London jazz festival

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Jazz rulebreaker Hiromi: ‘The piano is a plane that can take me anywhere’
As she arrives in the UK for London jazz festival, the Japanese pianist explains how she subverts expectations to appeal to highbrow listeners and rock fans alike

Ammar Kalia

10, Nov, 2023 @1:30 PM

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Horror metal, J Hus and new Dolly: all of autumn 2023’s best music
Rock, rap and pop royalty are set for a strong season, with returns for the Chemical Brothers and Kylie. Tropicália pioneer Gilberto Gil celebrates a stellar career and Thomas Adès takes the reins at the Hallé

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Ammar Kalia and Andrew Clements

21, Aug, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Gospel trailblazers the Staples Jr Singers: ‘We were singing about all the hardship and hurt’
Nearly 50 years since their only album was recorded, the group are achieving international acclaim thanks to a renewed interest in a music that speaks to something more than just a love of the Lord

Garth Cartwright

11, Nov, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Jazz star Charles Lloyd: ‘Miles Davis wanted all the girls and money’
He played gigs to a young Elvis, got high with the Grateful Dead and made an enemy in Miles Davis. And, at 83, the saxophonist who collided jazz and rock still has his spirit of adventure

Garth Cartwright

18, Nov, 2021 @3:39 PM

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Damon Locks – Black Monument Ensemble review – an eruption of groove-driven free jazz
EartH, London
Bringing the adventurous spirit of Chicago to the London jazz festival, Locks directs his group through black-caped dance – and they respond with an astonishing tumult of sound

Ammar Kalia

16, Nov, 2021 @1:10 PM

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From Ghetts to Genesis, Nick Cave to Arlo Parks: autumn 2021’s essential music
From Fontaines DC to the Valkyrie, a techno Halloween to Little Simz, this is the unmissable music of the next few months

Alexis Petridis, Ammar Kalia and Andrew Clements

25, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Shabaka Hutchings/Britten Sinfonia/Paterson review - tangible exhilaration
A leading light of London’s jazz scene gave an extraordinary demonstration of his clarinet expertise, adding nuance to Copland and Stravinsky

Erica Jeal

19, Nov, 2020 @1:15 PM

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'He'll make your head explode': sax stars on the genius and tragedy of Charlie Parker
He was nicknamed Bird and he soared in his music – if not in his life. For the centenary of the saxophonist who redefined jazz, today’s players reveal how his dizzying speed and spirituality changed their lives

Interviews by Kate Hutchinson

18, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Move with Mingus: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady hit the dance floor
Unable to fully stage their celebration of the classic 6os album, Clod Ensemble are inviting audiences to a listening party for London jazz festival

Lyndsey Winship

17, Nov, 2020 @2:06 PM

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John Cumming obituary
Founder of the London jazz festival who nurtured the careers of many musicians

Richard Williams

20, May, 2020 @11:44 AM

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Art Ensemble of Chicago review – still free and funky after 50 years
With septuagenarians flanked by young rising stars, this was a thrilling show of scalding soloing and imaginative improv

John Fordham

25, Nov, 2019 @11:19 AM

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Wormwood Scrubs blues: inside the gig mixing prisoners with the free
As part of London jazz festival, Rhiannon Giddens performed in the chapel at Wormwood Scrubs prison – supported by a choir of inmates

Nigel Williamson

22, Nov, 2019 @5:07 PM

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