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London Jazz Festival

London Jazz Festival

From 11/11/2011 to 20/11/2011

London's annual celebration of jazz is back in the huge international city that is London. Following last year's successful French Focus, the London Jazz Festival, in partnership with The French Music Office, Institut Francais and Sacem have picked up where they left off with a stunning new line up of 16 fresh French artists for the 2011 edition.

Ben L'Oncle Soul
Sat 12th of November
Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8 XX
Doors: 7.30pm

The French heir of motown which you may have caught on Later... With Jools Holland on the 18th of October. With a self titled debut album 'Ben L'Oncle Soul' out on Wrasse Records in July, this artist is set to take the UK by storm.


Scene France
Sunday 13th November Southbank Centre / Clore Ballroom
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Doors open: 4.00pm

The surreal and anarchic playfulness of piano/drums duo Donkey Monkey along with the punky Balkanesqye accordion, drums and baritone sax-driven tunes of Melosolex will constitute the free French stage on the 13th.

Michel Portal
Monday 14th of November
Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8 XX
Doors open: 7.30pm

One of the key architects of European jazz since the 1960s will be presenting a stellar new group that draws together a heavy weight young band from across 3 continents.


Stefano Bollani & Martial Solal
Wednesday 16th of November
Barbican Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Doors open: 7.30pm

A powerful double bill of two contrasting modern jazz piano stylists, a breathtaking duet which promises a profusion of creative ideas.


Guillaume Perret
Wednesday 16th of November
LONDON C.A.M.P 70-74 City Rd,
London EC1Y 2BJ
Doors open: 9.00pm

The innovative saxophone player will bring his unique sound effects to C.A.M.P. taking us into a world of surprising and unclassifiable music.


Collectif Coax
Saturday 19th of November
Vortex 11 Gillett Square,
London N16 8AZ
Doors open: 8.30pm

IRèNE: IRèNE’s compositions and concerts are comparable to a cinematic drama, mixing contemporary experimental jazz with alt rock and electronic music. IRèNE also just recently won the extremely prestigious National Jazz competition at La Défense (best band & best composition).
Metal-O-Phone: Founding member of the COAX Collective, MeTal-O-PHoNe take jazz, gamelan, rock, improvised and repetitive music for inspiration. If Steve Reich joined Battles this is probably what it would sound like.
Pipeline: A laid back melancholic take on the New York downtown scene.

Richard Galliano
Thursday 17th November
Southbank Centre / Royal Festival
Hall Belvedere Road,
London SE1 8XX Doors
open: 7.30pm

The world renowned accordionist his La Strada Quintet will pay tribute to revered film composer, Nino Rota, whose iconic scores include Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and 8½ and Coppola’s The Godfather.

China Moses
Thursday 17th November
Southbank Centre / Purcell Room
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Doors open: 7.45pm

The star vocalist will be performing in Jazz At Cafe Society, a thrilling musical evocation of New York in the 1940s.

Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra
Saturday 19th of November
Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Doors open: 7.30pm

The legendary film director along with The No Smoking Orchestra will bring a wild collision of gypsy, punk and rock music from the Balkans.


Pascal Schumacher
Saturday 19th of November
LONDON Pizza Express Jazz Club
Dean Street, London W1D 3RW
Doors open: 9.00pm

Joining Jef Neve for the occasion, the vibraphone player with his unique aptitude and sensitivity promises to perform a dazzling duet.


Sunday 20th of November
London Baltic Restaurant
74 Blackfriars rd SE1 8HA
Doors open: 7.30pm

In search of a modern folklore, the trio mixes phrasings from the tradition with the most contemporary concepts in jazz. Their musical world is original, groovy and … quite crazy!

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