For the first time, Ni Maxine, the Liverpool-based artist reclaiming ‘Jazz’ with an afrocentric & soulful take, is teaming up with Newcastle’s finest, the globally respected bass player & producer, Rudi Creswick, for the Dark Days Are Done tour.
Hailed a ‘Black Woman at The Forefront of the UK Jazz Scene’ (Black Ballad), the Neo-Jazz Singer-Songwriter Ni Maxine is a Black British woman sparking intergenerational conversations for change, exploring themes of home, identity, self-esteem & belonging. Described as Erykah Badu & Gil Scott-Heron’s lovechild, her conscious & political lyricism has taken her to the main stage at Liverpool’s Africa Oyé (sharing the stage with the legendary Seun Kuti) & the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Having spent some time supplying low notes as bass player for a multitude of UK Soul & Jazz artists (including Tom Misch, Loyle Carner, Berwyn, Jordan Rakei, Poppy Ajudha, Puma Blue, Jorja Smith & Alfa Mist), Rudi Creswick has been stepping into the spotlight, after releasing his first full-length solo offering ‘Different Forms’ on Alfa Mist’s Sekito imprint, featured by Jamz Supernova as ‘The One’ on 1Xtra & in Clash Magazine.
Hailing from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Rudi was immersed in DJing and club culture from a young age, the low-end sonics of early dubstep, house, dub, hip-hop and garage guided his bass playing and led him to discover his own voice on the instrument.
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