Blues Fest London starts on Monday. A quick guide

-Suddenly, it’s all happening. The first Bluesfest London consists, as of today, of THIRTY-NINE gigs at EIGHT venues, and it starts this Monday 27th.

-The big venues are the Royal Albert Hall (with BB King on Monday 27th – sold out), and Liza Minelli on Wednesday) , and the Royal Festival Hall (Al Jarreau, next Sunday July 3rd)

– Bluesfest London marks the arrival on the London scene of a gem of a new venue which very few people know about yet- we visited it – underneath Chelsea Football Club  – called Under the Bridge. See the ad on the left hand column.

– In addition to BB King, other gigs which we are aware are sold out are: Ian Shaw’s Pizza Express gig on Tuesday, and Jamie Cullum at Under the Bridge, and Dr John
-Check out some great jazz names:  Annie Ross at Pizza Express, Monty Alexander or Roy Hargrove at the Union Chapel.

-One previously advertised gig has been pulled: Bucky Pizzarelli at Pizza Express Dean Street on Monday, but he’s replaced by a Strictly Come Dancing band special: Tommy Blaize and Dave Arch

Monday 27th June
Georgie Fame                            Bush Hall
Incognito                                   Under The Bridge
Monty Alexander                        Union Chapel
Echoes of Ellington Big Band        100 Club

Tuesday 28th June
B.B. King                                   Royal Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)
The Blind Boys of Alabama         Under The Bridge
Marcus Bonfanti                         Bush Hall
Roy Hargrove                            Union Chapel
Ian Shaw                                   Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho (SOLD OUT)
Paul Jones & Friends                  Jazz Cafe

Wednesday 29th June
Mike Sanchez & His Band            Bush Hall
Jon Cleary                                 Jazz Café
Get The Blessing                        100 Club
Tony Smith Live at BluesFest      Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho
Al Di Meola                                Union Chapel
Liza Minnelli                               Royal Albert Hall
Jamie Cullum                             Under the Bridge (SOLD OUT)

Thursday 30th June
Buddy Greco                              Bush Hall
Booker T                                   Under The Bridge
Martin Taylor                             100 Club
Tony Smith                                Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho
Hayley Sanderson’s Rhythm and Blues Revue       Jazz Cafe
Kirk Whalum                              Union Chapel

Friday 1st July
Chris Barber                              100 Club
Dr. John And The Lower 911       Under The Bridge (SOLD OUT)
Scott Hamilton & Harry Allen       Bush Hall
Annie Ross                                Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho
Sandi Thom (support from Scoundrels) Jazz Café
Kirk Whalum                              Union Chapel

Saturday 2nd July
Ray Gelato – The Homecoming Show       Bush Hall
Annie Ross                                              Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue        Under The Bridge
Ramsey Lewis – The Sun Goddess Tour   Union Chapel
The Quireboys                                       100 Club

Sunday 3rd July
Max Weinberg Experience           Under The Bridge
Annie Ross                                Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho
Dr. Feelgood                              100 Club
Al Jarreau                                  Royal Festival Hall

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  1. Can't stress enough how special the Blind Boys of Alabama gig will be on Tuesday. I would be there if I wasn't off to see BB King. Go!!!!

  2. False alarm…tickets still available for Monty Alexander, Al Di Meola, & Roy Hargrove atthe stunning Union Chapel, just come down and pay on the door…..Bluesfest…..

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