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Sunday Jazz: The Cosimo Matassa Project

  • The London Jukebox 206 Upper Street N1 1RQ (map)

The Cosimo Matassa Project

Cosimo Matassa (1926 - 2014) started J&M Recording Studio in 1945 in the back room of his parents' shop at the junction of Rampart Street and Dumaine in New Orleans. His studios would see legends of R&B pass through their doors such as Little Richard, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Big Joe Turner.

In 2015, a group of musicians in London with a common love for early New Orleans R&B got together to pay homage to Cosimo Matassa and the music that came out of his studios. They thought it would be a lot of fun to transcribe some of the original arrangements from the era, then record the tracks using methods as close to Cosimo Matassa's working practices as they could manage.

Earlier Event: December 15
King Cassady
Later Event: December 17
Zantogola - Gùndo Fara EP Launch