Rhythms pulse. Skins Resonate. Feet shuffle and heartbeats quicken. Waaju’s energy builds, weaving psychedelic soundscapes through potent beats, transcending the stage and melting into bodies. With a unique approach to a familiar sound, they rise from London’s rich cultural palette, proving UK Jazz doesn’t have to sound the way we expect it to.

Following on from their acclaimed self-titled 2018 debut, Waaju's newest offering "Grown" has been hailed internationally as one of the finest assimilations of the new UK Jazz sound and presents the band at their most commanding and refined.


Waaju is:

Ben Brown - drums, percussion

Sam Rapley - tenor saxophone

Tal Janes - guitar

Joe Downard - bass

Ernesto Marichales - congas, percussion

‘There’s a subtleness to the approach that we really like - as if these guys have deeply digested global influences, to a point where they hardly need to be slavish or similar in their music at all’ 


Dusty Groove, Chicago

‘(Waaju is) one of my favourite current tunes’


Patrick Forge

'Never were we to be bored. If anything, it was to get even more captivating and with each member coming across in a way that was relaxed, yet self-assured, it was an early sign of them achieving the perfect balance in all areas'

Listen To Discover, London

Gigs //

15/09/20 - Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London


04/12/20 - Jazz A Juan, Juan les Pins

29/01/21 - London Latin Jazz Fest,

                  Pizza Express Jazz Club

Buy now at:

  • Bandcamp
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Time's Got a Hold (ft. Jordan Rakei)

Rolos Rollos // Live at London Jazz Cafe