Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic live performances has become a rarity, but thanks to Bluesound, Jazz Re:Freshed, and MQA, Jazz Re:Fest 2020, rather than being cancelled was made available to everyone worldwide.
On Friday I received a Bluesound Powernode 2i for use in an upcoming review for HiFiAudio.Guru. Unfortunately, I have not yet received the speakers for the review, but since I didn’t want to miss the Jazz Re:Freshed Jazz Re:Fest 2020, I hooked up an old pair of Mission speakers using Cardas Iridium speaker cables and power cable. Installing the BluOS app on my Moto G Power phone, all I had to do was click on the MQA link in the app at the appointed time and I was treated to a live concert in my listening room.
Jazz Re:Freshed is an organization dedicated to promoting new (mostly London based) Jazz artists with a distinct focus on trailblazers vs. lounge acts. If Jazz Re:Fest 2020 is anything to judge by, they are eminently successful in this goal.
All I can say is that with elements of Progressive Jazz, Reggae, Samba, House, Rap, and Social Awareness, Jazz Re:Fest 2020 was a riveting 4 hours of entertainment (even though it was in the morning hours here [5PM to 9PM BST-British Summer Time]).
The featured artists are as follows (though I didn’t note the order of play):
And thanks to Bluesound the performance and sound quality of the streaming MQA was flawless, making me look forward with great anticipation to future offerings.
Note: for those who missed it, tickets for a YouTube presentation appear to be available on the Jazz Re:Freshed website.