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Catching up with the news (3) London Jazz Festival and other gigs

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1) Jazz in London for August is out. It’s twelve A5 pages, there’s plenty going on with full programmes at Ronnie’s, the Vortex, the Pizza Express in Dean Street, the 606 and the Bull’s Head.

The recommended list will get filled in later… but I do notice ….

  • A new entrant – Mainstream jazz on the first Monday of each month at the Corus Hotel in Lancaster Gate. The music is £15. Gets you a two course buffet dinner. First up is Robert Fowler with Roy Williams and John Pearce. (I’ll be going to hear Gareth Lockrane at Ronnie’s that night.)
  • Every Sunday at the bandstand in Regent’s Park (above). It’s programmed by the 606.
  • A few dates for impressive Italian tenor player Renato D’Aiello
  • A really interesting band at the Watermill in Dorking led by percussionist Asaf Sirkis, with Kit Downes, Mark Lockhart and Mike Outram.

The final end-of-era gig is this Wednesday 29th July. The south-west London collective announce that from mid-September they’ll be downstairs at the Orange Tree pub opposite Richmond station on Wednesdays.

3) The London Jazz Festival is taking shape. Here’s what’s announced so far.

Fri 13th Nov -Jazz Voice (Celebrating a Century of Song/ Barbican
– John Scofield’s Piety/QEH
-Astillero (tango band from Buenos Aires)/ Purcell Room

Sat 14th Nov Tomasz Stanko / QEH
Roberto Fonseca (Cuba) / Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde Islands) RFH
Sunday 15th Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White plus Bela Fleck (two shows)/ Barbican
Mon 16th Nov Branford Marsalis plus Robert Mitchell/QEH
Tue 17 Nov -Carla Bley plus Julian Siegel / QEH
Wed 18 Nov John Surman Celebrates 65 Yrs with John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette & Drew Gress
Wedn 18 Nov – Sat 21 Nov Stefano Bollani residency/ King’s Place
Thursday 19 Nov Bill Frisell and the BBC Symphony Orch/ Barbican
Gilberto Gil/ RFH
Cleveland Watkiss celebrates his 50th/ QEH
Friday 20 Nov Madeleine Peyroux / Royal Festival Hall
Dave Holland/ Chris Potter/ QEH
Alan Barnes: Five Takes on Benny Goodman/Purcell Room

Sat 21 Nov Cleo Laine, John Dankworth / Royal Festival Hall
Tord Gustavsen Ensemble plus Jason Yarde/Andrew McCormack /QEH
Mike Maran: A Funny Valentine – (Chet Baker show)/ Purcell Room
Sunday 22 Nov Marcus Miller-Music of Miles Davis/ Barbican

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