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London Jazz Festival 2012

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Not tried much jazz? Try it now
The London Jazz Festival is one of the biggest of its kind in the world, and attracts the very best musicians from around the world. Make no mistake, top jazz musicians want to play at this festival.

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Jazz fans are spoilt for choice at this year's event, with more than 250 shows taking place at over 50 venues across the capital.

Notable stars among the distinguished line-up include the legendary American jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, now 82, performing at the Barbican. Herbie Hancock, Courtney Pine, and the David Murray Big Band with Macy Gray are also putting on shows this year. To check out the full line-up, click here for the festival's What's On webpage.

As always, the London Jazz Festival also offers lots of chances to get actively involved, a wonderful opportunity for both adults and children to participate and have fun.

This year there are a number of workshops for 11 to 16 year olds run by artists at the festival, giving youngsters a fantastic chance to learn about various instruments while developing their music-playing skills.

There's also the Big Sing, bringing together participants of all ages and abilities to explore different vocal styles while singing along to well-known jazz tracks.

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Jazz for Toddlers does what it says on the tin. Aimed at two to five year olds, these gatherings are an entertaining mix of music, song and dance, often enjoyed as much by the parents as the children. To find out more about other opportunities to get involved, click here.

If you've never really given jazz much attention and think you might like to give it a go, check out one of the festival's many free events and you never know, you might discover a whole new world.
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Why? A chance to chill in the heart of London.
When: 9th to 18th November, 2012.
Phone: 020 7324 1880
Where: Various venues, see website for details.
Cost: Various prices, see website for details (some free events too)
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