Theon Cross

With unexpected lines round the block in Austin and international media headlines the showcase headed to New York, Paris and Sao Paolo before returning to SXSW under the name Outernational in 2018 with an even bigger buzz and featuring break-out acts Ezra Collective and Nubya Garcia

The Outernational showcase will return to Main II in 2019 with the strongest line-up of young UK jazz yet and is looking for a headline sponsor who can support this ground-breaking and super-creative scene. Investment required $20k.


Jazz re:freshed have been leaders in the alternative UK jazz scene for 15 years, setting up a record label, annual festival, club nights, and a weekly live music night in Notting Hill. In March 2017, just as the new London jazz scene was about to explode, they teamed up with British Underground and hosted the first UK jazz showcase at SXSW featuring key scene-makers including drummer and band-leader Moses Boyd and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (who recently signed to the legendary Impulse! label).  

Moses Boyd

London jazz is the hottest new genre in the world right now, but don’t take our word for it:

The Observer/The Guardian - 8th April 2018

The British jazz explosion: meet the musicians rewriting the rulebook


BBC Radio 4 - 27th October 2018

The Shuffle: London’s New Jazz


The New York Times - 19th October 2018

A Sweaty Night Out in London’s New Jazz Scene

Red Bull Music UK - 12 September 2018

21 exhilarating records from the contemporary UK jazz scene

NPR music - 12th May 2017

Get To Know London’s Thriving Jazz Scene (By Way Of Austin, Texas)

The New York Times - 29th August 2017

Ambassadors of London’s Rebooted, Revitalised Jazz Scene Come to New York

The New York Times - 5th January 2018

Is Today’s Jazz Finally Outrunning the Past?

i-D UK - 3rd July 2017

The shuffle generation are making jazz cool - again

i-D UK - 3rd January 2018

Jazz, but not as you know it

Rolling Stone - 2nd March 2018

Jazz’s New British Invasion


Nubya Garcia

Shabaka Hutchings