London Jazz Festival celebrates 20th year

The world famous London Jazz Festival is celebrating its 20th year next month.

First held as part of the Camden Festival, the event has been operating independently since 1992 and has quickly developed into one of the world's key jazz festivals. Over the course of ten days, more than 50 venues will be involved and there will be in excess of 250 different shows.

The 2012 London Jazz Festival begins on November 8th and is a must for jazz fans staying in central London hotels next month.

Many of the headline acts are established names and include Herbie Hancock, who will play his first ever solo set in the UK and 82-year-old Sonny Rollings is also performing as part of the event.

Festival director John Cumming told the Guardian that this year's programme successfully manages to include "many of jazz's key movers and shakers from the last 50 years with charismatic new faces, alongside an exceptionally strong European programme".

The new and emerging acts will include shows by the British musician Ben Cottrell. One of the highlights is also a special event that includes a number of commissioned performances from New European jazz musicians.

Venues involved in the festival include the Royal Academy of Arts, the Southbank Centre, the Royal Opera House and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

The club in London's Soho area is a must for jazz and music fans and has welcomed a number of performers during its long history including Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison, Curtis Mayfield and Chet Baker.

Tickets for the shows can be purchased from the London Jazz Festival website.

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