The Israeli funk and groove ensemble "The Apples" will be appearing at the traditional London Jazz Festival set to be held next month in association with Radio 3. The band will appear at the Cargo Club in the Old Street area.
The London Jazz Festival hosts 10 days of free jazz concerts at various London venues. This year big name performers will include jazz giants such as saxophone legend Sonny Rollins, master bassman Charlie Haden leading his Quartet West, intense Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and influential trumpeter Jon Hassell. Keyboard maestro Chick Corea will perform with bluegrass banjo player Bela Fleck while Joe Zawinul will appear alongside the BBC Big Band.
The Apples started out five years ago when Ofer Tal and Uri Wertheim from the "Radio Trip" band joined drummer Yoni Halevi and bass player Shay Ran. Their first album "Mitz" was released in 2003. Their second album was released two years ago after which the band went on an oveseas tour. At the beginning of 2007 the band went on a three week tour to London where they also performed at the Jazz Café located in Camden. The band is currently working on a new single.
This well-attended London Jazz Festival is one of the best free festivals in London and it attracts an eclectic blend of music lovers and jazz aficionados. Special shows for young people were introduced in 2005 including workshops and writing projects and are now a regular fixture at the festival and aim to attract more young people to the world of jazz music