Oscar Jerome shares ‘Lizard Street’, playing London’s Heaven on November 1924 September 2019
“Oscar Jerome is amazing. There is absolutely no denying it” – Wonderland
“One of the UK’s brightest songwriting hopes” – The Line Of Best Fit
“Oscar Jerome makes thoughtful, political, modern jazz” – Notion
“He is more than deserving of the accolades he has already amassed and will continue to gain” London in Stereo
“Oscar Jerome steps into a crowded scene and immediately demands attention.” – Earmilk
Following the release of his recent ‘Live In Amsterdam’ album and a tour with Kamasi Washington earlier this year, South London’s Oscar Jerome has now released a new single ‘Lizard Street’ in support of a European tour that’ll culminate in his biggest headliner to date at London’s Heaven on November 19th. Premiered by Complex here, you can stream ‘Lizard Street’ – released with a video directed by Denisha Anderson and wardrobed by Stella McCarteny who Oscar worked with as part of her recent ‘All Together Now’ collection – and read all about it below. Oscar was also recently invited to play live on 6 Music for Tom Robinson and the resulting session is available to listen here.
A song borne out of a long-harboured resentment of the dog-eat-dog mentality we impose on ourselves, ‘Lizard Street’ sees Oscar’s songwriting at its most versatile, owing just as much to hip-hop and West African music as his jazz and soul influences. Talking about the track, Oscar says: “‘Lizard Street’ puts me in a mood from a while back. Sometimes you get so caught in comparing yourself to others in the framework of a capitalist game that you forget who you really are. I thought I was turning into a lizard…but I’m alright now ;-)”.
Following a restless couple of years that saw a consistent stream of singles and EPs, collaborations on stage and in the studio with such names as Shabaka Hutchings, Kamasi Washington and Yussef Dayes as well as seemingly-endless international touring, earlier this month Oscar Jerome released the ‘Live In Amsterdam’ LP on Caroline International.
Capturing a sold-out show at the Dutch city’s Bitterzoet venue, the album showed exactly why Oscar and his virtuoso-level musicianship have become such a staple of the London jazz scene, despite following his own singular path. Unsurprising, then, that he’s gone on to sell out the likes of Corsica Studios, Ghost Notes, Village Underground and most-recently EartH and will wrap up this current European run with his biggest headliner to date at Heaven.
Oct 26 – Norwich, UK @ Bermuda Bobs
Oct 27 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
Oct 28 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
Oct 31 – Dublin, IE @ Sound House
Nov 1 – Glasgow, UK @ The Blue Arrow
Nov 2 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Nov 3 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Nov 6 – Cologne, DE @ Artheater
Nov 7 – Berlin, DE @ Maschinenhaus
Nov 9 – Munich, DE @ Folks! Club
Nov 10 – Zurich, CH @ Papiersaal
Nov 12 – Paris, FR @ Badaboum
Nov 13 – Brussels, BE @ Ab Club
Nov 15 – Nijmegen, NL @ Brebl
Nov 16 – Rotterdam, NL @ Birdfest
Nov 19 – London, UK @ Heaven
Nov 28 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Night Cat, Melbourne
Nov 29 – Sydney, AUS @ The Lansdowne
Nov 30 – Tocumwal, AUS @ Strawberry Fields Festival