For 12 weeks in early 2017, every Monday will see Camden's storied Jazz Cafe play host to Total Refreshment Centre for a new live series. The programme, Milestones, will see the band play a set based on a key jazz record, using its own talent to refresh and reinvent some of the most sainted music in the genre. In doing so, it will bridge the chasm between classic and contemporary, and showcase the vigour of London's present jazz scene.
Total Refreshment Centre comprises some of the best players in this scene, who play on a revolving series with host of special guests. Musicians involved include pianist Ashley Henry and trumpeter Nick Walters.
The chosen classics cover a wide historical and stylistic range. At one extreme, it includes the Zodiac Suite (1945) of Mary Lou Williams, who taught many of the stars featured later in the series, and Duke Ellington's The Blanton-Webster Band (1990), a compilation of recordings made between 1940 and 1942. At the other, there's the crate-digging beatmaker Madlib's Shades of Blue (2003), which stitched together and spun beats out of the seminal record label Blue Note's immense archive.
In between there are numerous classics from the golden age of free jazz. Miles Davis is represented by Kind of Blue, John Coltrane by Giant Steps, Ornette Coleman by The Shape of Jazz to Come, Charles Mingus by Mignus Ah Um and David Brubeck by Time Out – a remarkable quintet made even more remarkable by all being released in the same year, 1959. Other evenings in the series will look to Charlie Parker, Ahmed Jamal, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk.