Oscar Jerome is blessed with two gifts: Not only is the Englishman a virtuoso guitarist, he also has a terrific singing voice. With that voice he can often be heard softly caressing his audience like a soul crooner, only to lapse into rhythmical speech-song in the next number. At ELBJAZZ 2019 we were lucky enough to experience the young South Londoner performing as a member of the smooth Afro-soul ensemble Kokoroko – and he now returns with his own band.
The self-professed control freak blends introverted song-writing, Black music traditions and West-African influences with enviable casualness. His debut album is scheduled for release in 2020. He has toured with jazz giant Kamasi Washington, and he has a finger in the pie with numerous up-and-coming London bands. There is no doubt about it: Oscar Jerome is going to shape the future of British jazz.