Yes, it’s time for the London Jazz Festival – and we think it’s bigger and better than last year! This year’s London Jazz Festival shows the amazing diversity of jazz – just as we do on Cosmic Jazz. More than in previous years, there’s a whole range of fringe events taking place around the city across the ten day programme.
Jazz Voice starts it all off with a night of vocal contrasts at the Barbican before moving into a series of performances that range from Gilberto Gil to Cleveland Watkiss. The Festival open windows into jazz – there’s workshops and family events, live interviews with key Festival artists and a huge programme of free music across the city.
The big names this year include Sonny Rollins, Kurt Elling, Tomasz Stanko, Chick Corea, Sheila Jordan, Branford Marsalis, Carla Bley, John Surman, Dave Holland and Marcus Miller. Rising stars include Empirical, Robert Glasper and Vijay Iyer.
There are performances by artists and groups that we’ve championed here on Cosmic Jazz – Carols Lopez-Real, the Robert Mitchell 3io and the Barcode Trio – all artists we’ve featured here on the show.
During the Festival we’ll be featuring music from many of the artists appearing across the ten days. To find out more, about artists and venues check out the website at www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk