Fans of swing music staying at luxury London hotels are in for a treat in the coming weeks, as the London Jazz Festival is due back in town.
The festival kicks off on Friday November 11th and runs until Sunday the 20th, giving visitors to the city a whole week’s worth of jazz, be-bop and swing performances to choose from.
Now in its 19th year, the festival sees the world’s finest jazz artists take up residence in 50 different venues across the city – from the grandest concert hall, to the tiniest dive bar.
There are nearly 300 concerts scheduled to take place over the week featuring some of jazz’s legends and founding fathers as well as some of today’s brightest new talent.
Acts appearing throughout the festival include The Humphrey Lyttelton Band, Stan Tracey, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Soul Rebels Brass Band and many more.
The festival will be rounded off at the London Festival Hall by a rare performance from visionary saxophonist Ornettte Coleman.
Those who yearn for the sound of the classic jazz standard can relive the music of Dave Brubeck as his three sons, all accomplished jazz musicians, lead a musical tribute to their father at Ronnie Scott’s.
The festival will also host the premier screening of a new silent movie that tells the life story of celebrated trumpet player Louis Armstrong.
And if the music isn’t enough to satisfy your jazz appetite, then there are also a series of workshops that allow fans of all ages to meet and interact with musicians performing at the festival.
It’s a hugely popular event and tickets often sell out fast for the big name shows, so be sure to decide what you want to see and get booking.