“What we bring is energy” is the first line of Festival Director Alex Wilson’s description of the third annual London Latin Jazz Festival, at Pizza Express in Dean Street from 29th Sep to 3rd Oct. What the festival will also bring is the opportunity to confirm the theory – or to discuss if you want to take longer over it – that London’s Latin jazz music scene is now just as distinctive and individual and varied as New York’s, or Havana’s…The festival website has a full page of VIDEOS.
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Tuesday 29th September Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project
Rising star Cuban vocalist/pianist/bandleader, Eliane Correa continues to blaze through with her fiery path, driving the scene forward with the launch of her new En El Aire CD, tipped by Gilles Peterson as one of the freshest new sounds to come out of Havana.
Wednesday 30th September J-Sonics
Emerging from the London groove-jazz scene, J-Sonics are about to launch their debut album with tracks straddling Brazilian, Afrobeat and funk and will feature the dazzling Spanish vocalist Grace Rodson.
Thursday 1st October Afro-Cuban Gospel Project with Alex Wilson & Nicky Brown
Alex Wilson presents gospel maestro Nicky Brown and his group of singers for a premiere of our new Afro-Cuban Gospel Project … latin fire with gospel vocal power, a potent mix for the night!
Friday 2nd October Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Cafe
Colombian Dorance Lorza is one of the London pioneers of the latin-combo sound and he brings his compelling “salsa con vibes” latin jazz sound to the festival.
Saturday 3rd October (two shows) – Omar Puente ‘Havana Class 86’ (early show)
Omar Puente ‘Havana Class 86’ (late show)
Cuban violin virtuoso Omar Puente brings in Grammy-winning flautist Oriente Lopez and Felipe Cabrera –
LINK: London Latin Jazz Fest Website