01 April – Experimental Jazz from the UK
Polar Bear is a British experimental jazz band led by drummer Seb Rochford, which merges elements of cool jazz, funk, dance music and electronica. For their debut album, they were nominated for the ‘Best Band’ award at the BBC Jazz Awards 2004. Their largely instrumental second album Held on the Tips of Fingers was a huge success, earning Polar Bear a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005. The album was also selected as one of the 100 jazz albums that shook the world byJazzwise magazine. Their Istanbul concert is at Babylon, 8.30 p.m.