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Black Art Jazz Collective
Black Art Jazz Collective, a collaborative sextet launched in 2012 by club favourites Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery and Johnathan Blake makes its Ronnie Scott's debut! Their mission is to celebrate the significance of African American cultural and political icons, as well as preserving the historical significance of African Americans in jazz. Unmissable.

DATE: May 11–12
TIME: 6.00pm and 10.30pm
LOCATION: Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1
CONTACT: 020 7439 0747
PRICE: £25-£42.50 (two shows Friday only)

The Jacksons and Alexander O'Neal Confirmed For Greenwich Music Time 2017
Legendary Motown supergroup The Jacksons, who are celebrating their milestone 50th anniversary with a world tour in 2017, and US R&B giant Alexander O’Neal have been announced as the next two headliners lined-up to perform at this year’s Greenwich Music Time. They join Little Mix, Cliff Richard and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe on the line-up for the week-long concert series, which takes place at the World Heritage-listed, 5000-capacity Old Royal Naval College from.

DATE: June 30 – July 7
TIME: Evening show
LOCATION: Old Royal Naval College
PRICE: Contact organisers

112, Dru Hill with Sisqo and Ginuwine live in Concert. The 20th anniversary tour
Marking a phenomenal 20 years in the music business, US R&B superstars 112, Dru Hill and Ginuwine are set to come together to hit the UK stage for the first time ever to celebrate two decades worth of chart topping hits and unforgettable R&B classics.

TIME: Evening shows
LOCATION: London Indigo at the O2 and O2 Academy Birmingham
PRICE: £32.50


Baroque Theatre Company National 28 venue summer tour.
The much-loved and acclaimed Baroque Theatre Company will soon embark on their forthcoming summer tour which will see them perform a Comedy Triple Bill in a staggering 28 venues across England The Comedy Triple Bill features three short plays in one hilarious evening of fast-paced performances from an all female cast.

DATE: OPENS ON MAY 5 – July 30
TIME: 7.30pm
LOCATION: The Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead, Somerset TA24 5AY
CONTACT: - 01643 706430
PRICE: £12.00 (Full) £11.50 (Friends) £6.00 (Students/ES40s)

Barber Shop Chronicles
A co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Directed by Bijan Sheibani. Newsroom, political platform, local hot-spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. This dynamic new play journeys from a barbershop in London, to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

DATE: July 12-29
TIME: 2.15pm and 7.45pm
LOCATION: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP
CONTACT: @wyplayhouse
PRICE: £13.50-£22.00

Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Directed by Ian Rickson

DATE: April 5 June 24
TIME: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm - Thursday and Saturday at 3pm
LOCATION: Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London SW1Y 4HT
CONTACT: 020 7930 8800
PRICE: Tickets from £15


Instrumental Sounds of Jazz: A Tribute to Carl Kirton
Enjoy a night of interactive talks and performances that celebrate the contribution jazz has made to the evolution of Black British music. Jazz is renowned for its great level of musicianship and its influence can be found in blends of calypso, funk, and soul. Yet, how much do we know of its powerful influence on the sounds we listen to today?

DATE: May 12
TIME: 6.30pm-9.00pm
LOCATION: Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, London, Brixton SW2 1EF
PRICE: £10, £7 concession

CYMANDE *The Message*Bra*Brothers on the Slide*
Emerging as innovators within the black-British music scene of the early 1970’s, funk band Cymande created a new and exciting sound. Influenced by their Caribbean heritage and growing up around the rich, diverse elements of the Black British musical experience, they developed a unique sound of deep funk influenced by calypso, jazz, African rhythms and American soul.

DATE: April 27–29
TIME: 6.00pm (& 10.30pm Fri - Sat)
LOCATION: Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1
CONTACT: 020 7439 0747
PRICE: £30.00 - £55.00

Vinyl Rhythms
Memories, memories bring your favourite reggae and rocksteady vinyl record to BCA and take part in the ultimate listening party celebrating the most iconic and classic vibes of this era. An evening hosted by Sugar Dread, local Brixtonite, Vibes FM radio presenter, and Director of Rastafari Movement UK, and Gaffa Blue DJ/selector for First Class Sound and Killer Watt Sound, and Dubvendor.

DATE: June 8
TIME: 7.00pm-9.00pm
LOCATION: Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, London, Brixton SW2 1EF
CONTACT: online:


Field Day at Dinerama
Field Day and Street Feast bring together the best in music, food and beer for the ultimate Field Day warm up party featuring Erol Alkan, Django Django DJs, Tim Burgess and more

DATE: April 30
TIME: 12pm-10pm
PRICE: £8 per person

Black History Walks
In 140 minutes your guide will take you through hundreds of years of the African presence and contribution to London’s way of life. Discover secret alleyways and enormous buildings all connected to Africa and the Caribbean in ways which the owners do not want you to know. Find out about Black loyalists and African revolutionaries. Uncover the submerged links between racism, trade, religion, slavery and politics which are still evident in the very streets and buildings of the oldest part of London.

DATE: Five dates throughout 2017
PRICE: £8.00 adults | £3.00 children

Black Sound
Black British Music’s Journey of Creative Independence 7 April – 4 November 2017
Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This
exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it happen – the players, the promoters, the producers and the punters that changed Britain’s cultural history.

DATE: April 7 – November 4
TIME: Tuesday-Saturday, 10.00am – 6.00pm (last entry 5.30pm)

LOCATION: Black Cultural Archives

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