If there’s one open air contemporary festival that has that famous Californian flower power vibe it’s got to be Coachella
London Jazz Festival
Packing quite a punch and produced by the aptly named production company Serious, the London Jazz Festival, running until November 18, is one of the heavyweights of the jazz world. With roots going back to the 1970s, the Festival can now boast some of the biggest names in the business, this year featuring Chick Corea (check out the video interview above), Paco De Lucia, Deedee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock and Esperanza Spalding.
Events are taking place across London from the Bull’s Head in Barnes to the Salisbury in Harringay as well as more famous venues like the Barbican, Hackney Empire, the South Bank Centre and of course the Smoke’s jazz grandaddy Ronnie Scots. Although London is not traditionally identified as a “jazz city” in the same breath as New York, Paris or Amsterdam, this is only because there has simply been so many other things going on – jazz has always been there, sure enough, be it in the basement clubs of Soho or on the big stage.
And as usual, the borders of jazz are porous, the festival featuring many musicians who combine a multitude of styles ranging from Swiss Sophie Hunger with her mix of folk, pop and blues to Harlem born Patti Austin who first went on stage at the Apollo Theatre age four and who has collaborated with the likes of Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and George Benson. Her godfather is Quincy Jones.
For tickets and more, go to www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk