This year, the London Jazz Festival celebrates its 21st birthday. Since its establishment, this festival has come to be known as one of the best jazz festivals in the world. It is also London’s largest citywide music festival. This year’s schedule includes world-renowned performers and new emerging artists, all at great venues across the city. Here’s a little taste of what to expect at the 2013 London Jazz Festival, which runs this year from November 15 to 24.
What the Festival is All About
While the London Jazz Festival only comes to town once a year, the goal of the festival is to showcase artists and venues that put on great shows day in and day out throughout the year. Many of the venues used for the festival are jazz clubs in London that offer weekly live music throughout the year, and many of the artists are hardworking performers who make their living on the road playing at clubs and restaurants around the world. On top of that, the festival also showcases some world-renowned performers in some of London’s largest and best-known stages, such as the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall.
A Taste of Every Style
One of the main highlights of the London Jazz Festival is the diversity of performances offered. There is a taste of virtually every jazz genre and performance style at this year’s festival – from bop classics to modern crossover acts; from big bands to small ensembles. For those who love to learning as well as music, the festival also presents talks and film screenings profiling different jazz artists and styles.
Top Performers From Around the World
This year’s festival features some big-name international touring acts including Patty Griffin, Medeski Martin & Wood, Wayne Shorter, Madeleine Peyroux, and Hugh Masekela. One of the festival’s big draws, however, will not be appearing in 2013. Earlier this year, the London Jazz Festival announced that saxophone legend Sonny Rollins would be cancelling his 2013 London performance due to health problems. Minus this one jazz great, however, the festival still presents a promising line-up of jazz stars.
A Place for New Discoveries
Another great feature of the London Jazz Festival is that it is a great place to discover new up-and-coming artists. Serious Productions, the festival’s curators, are focused on bringing some of the world’s best emerging artists to light. That means that throughout the weeks of the festival, visitors have the chance to explore small venues throughout the city showcasing these new artists. This is a great way to find new talent and keep up with the latest developments in the jazz world.
The 2013 London Jazz Festival is sure to offer an experience full of diversity, excitement, and entertainment. With over two dozen performances every day during the festival, there will surely be plenty to take in. Since there’s no way to take in that much jazz in ten days, you might as well start making plans to come back in 2014 as well.