How to describe the sound of Local Authority... If Nick Drake was ghostwriting an instrumental jazz album for Weather Report produced by the Soulquarians, this might give you an idea. Local Authority has been described as ‘a striking mixture of soul-jazz, country-blues, gospel and hip-hop’. The sound of Local Authority should conjure up images from the original Woodstock festival to Greenwich Village jazz clubs via Notting Hill Carnival and Brick Lane Beigel Bake. Local Authority were nominated to open Love Supreme Festival by Jazz fm, and have also completed successful sessions at Red Bull Music Academy, the Loft Studios, Gibson UK, Karamel and Jazz Re:freshed, and collaborations with Omar.
Audiences can expect to catch a good vibe from energetic performances, as well as to find space for reflection within dark harmonic colours and bright rhythmic shifts. Expect lyrical melodies, electro-acoustic textures, danceable cross-rhythms and exploratory jazz improvisations. With infectious rhythmic figures and emotive harmony that borrows as much from white English folk as black Gospel music, Local Authority’s sound is complex but accessible. You don’t have to be a musician to enjoy listening to Local Authority.
Ed Riches has been guitarist for Grammy-winner Bilal’s world tours, Miguel Atwood Ferguson’s ‘Suite for Ma Dukes’ Orchestra, DJ Jazzy Jeff’s ‘Playlist Sessions’, Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s ‘Black Panther’ ensemble as well as sessions for Omar, N’Dambi, Marsha Ambrosius, Ntjam Rosie & Vels Trio. Dian Gasper is a keyboardist, film composer and educator who has performed worldwide with many legendary musicians including Myrna Hague, Gary Crosby, Jazz Jamaica, Zara McFarlane, Denys Baptise and Tomorrow’s Warriors.
Photography courtesy of Ravi Chandarana