As you're reading this, the summer festival season may be drawing an end, but the autumn has got some more super-decent live music up its sleeve. The eighteenth London Jazz festival, which will take place from 12th to 21st November boasts an all-star line-up.
France-based revered drummer Manu Katché, who has worked with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sting, Tears for Fears and Joni Mitchell, will open the festivities on the 12th at the Queen Elisabeth Hall along with Itlalian jazz pianist Eric Legnini.
On the 13th and 14th, pianist/keyboardist extraordinaire, Herbie Hancock, will take to the Royal Festival Hall, to perform his latest album, 'The Imagine Project'.Also on the 13th, British saxophonist, Andy Sheppard will be jazzing it up at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, backed by percussionist Kuljit Bamhra, "electronician" Eivind Aarset and bassist Arild Andersen.
On the 15th, The Southbank's Purcell Room will host some young blood in pianist Yaron Herman and the Hungarian outfit Budapest Bar. Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers bring some Africa-tinged notes and rhythms to the Barbican on the 18th, supported by Franco-Lebanese trumpeter, Ibrahim Maalouf, who will introduce his fusion of jazz and Arabic music.
The London Sinfonietta, led by experimental English electronica wizard and microhouse pioneer, Matthew Herbert, will take over the Barbican on the 20th.
The festival will climax in the presence of lengendary French chanteuse, Juliette Gréco (whose brief romance and musical partnership with Serge Gainsboug, is currently showing in the man's onscreen biopic, 'Gainsbourg'), at the Royal Festival Hall on 21st November.
21st November might be dilemma day for some as aside of Greco's performance, the Barbican will host Afro-Cubism with a to-die-for line-up hailing from Cuba and Mali, comprising the mighty Bassekou Kouyate and Toumani Diabate, alongside Eliades Ochoa, Djelimady Tounkara and Kasse Mady Diabate.
Other heavyweights to grace the festival include Guy Barker, Brad Mehldau, Paolo Conte, Cleo Laine, Paco de Lucia, Sonny Rollins, Soweto Kinch and Terence Blanchard.
Tickets, on sale now, ranging from £10 to £45, depending on the performance - full programme below. It's a tough choice, indeed to pick just one, but one month from Chritsmas by then, maybe worth a multiple treat!