George Nelson is a London-based photographer, author, curator and lecturer.
4-4 for the festival is an online exhibition which features four separate galleries, each chronicling the festival experience from a rarely seen perspective, captured on camera by George Nelson.
This builds on Nelson's 2020 photobook Scenes, a considered meditation on London's contemporary jazz landscape with a collection of fly-on-the-wall pictures of its musicians and spaces, from a period when folks got good to the music all over again. The scenes depicted run the gamut from packed houses to clandestine jams, from the much lauded to the lesser pronounced, allowing for a candid visual exploration on topical themes of multiculturalism, tradition and modernity, age and youth, community and solitude. You can purchase Scenes (2020) here
George is the founder and curator of Moment's Notice, a monthly London event showcasing leading lights in the art of spontaneous composition; each episode consists of a one-off duos and trio playing fully-improvised, 40-minute sets.
At this year's EFG London Jazz Festival, George Nelson brings this live improv session outside of its spiritual home AMP Studios on the Old Kent Road to The Wilds in Barking Riverside on Sunday 13th November for an afternoon of spontaneous compositions from Alina Bzhezhinska (Harp), Joshua Idehen (Spoken Word), Ben LaMar Gay (Multi-instrumentailst), Rebekah Reid (Violin) and Simon Roth (Drums). Book your tickets here.
The event returns to AMP Studios for Episode 10, Season 2 on Saturday 19th November with the mouth-watering duo of Alto Saxophone, colossus Nathaniel Facey (Empirical, Moses Boyd Exodus) and Keys wiz Robert Mitchell (Courtney Pine, Kaidi Tatham), stellar double bass player Rio Kai (SEED, Nerija), outstanding Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale (Robert Wyatt, Emilia Mårtensson) and an unbilled special guest. Book here