Soho.Live Jazz Week – September 15 – 17 – News, reviews, reports and commentary from the London jazz scene and beyond


10 venues in Soho, over 100 jazz artists and 17 shows: Soho.Live Jazz Week returns on September 15, writes Izzy Blankfield

This year’s lineup for Soho.Live Jazz Week (see full list below) sees a slew of familiar names sharing the stage with a new wave of jazz stars. As Nathan Britton explained to us:

“Our idea is to take an eclectic approach to London’s jazz scene and jam culture. We love the new, but also appreciate the heritage and those who defend it ”,

Venues include Balans, The Piano Bar Soho, and The Spice of Life, as well as some of Soho’s exclusive member clubs including Jack Solomons Club and Martinez.

The festival opens with the JMT Modern Jazz Trio, led by talented drummer Jamie Murray. The same evening will see a moving performance by South London jazz talent Anjelo Disons and The Oracle and a virtuoso performance by the Nick Costley-White Trio.

The second night will feature performances by Soho Live Music Director and Pianist Nathan Britton and 2019 Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year Cherise, as well as a Cocktail Swing night with singer Riketté Genesis. On Friday the festival is rounded off by the legendary Mo Pleasure and his new band, as well as an impromptu performance by Alex Webb’s Blue Quintet, who are joined by tenor saxophonist Denys Baptiste for a celebration of the 50s and 60s.

One of the highlights of the festival will undoubtedly be the exclusive cinematographic premiere of Ronnie Scott and his world famous jazz club, a tribute to the jazz legend with the director Olivier Murray. In addition to the busy schedule of paid events, the festival will also host three free events: AI don’t behave badly with Liam stevens, One night in Havana with Cuban violinist and conductor Omar Puente and Cheeky chops with James Browne.

Official programming

Soho.Live website



Wednesday September 15th

Modern jazz trio JMT

6:30 p.m. – Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St.

Omar Puente: A night in Havana

7 p.m. – Balans Soho No. 60, Old Compton St.

Portrait of Bud Powell with Andrea Rinciari

7 p.m. – Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St.

Nick Costley-White Trio

8 p.m. – Spice of Life, Moor St.

Anjelo Let’s say and the Oracle

9 p.m. – Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St.

Thursday September 16

Cheeky Chops with James Browne

6.30 p.m. – The Green Bar, Hôtel Café Royal, Regent St.

Soho Live All Stars feat. Eerf Evil

6:30 p.m. – Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St.

Swing Cocktail with Riketté Genesis

7 p.m. – Martinez, Greek Street.


8 p.m. – Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St.

Kings of bebop with Andy Davies

9 p.m. – Jack Solomons Club, Great Windmill St.

Friday September 17th

Ain’t Misbehavin with Liam Stevens

6.30 p.m. – The Green Bar, Hôtel Café Royal, Regent St.

The art of the trio

6:30 p.m. – Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St.

Ronnie Scott and his World Famous Jazz Club (premiere of the musical documentary film with directors’ reception)

6.30 p.m. – The Soho Hotel, Richmond Mews

Mo Pleasure Band

7 p.m. – Sanctum Soho, Warwick St.

Pure imagination with Kitty LaRoar

8 p.m. – Century Club, Shaftesbury Avenue

Aydenne Simone and the Big Mama trio

8 p.m. – Piano Bar Soho, Carlisle St.

Quintet Blue with Denys Baptiste

9 p.m. – Sanctum Soho, Warwick St.

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