Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES All That Jazz

Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES All That Jazz

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What London can give jazz music - beyond an audience in its concert halls - is a setting to match the mu sic's d iver sity. The city o f fer s acce s s , cu ltu ra l ly, to what i s European, American, African and more . And so it i s w ith the London Jazz Festival (9-18 November), who se exten sive prog ramme i s significant both for its cultural mix and for its line-up of jazz's greatest living musicians.

2012 marks the festival's 17th outing, with over 250 concerts, 40 hours of which are to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Per formers will include the legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins (16 November, Barbican), who recorded with Miles Davis before he was 20. Now aged 82, Rollins is passing through London on a seven-date European tour. Acoustic pianist Chick Corea (above) - one o f the mo st prominent jazz musicians of the past 50 years - takes the stage with drummer Brian Blade and bassist Christian McBride (17 November, Barbican). …

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