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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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Back in the 1970s, Camden brought Jazz to the borough, with an annual week long festival. The Camden Jazz Festival lasted many years, but by the 1990s had all but disappeared. The London Arts Council wanted to bring Jazz back, not just to Camden, but to the whole capital, so in 1992 the London Jazz Festival was established. Featuring both British and international musicians, it is a key cultural event. In the past, it has seen performances from the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, George Russell, Cecil Taylor, The Monk Liberation Front, and more.

This year's festival runs between 14th - 23rd November, with tickets costing between £9.50-£35. Shows will take place at various locations, such as the iconic Southbank Centre, Barbican Centre, Kings Place, and Carnegie Hall.

Jazz Voice, the opening night gala will be conducted by Guy Barker. Alternatively you could spend an evening with the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

The event will conclude with piano concertos by Chucho Valdés, who adds an interesting flavour to the notes by taking elements from his Cuban roots.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 14th - 23rd Nov
Phone: 44 (0)20 7324 1880
Where: Around London
Cost: £9.50 - £35
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