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
Something a bit different from the Californian experimentalists, whose creepy, cracked tunes suggest Talk Talk trapped in an asylum with Liars, The Microphones and Panda Bear. At this Hackney show they’re playing the music of ‘Twin Peaks’, interpreting Angelo Badalamenti’s music for David Lynch’s cult TV series. Judging by the footage from the debut performance in Australia, it should be damn fine.Read more
Vocalist Georgia Mancio, who has an enchanting voice and a gift for narration, joins fine pianist Alan Broadbent to present their duo project ‘Songbook’, which includes new originals in ballad, bebop and bossa styles. Bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Dave Ohm also perform.Read more
This year’s Match And Fuse festival features some incredible jazz and contemporary classical innovators across four venues, including Blue Eyed Hawk (listen out for the interplay between trumpeter Laura Jurd and superb vocalist Lauren Kinsella), Get The Blessing, Alexander Hawkins, Leafcutter John and Alice Zawadzki. The whole festival ends with a midnight gig in Gillett Square featuring the eclectic Eirik Tofte Match And Fuse Orchestra.Read more