Daymé Arocena to perform works of late jazz singer Leon Thomas in London

The Cuban prodigy makes her London debut in Clapton this month.

Following June’s appearance from rising jazz talent Moses Boyd, Church Of Sound will return to east London’s St James The Great, July 13, for their third event curated by Total Refreshment Centre.

Cuban singer, composer, arranger, choir director and band leader Daymé Arocena – who released her critically acclaimed debut album Nueva Era on Brownswood last summer – will fly her own musicians over from Havana to play. She’ll perform five songs from late iconic jazz singer Leon Thomas, focusing on the soul jazz fusions of his later output on the label Flying Dutchman and Strata East, originally recorded between 1969 and 1973.

London curator and founder of Total Refreshment Centre Lexus Blondin will be spinning records before, during and after each band, along with a special guest with a “great collection of jazz records and exquisite taste” according to Church Of Sound.

All proceeds from the booking fees will be going to Calais Action, via Party for the People.

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Daymé Arocena plays St James The Great, London, July 13. More info here.