It's going to be a super-cool ten days in the capital this November as the London Jazz Festival 2009 is all set to descend upon it for a host of great shows by some of the top names around today in the world of jazz.
The show, which is running in association with BBC Radio 3 starts off on November 13th, and will host such greats as former Miles Davis sessionist John Scofield, multiple Grammy award-winner Marcus Miller (who will be re-working his classic 1986 collaboration with Miles Davis, 'Tutu') and saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins. As well as that the lovely Philadelphia-born jazz newcomer Melody Gardot will be performing. She turned to music as therapy after a horrific accident in 2003 and her progression from near death to notable member of the modern Jazz world is truly inspirational. MacArthur genius grant-winner Regina Carter will be delighting us with her jazz violin magic and other acts such as famous Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and Puerto Rican saxophonist/ flautist Miguel Zenon will appear over the course of the festival at classic venues including Ronnie Scott's, The Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and Soho's Jazz@Pizza Express.
With possibly more artists to be announced this highly anticipated festival can definitely sit proudly along Montreux and Newport as one of the best Jazz Festivals in the world. Tickets vary in price but the quality is all pretty high so check the links below for info for whatever act you fancy. And if you do go, try not to do 'jazz hands'... leave that for Chicago.