Whether you’re a long-time lover of the genre or a total newbie, London’s got something to keep all jazz fans entertained. With top-notch nights taking place week in, week out, and with a solid selection of venues offering not just sweet sounds but a sweet atmosphere too, the capital’s jazz nuts are spoilt rotten.
Jazz in London this week
Krautrock kingpin Rother was one of the musicians responsible for the divine sounds of Neu! and Harmonia in the early ’70s, and although he also has an extensive solo discography it's that pioneering work which he'll be drawing on tonight as he plays songs by his two hugely influential groups.Read more
Vocalist Melissa James presents material from her new album ‘Stripped Back’, joined by guitarist Tom Gamble and pianist Arthur Lea. James is a fine vocalist, particularly adept at tuning into the emotive qualities of her music. She’s an expert narrator and well worth checking out.Read more
Trumpeter Chris Batchelor, pianist Liam Noble, baritone saxophonist James Allsopp and drummer Paul Clarvis are Pigfoot: an impressive quartet who breathe new life into forgotten corners of jazz history. At this ‘1972’ show they’re taking a dizzying span of music from that year – anything from Ornette Coleman to Black Sabbath – and turning it inside out.Read more