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Ex-Enfield Grammar Pupils In Ezra Collective Hit Glastonbury

GLASTONBURY was treated to a slice of Enfield jazz on Saturday when the Ezra Collective took to the stage.

The Mobo Award-winning band, who last year released their second LP Where I’m Meant To Be, feature former Enfield Grammar School students Femi and TJ Koleoso.

And they even gave the school a shout out from the West Holts Stage on Saturday as they added : “It’s important – give young people an instrument and give them a chance.”

MOST READ: Company fined £240k after Enfield man died in crash with litter-picking vans The school tweeted in response: “Mentioning EGS and the importance of offering a music pathway to our youth.

“They have come a long way from Room C12 in the music block to Glastonbury!

“#BelieveInYourself”

The Ezra Collective came to prominence in 2016 with their debut EP Chapter 7.

Since then they have released eight singles and two albums, as well as frequently collaborating with fellow London-based jazz musicians such as Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd.

As well as drummer and bandleader Femi and bassist TJ Koleoso, the band features keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones, trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi, and tenor saxophonist James Mollison.

Their sound mixes elements of afrobeat, calypso, reggae, hip-hop, soul and jazz.

They met at the jazz music education organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors, and one of their mentors was the late legendary drummer Tony Allen, a man they still call ‘Uncle Tony’ and who they say “changed our lives”.

Speaking previously about their approach, Femi has said: “Everyone has an emotion or feeling that they evoke. For us, there’s an energetic joy,” Femi says of the group’s dynamic. “We’re trying to get people to dance and have the best day of their week at our shows.

“Some of the happiest moments of my life have been with these bredrins when we’re reasoning together.”