As one of the world’s great jazz cities, London is a great place to catch live jazz. From huge international stars to new talent and the annual EFG London Jazz Festival, London’s jazz venues have got it all. Here are our top picks from London’s calendar of upcoming jazz events.
The best jazz in London
Stunning jazz vocalist and violinist Alice Zawadzki continues to impress and beguile with her enigmatic performances and captivating storytelling abilities. Here she joins pianist Phil Peskett and bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado to showcase her latest project. She’s one to watch as her star continues to rise.
Brilliant Anglo-Hungarian jazz songwriter Williams leads this regular classy jazz and R&B vocal night, with high profile singing stars dropping by for the odd guest spot. Always a fun atmosphere, it’s a great night to check out the iconic Soho club and hear some always-virtuosic vocal displays.
With a voice that’s hauntingly beautiful and engaging and a magical blend of jazz, folk and the traditions of her native Sweden, Mårtensson is fast becoming a name to watch. Tonight she curates an evening featuring new collaborations and guests. Performers include fine percussionist Adriano Adewale and exceptional vocalists Lauren Kinsella, Alice Zawadzki, Fini Bearman, Mishka Adams and The Magic Lantern.
Kit Hesketh Harvey, three-decade veteran of Kit and the Widow, is back with his accompanist, the composer-pianist James McConnel. Prepare for erudite Cowardesque ditties, impeccable delivery and a dash of filth.
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.