London’s Jazz: It’s Super Thursday, 20th May

I’ve nothing against the Kultorvet in Copenhagen (above), but sometimes one just feels lucky to be in London.

Because the choices available to the music-curious or the jazz-obsessed are completely mind-boggling.

There is so much music going on in town this Thursday May 20th, it feels like the hazards of programming have bequeathed us a completely accidental one-night festival.

Take your pick. And for readers outside London, I’m bitterly sorry: you’d better just look away now. Or move here.


*In the fabulous acoustics of Kings Place, there is the ECM-recorded, Grammy-nominated, winner of the (serious money) 2009 Skoda Jazzahead Award, the first lady of European jazz singers herself, Norma Winstone with Glauco Venier at the piano. She’s singing in the clip above.

*At LSO St Luke’s there’s the “great performer,” with five gold records, three Grammy’s and 80 albums…welcome to London, Ramsey Lewis. [UPDATE: this gig has been cancelled. Volcanic ash problems with flights]

*Then at the Pizza Express it’s the second night of a two night residency by the very great Lee Konitz. He’ll be going on till late…Catch his second set perhaps??? (See my interview with him from last week)

*Sandy Burnett has the Southbank Sinfonia and Guildhall School forces out performing Ellington in the early evening (6pm at St John’s Waterloo). Details HERE

*Then at St James Piccadilly there is Italian pianist Gabriele Faja‘s re-creation of Kind of Blue

*Or at the Spice of Life in Soho, the focus of the Tomorrow’s Warriors Showcase is on the compositions of young pianist Peter Edwards, with Saleem Raman, drums and bassist Nick Walsh

*At the 606 it’s funk/rnb vocals from Dave Lewis and Noel McCalla

*At Ronnie’s there’s drum legend Roy Haynes, and a chance to hear much-talked-about saxophonist Jaleel Shaw

*At the Vortex try continent-hopping without leaving N16: Anglo Filipino-vocalist Mishka Adams is with her band and a guest from Argentina

*At the Bulls Head, Ministry of Sound drummer Steve Taylor has his Big Band

So, listen to the call, get out and enjoy a gig…Something is already telling me we’ve missed something?: send in a comment or an e-mail.

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