Tickets for the London Jazz Festival are on sale and Ronnie Scott’s reopens
One of London’s best known and beloved concert halls, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, has reopened. If, like me, you like the sound of skronking saxophones and phrases like “modal-flavored post-bop”, that will be great news.
Obviously, live music in clubs isn’t everyone’s cup of tea yet, so Ronnie Scott’s is hosting a series of live pay-per-view concerts (with limited attendance) until they can open. properly their doors to the public. In collaboration with DICE.FM, the series will include affordable concerts featuring top jazz, soul and Afrobeat.
Vanessa Haynes kicks off on May 22 with a setlist of songs made famous by soul queen Aretha Franklin. Then a week later it is the turn of the godfather of the Ghanaian Afrobeat Teddy Osei who will perform with his group Osibisa. You can read the rest of the series here.
Like a John Coltrane solo at the end of the period, jazz keeps coming. Taking place between November 12 and 21, the EFG London Jazz Festival is going on sale this Friday (May 21) at 10 a.m. Many big names perform at multiple venues including the Royal Festival Hall, King’s Place, Union Chapel, and Jazz Cafe.
Right off the bat, we spotted modern metronomical improv trio The Necks, trumpeter / songwriter Jaimie Branch, and multidisciplinary and multi-talented genius Tyshawn Sorey. These would be our picks so far, but more names will be announced in June, so stay tuned.
Tickets for the Ronnie Scott streaming series start from £ 11.30. The full London Jazz Festival lineup can be viewed here. Tickets are on sale today
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