The best jazz events in London this month

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The best jazz in London this month


Steinway Festival

Critics' choice

Pizza Express Dean Street hosts the annual Steinway Festival once more. This year’s highlights include Zoe Rahman, Gwilym Simcock, Kit Downes and Jason Rebello.

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Pizza Express Jazz Club Wednesday March 4 2015 - Monday March 9 2015

Mari Kvien Brunvoll

Critics' choice

Norwegian label Jazzland Recordings presents a series of concerts at Kings Place, starting with a performance from Mari Kvien Brunvoll. Performing solo, she’ll employ her distinctive vocals, live sampling, electronics, percussion, zither and kalimba for an avant-garde free experience that’s well worth checking out.

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Kings Place Wednesday March 4 2015

Calum Gourlay

Critics' choice

The new label, Two Rivers, launches its first two albums – bassist Calum Gourlay’s debut outing and a new release from free improv trio Delius/Brice/Sanders, featuring saxophonist Tobias Delius, bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders.

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Vortex Wednesday March 4 2015

Nu Civilisation Orchestra

Critics' choice

Large ensemble Nu Civilisation Orchestra premiere new work from the highly skilled composer Yazz Ahmed with an all-female line up. The work was commissioned by Tomorrow’s Warriors to be part of WOW Festival and is inspired by six inspirational women – Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, The Suffragettes, Ruby Bridges, Haifaa al-Mansour and Barbara Thompson.

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Purcell Room Sunday March 8 2015

Ravi Coltrane

Critics' choice

Don’t miss this chance to see the son of jazz pioneer John Coltrane, who has earned his own reputation beyond that of his father’s name – he’s a formidable saxophonist with impressive command over his instrument. Performing his ‘New Quartet – Spirit Fiction’ project, Ravi will be joined by pianist David Virelles, bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Johnathan Blake.

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Ronnie Scott's Sunday March 8 2015 - Monday March 9 2015

Guillaume Viltard/Seymour Wright/Steve Noble

Critics' choice

Café Oto continues its series featuring Viltard and Wright in different line-ups. Tonight’s concert comprises bass, drums and saxophone from three of the finest exponents of the free jazz/improv genre.

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Cafe Oto Wednesday March 11 2015

Nathaniel Facey

Critics' choice

Empirical altoist Facey is one of London’s rising jazz stars, with his Eric Dolphy-esque tone and undeniable chops. Here he leads his own band through some virtuosic, hip modern jazz.

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606 Club Thursday March 12 2015

Emily Saunders

Critics' choice

Vocalist Emily Saunders launches her second self-produced album ‘Outsiders Insiders’ tonight. Citing Nina Simone, Chick Corea and Portishead as some of her inspirations, Saunders’ own innate musicality is definite - she has a wonderfully distinctive jazz voice that enables her to narrate her finely crafted originals to stunning effect. 

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St James Studio Tuesday March 17 2015

Marius Neset

Critics' choice

Insanely gifted saxophonist Marius Neset plays tracks from his recently released album ‘Pinball’, which follows his award-winning 2014 album ‘Lion’ with the Trondheim Orchestra. ‘Pinball’ is a must-buy album – it’s delightfully exhausting and again proves Neset’s unfathomable diversity as a musician – but Neset’s virtuosity and energy are always best experienced live. Enjoy.

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Purcell Room Wednesday March 18 2015

Andrew McCormack

Critics' choice

Andrew McCormack is a fine pianist who performs with a measured calm, drawing you in to his ambient and pensive soundworld. His classy delivery combined with his noteworthy composition skills, result in neat and elegant top-class jazz.

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606 Club Wednesday March 18 2015

Courtney Pine/Zoe Rahman

Critics' choice

Brit jazz royal Courtney Pine presents his new project, ‘Song (The Ballad Book)’ with talented pianist Zoe Rahman. This release will be Pine’s sixteenth to date –  the highly anticipated project is refreshingly intimate, with Pine on bass clarinet throughout accompanied by Rahman’s skilled piano work.

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Kings Place Thursday March 19 2015

Omar Puente Quartet

Critics' choice

Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente (who’s played with the likes of Courtney Pine, Wynton Marsalis and Tito Puente) performs tracks from his forthcoming album ‘Best Foot Forward’. His inimitable style is infectious, as is his friendly personality. Expect plenty of beautiful melodies atop complex latin rhythms.

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Pizza Express Jazz Club Monday March 23 2015

Roller Trio

Critics' choice

The power-packed trio of tenor saxophonist James Mainwairing, guitarist Luke Wynter and drummer Luke Reddin-Williams return to the Dalston club. Roller Trio first made an impact in 2012 with their Mercury Prize debut  – a heavy groove-laden genre defying session – and last year they followed this with the release of ‘Fracture’  – still distinctively RT but with a more reflective feel. 

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Vortex Friday March 27 2015