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The best jazz events in London this month

Looking for great live jazz in the capital? Here are London’s best upcoming jazz gigs

The best jazz in London this month



Critics' choice

London-based jazz funk-fusion outfit J-Sonics – featuring stonking bassist Mike Flynn, brilliant guitarist Clement Regert and percussionist Jon Newey – play their own top-notch originals as well as tunes by Flora Purim, Freddie Hubbard and Chick Corea.

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606 Club , Chelsea Friday February 12 2016
© Karolina Zapolska

Mads Mathias

Critics' choice

Totally charming and talented Danish vocalist and saxophonist Mads Mathias cites Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr as influences, and uses these as inspiration when penning original songs with a swing-era feeling.

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Pizza Express Jazz Club , Soho Saturday February 13 2016

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra/Wynton Marsalis/Wayne Shorter

Critics' choice

Wayne Shorter earned his place in the jazz hall of fame playing with Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Weather Report and Herbie Hancock. The stunning Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra and its keeper of the jazz flame, Wynton Marsalis, explore Shorter’s extensive (and utterly brilliant) back catalogue at this evening of jazz royalty led by the octogenarian Shorter himself.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Thursday February 18 2016

Peter Brötzmann/Heather Leigh

Critics' choice

Multi-reedist Brötzmann and pedal steel guitarist Leigh explore avant garde free jazz and improv. Brötzmann has been a stalwart of the free improv genre since the ’60s and Leigh is known for her distinctive playing, which pushes the limits of the pedal steel guitar. Expect the unexpected in the most engaging of ways.

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Cafe Oto , Kingsland Saturday February 20 2016

Jay Rayner

Critics' choice

Sure, Jay Rayner knows good food – but he’s apparently a pretty decent jazz pianist too. Check him out as he performs food-and-drink-related (yes, really) pieces including ‘Cantaloupe Island’, ‘Black Coffee’ and ‘Save the Bones’. Mmm, tasty.

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Pizza Express Jazz Club , Soho Saturday February 20 2016
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Matt Roberts Bigish Band

Critics' choice

Trumpeter and band leader Matt Roberts is an undeniable talent. Here he skillfully leads his large ensemble (full of some of the best young musicians on the scene, including trumpeter Reuben Fowler, tenor saxophonist Josh Arcoleo and drummer Dave Hamblett) through originals and arrangements of pieces by the likes of Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Wayne Shorter and Dave Holland.

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Ronnie Scott's , Soho Saturday February 27 2016

Abdullah Ibrahim

Critics' choice

Don’t miss this rare chance to see iconic jazz pianist Ibrahim in a solo setting. The South African musician has collaborated with some of the giants of jazz and pioneers of South African music, most notably Hugh Masekela. Tonight he’ll will take to the stage alone to perform some of his most celebrated works spanning jazz, African gospel and film soundtracks.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Saturday February 27 2016