Local Authority came into existence by chance when a one-off live improvised session came to the attention of Love Supreme Festival, which earned them a shortlist nomination by Jazz FM to open the festival. Local Authority then went on to do their debut live performance at Jazz re:freshed, successful sessions for Red Bull Music Academy & more recently have begun collaborating with UK soul legend Omar.
The project features a collection of musicians: Ed Riches on guitar, Joe Webb (keys), Dian Gasper (keys), Ben Burrell (keys), Oscar Stieler (keys), Lawrence Insula (bass), Karl Rasheed Abel (bass), Amadu Koroma (bass), Nathan Bossoh (bass) and Pete Hill (Drums), Sam Awotayo (Drums), Marijus Aleksa (Drums), Eddie Hick (Drums), Andrew McLean (Drums). The sound has been described as 'A striking mixture of soul-jazz, country-blues, gospel & hip hop', conjuring up the soulful vibes of the open air festivals of the 60s & 70s with a modern, raw edge. Photography courtesy of Ravi Chandarana