London Jazz Festival

“Jazz stands for freedom. It’s supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don’t be a perfectionist – leave that to the classical musicians.” – Nat Wolf

A genre of music with its origin in African-American communities during the 19th century, Jazz spans an array of music for over 100 years. It makes profound use of polyrhythms, syncopation and improvisation along with the facets of European harmony and African musical basics. With unique styles based on various local, regional and national musical cultures, Jazz has undeniably gone far and beyond.

The 22nd annual London Jazz Festival is here! Featuring the best artists from around the globe, the festival takes place at various locations in London. Starting November 14 to November 23, the festival brings to you an assortment of world-class stars and artists. The event also includes talks and film screenings taking a comprehensive look at various styles.

Albert Hall

Albert Hall

November 14, 2014

Day 1 brings to you Euan Burton, the bright and very talented Scottish bassist and composer launching his album ‘Too Much Love” with Ryan Quigley. The event starts at 12.00 PM at Royal Albert Hall. You can also watch out saxophonist Rachael Cohen blending her amazing tone with mysterious lyricism at London Southbank Centre. Also, UK’s finest improvisers namely Dave Kane, Corey Mwamba and Josh Blackmore set for an incredible celebration of music making. The show combines spontaneity with smart composition and takes place at London Rich Mix.
Some of the other artists performing on this day at locations such as Southbank Centre, London Kings Place, London Barbican, Temple Church and London PizzaExpress Jazz Club include Rachael Cohen, Young Pilgrims, George Montague, Jan Garbarek and Carla Cook.

November 15, 2014

The second day of the London Jazz Festival brings to you artists such as the piano-hitting singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist George Montague, the Italian orchestra Mezzotono, Supersonics, John Martin and Serious Sing to name a few.

You can also watch out Dr. John paying tribute to Louis Armstrong, one of the most influential figures in jazz music. The event gets started at 7.30 PM and is held at London Barbican.

November 16, 2014

Day 3 will have artists such as Keith Tippett, Leo Appleyard, Kevin MacKenzie, Steve Hamilton and Omar Puente enthrall the crowd with brilliant performances. One can also be a part of a 90-minutes Jazz workshop led by Peter Edwards. It starts at 11.00 AM at Southbank Centre. Swiss violinist Tobias Preisig also inspires talented improvisers on the same day at Southbank Centre at 1.00 P.M.

November 17, 2014

You can’t miss Groovy Baby, Randolph Matthews on November 17, 2014. A new opportunity for parents with babies, this one offers a high quality improvised music. The concert creates an environment that is chilled out and affable. With Randolph Matthews, it’s not the performance you watch but it is something you participate in.

Other artists include Nia Lynn, Steve Swallow, Randy Weston, Marilyn Mazur, Pete Wareham and George Crowley to name some.


November 18, 2014

Performances of Andre Canniere, Steve Swallow, Michèle Drees, Sue Richardson, Pascuala Ilabaca and Fauna, Rick Simpson and Paulo Dias Duarte mark Day 5.

November 19, 2014

Pianist Neal Richardson, drummer Harvey Mason, pianist and keyboard player Steve Lodder,  Lee Gibson, Duncan Lamont, Jesse Bannister, Amina Figarova and Nicole Perez will give their outstanding performance and mesmerize the crowd.


November 20, 2014

Watch out Nerija at Southbank Centre at 06.00 PM and celebrate 100 years of British Composition. You can also watch out the very talented pianist Dan Tepfer making his solo debut at Wigmore Hall at 07.30 PM.

 November 21, 2014

Be it Trombonist Robbie Harvey’s quintet, a chat with Chucho Valdés, Laura Zakian’s contemporary classics or George Montague’s performance, the day offers you a lot.


November 22, 2014

On Day 9, Phil Meadows invites you to assist him write his commission at London Kings Place at 10.00 AM. You can also join vocalist Maggie Nicols and get an introduction to John Stevens’ Search & Reflect method. Other artists include drummer Ollie Howell, pianist Nikki Iles and Al Scott to name a few.

November 23, 2014

The last day of the London Jazz Festival 2014 brings to you multi-instrumentalist Adriano Adewale, trumpet star Yazz Ahmed, George Montague, Jazz flautist Gareth Lockrane, trumpet player Gabriel Garrick and violinist Regina Carter to name a few.

An extravaganza in every sense, this festival is not worth a miss!


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