Nightclubbing with Radicals in Soho (1915-1965)

Nightclubbing with Radicals in Soho (1915-1965) takes place on Saturday 8 July and Saturday 19 August, 2.00pm-4.00pm. This walking tour will trace the web of narrow streets in the central London neighbourhood of Soho. Once known as London’s ‘negro quarter’, we will explore the nightclubs, bars and restaurants of Soho. Tracing the stories of the Caribbean […]

Jazz – The Bedrock of Black British Sound

Dancers at Club Eleven, Carnaby Street (1950) Black Cultural Archives’ current exhibition Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of Black British music. The exhibition marks the onset of modern Black music in Britain with the arrival of the Southern Syncopated Orchestra in 1919. The Southern Syncopated Orchestra came to London from America and made an […]

Tomorrow’s Warriors Summer Jam 

Saturday 3 June, 12pm-6pm Kicking off the show will be the TW Junior Band – a quintet ranging in age from 12-15 years – followed by the older TW Youth Ensemble (aged 16 -19 years) our newly reformed TW Female Collective, jazz strings ensemble TW String Ting, and The Residents – the professional development group, featuring well-known guests from the world of British jazz. There will also be an opportunity to […]

Instrumental Sounds of Jazz: A Tribute to Carl Kirton

A Tribute to Carl Kirton Friday 19 May, 6.30pm-9.00pm   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, […]

Jazz Workshops

A series of jazz workshops for all ages led by Gary Crosby OBE and Tomorrow’s Warriors.  Jazzy Beatz Tuesday 30 May – Friday 2 June, 2.00pm-5.00pm Are you a young aspiring vocalist, rapper, beatboxer, producer, or instrumentalist? Would you like to celebrate the heritage of Black music in the UK, whilst collaborating with some of the […]

Artist in the Archive with Shabaka on Friday 19 June, 6pm

Summer starts at Black Cultural Archives with the launch of Artist in the Archive bringing the archive to life like never before. Saxophonist/Composer Shabaka Hutchings will perform a set inspired by the ‘Grounation’ album, originally recorded by Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. He will be joined by Rebel MC (Congo Natty), drummers from MOBO award-winning jazz […]

From BCA with Love

Today we mark another St. Valentine’s Day. Although it may be grey and cold outside, your heart can be warmed with these loved-up musical treats. For fans of the new BBC 2 drama ‘Dancing on the Edge‘, here is a song sheet from Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson’s Have I told you lately that I Love you? […]