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
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.
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.
Australian cult trio The Necks improvise every show they play, inspired by the audience, the venue and the different environments they find themselves in. Although no two performances are ever the same, the trio – pianist Chris Abrahams, drummer Tony Buck and bassist Lloyd Swanton - do have their own inimitable style that marks them out as distinctive voice in jazz and improv.