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LJF Launches Today

The London Jazz Festival launches today. ‘May God bless her and all who sail in her.’ Here, with a sincere note of thanks to all of the people who have contributed them, and others who have helped with our advance coverage, here are our updates and previews. It’s not complete, but it is certainly intensive. As with the festival, there’s plenty to choose from, just take your pick:

Sold-out and nearly sold-out gigs (as at November 11th)

Kings Place photography exhibition

Preview (1) Robert Glasper

Preview (2) Gretchen Parlato by Sarah Ellen Hughes
(according to Gretchen Parlato’s Twitter, she’ll be supporting Esperanza Spalding too)

Preview (3) Soweto Kinch by Thomas Gray

Preview (4) Martial Solal by Geoffrey Winston

Preview (5) Vocal Summit by Sarah Ellen Hughes

Preview (6) Kate Williams by Lisa Gee

Preview (7) Learning and Participation by Sarah Ellen Hughes

Preview (8) Anthony Strong by Sarah Ellen Hughes

Preview (9) Strayhorn the Songwriter by Alex Webb

Preview (10) Robert Mitchell’s Panacea by Sarah Ellen Hughes

Preview (11) Free Edition Records Showcase by Tim Dickeson

Preview (12) The Bad Plus/ Django Bates my interview with Reid Anderson

Preview (13) Gary Lucas/ Dracula Lisa Gee’s interview

Preview (14) Paco De Lucia by Andrew McCormack

Preview (15) Artists linked to the Babel Label by Oliver Weindling

Preview (16)MY DUO by Fran Hardcastle

Preview (17) Peter Slavid’s choices

Preview (18) Pascal Schumacher by Thomas Gray

An interview with Ute Lemper will go up later today. The interviewer is still savouring the moment when she sang a couple of his favourite Kurt Weill songs down the phone. Aw.

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