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London Jazz Festival 2008 Preview

Jazz  @The Barbican - Kicking off on the 14th November 2008
Jazz  @The Barbican - Kicking off on the 14th November 2008 MELODY GARDOT; At the Barbican on the 14th & 15th of November 2008 Carleen Anderson; At 'Jazz Voice' on the 14th of November 2008 Dennis Bovell; At the Theatre Royal Stratford on Sunday 16th of November 2008 Kurt Elling; Kurt Elling at Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 18th of November 2008 David McAlmont: 'A Little Communication' at the Jazz Cafe on Sunday the 16th of November Cleo Laine & John Dankworth;  Ronnie Scotts 19th - 22nd of November 2008 Courtney Pine Vincent Herring at Ronnie Scotts 13th - 15th of November

As you may or may not know - the London Jazz festival kicks off on Friday the 14th of November and straddles two Jazz packed weeks at a host of venues across London.

First off, and one of Jazz calendar's events of the year has to be the big festival opening party at the Barbican. The event is called 'Jazz Voice' and has a veritable who's who of the Jazz greats taking part. Also with an added promise of guest artists dropping in (Nigel Kennedy I hear will be one) on an already stella line-up. The event will Celebrate a century of song, and will feature MELODY GARDOT CARLEEN ANDERSON CHRISTINE TOBIN CLEVELAND WATKISS LIANE CARROLL MADELEINE BELL NATE JAMES. The musical director for the evening is none other than Guy Barker, so as I'm sure you'll agree it'll be one hell of a party!

If you don't fancy the opening night at the Barbican. Then toddle along to Ronnie Scotts for another superb night, in which Ronnie's will be broadcasting live to the nation - care of Jez Nelson's Jazz On BBC Radio 3 as the official launch venue of the annual London Jazz Festival.

Other festival highlights include Jazz's current darling Melody Gardot on the 15th performing songs from her critically acclaimed album ‘Worrisome Heart' and some new material from forthcoming album ‘My One And Only Thrill', to be released March 2009. Read our Melody Gardot Interview, a truly incredible story.

We return to Ronnie Scotts from the 13th - 15th Nov for one of jazz's most important and prolific voices Vincent Herring who has recorded over fourteen CDs as a leader, and over two hundred as a sideman will be performing with Earth Jazz Agents. This band has developed an original, contemporary sound which is an energetic blend of jazz, funk and soul. With Vincent Herring on saxophone, Anthony Wonsey on piano & keyboards, Richie Goods on electric & acoustic bass and Joris Dudli on drums.

Want something a little different this festival, then how about Dennis Bovell and the Dub Band. Britain's reggae maestro Dennis Bovell is producer, composer, re-mixer, bandleader - and the heaviest bassist in town, pumping out the deepest of body-shaking dub grooves. Sunday 16th November is the day and The venue is Theatre Royal Stratford East Win Tickets

Also on the 16th David McAlmont promises 'A Little Communication Live' @The Jazz Café. In 1998 when David McAlmont released ‘A Little Communication' it was hailed as a British Soul Classic. So for one performance only David takes us on an intimate journey, track by track of the album that was called An Unassuming Masterpiece and the best vocal performance of the year by various publications. We invisige tickets for this evening to sell-out, so I'd book now if I were you.
We revisit Ronnie Scotts for the not to be missed Christine Tobin - album launch on the 18th November. Tobin has been a firm favourite of the UK jazz scene for some time, and deservedly so - the singer has a real knack of drawing the listener into her world, with all of her own compositions and her interpretation of standards bearing her own distinctive mark. She picked up the 2008 BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalist, after several past nominations, and has toured the country and abroad winning fans and critical acclaim wherever she performs.

The day after (19th - 22nd) sees dynamic duo and jazz world favourites, who indeed need almost no introduction - Cleo Laine and John Dankworth playing in their home from home Ronnie Scotts... Laine remains one of the great jazz singers, coupled with Dankworth's repertoire of landmark big band suites and deftly arranged song cycles continues to expand and surprise. This one is defiantly not to be missed.


14th Nov - Joe Stilgoe at Ray's Jazz at Foyles 6.00pm
14th Nov - Jazz Voices at Barbican 7.30pm *
14th Nov - Jazz on 3 Show at Ronnie Scott's 10.30pm

15th - Mari Bone at Kings Place Hall One 7.30pm
15th - David Sanchez at Pizza Express 8.30pm
15th - Bugge Wesseltoft - Bugge's Room @Kings Pl Hall Two
15th - West End Jam At Ronnie's at Ronnie Scott's 10.30pm

16th - Esbjorn Svensson Memorial at Southbank /QE Hall, 2pm
16th - Richard Bona & Danilo Perez Trio at Barbican 7.30pm
16th - Richard Galliano & G. Rubalaba @Southbank QE HALL
16th - Soul Family at Ronnie Scott's 8pm
16th - David Sanchez Quartet at Pizza Express Jazz Club 8.30pm

17th - Chris Potter at Ronnie Scott's 7.15pm
17th - [em] + Z-U at Pizza Express Jazz Club 8.30pm
17th - West End Jam - Ronnie Scott's Bar @10.30pm

18th - Kurt Elling at Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm With Special Guest Bennie Maupin + Tony Kofi & Jonathan Gee
18th - Geoff Gascoyne at Octave 8pm
18th - West End Jam at Ronnie's at Ronnie Scott's Bar 10.30pm

19th - BBC Big Band with Special guests Roy Hargrove at Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm
19th - West End Jam at Ronnie's at Ronnie Scott's at 10.30pm

20th - PUNKT UK - Kings Place Halls One and Two 7.30pm
20th - Buika - Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm

20th - Gary Crosby's Nu Troop at Spice Of Life 8pm
20th - Get The Blessing at Vortex 8.45pm
20th - West End Jam at Ronnie's (Ronnie Scott's Bar) @10.30pm

21st - Joe Stilgoe at Octave 9pm
21st - West End Jam at Ronnie's (Ronnie Scott's Bar) @10.30pm

22nd - Tyler Rix at Vortex
22nd - Jeff Neve Trio at Pizza Express Jazz Club 8.30pm
22nd- West End Jam at Ronnie's (Ronnie Scott's Bar) @10.30pm

23rd - Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band with Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett & Vinnie Colaiuta 7.30pm
23rd - Andy Sheppard featuring Nguen Le - Melody Gainsborough at Southbank Centre/Purcell Room 7:45pm

The Barbican Ronnie Scotts Jazz Cafe Pizza Express Jazz Club Southbank Centre Vortex Spice Of Life Kings Place Ray's Jazz @Foyles Octave

Look out for Blues and Soul reviews from the 'Jazz Voice' opening night at the Barbican, Bill Frisell at the Barbican and David McAlmont at the Jazz cafe.

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