver the performances remotely in studio-quality resolution.”