LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
| Festivals & Clubs news | 2004-10-12
London Jazz Festival 2004
12 November - 21 November 2004
Welcome to the 12th London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3.
In ten days there's a wealth of premieres, commissions, collaborations and new talent, along with a celebration of the jazz tradition. This year features a plethora of events dedicated to inspirational artists of the past - Jelly Roll Morton, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Sun Ra ' alongside some key figures that have shaped the course of jazz - Sam Rivers, Cecil Taylor, Tony Oxley, Bill Dixon, Anthony Braxton, Sunny Murray, the Ganelin Trio, Jack DeJohnette and Lennie Niehaus. Looking forward, the Festival concentrates on cutting edge talent from the global jazz scene. Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd and Enrico Pieranunzi play their first UK gigs; plus new projects from Matthew Bourne, Nitin Sawhney & Britten Sinfonia, Carla Bley, the Future Sounds of Jazz, Dhafer Yousef, Matthew Herbert, F-IRE and Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield & Larry Goldings.
A mass of new work and collaborations can be heard in the clubs and extensive PizzaExpress FreeStage programme. The Festival also strikes out to new venues, with the Wigmore Hall, the Arts Depot, The Royal Academy of Arts and Wapping Project included for the first time.
As well as dozens of concerts across some of London's major concert halls, the Festival celebrates the clubs and independent producers that keep the flame burning year round. Jamie Cullum certainly hasn't forgotten the importance of the clubs where he started. Last year's massively sold out Royal Festival Hall concert lit the blue touch paper on a stellar career, but for the Festival he's returning to his roots, playing the jazz clubs where he cut his musical teeth.
There is also a mass of activity in the Festival behind the concert listings. Thousands of young people will be touched by the EDF New Audiences scheme. This year it expands to take in a French connection with workshops in Paris and London as part of the Entente Cordiale celebrations. There'll also be vocal workshops and, building on last year's success, The Write Stuff, a writing project which brings together aspiring writers and professional journalists.
As ever, this Festival and all its wide ranging activities would not happen without our funders and sponsors, and the active support of BBC Radio 3, who broadcast many of the concerts on the radio and online, making it a truly international event.
12 - 21 November 2004
12-Nov-04: Gwyneth Herbert and support - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
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