Experience the London Jazz Festival this Autumn
As one of the most diverse cities in the world; London embraces all of the various cultures, tastes and influences from around the world, and music is no different. From the 16th November, the London Jazz Festival will be the home to some of the best and biggest names on the jazz scene, as well as introducing new talent on a big stage.
For 10 days, some of the most well-known jazz artists will descend on some of the most iconic venues in London; The Barbican, The Southbank centre, Ronnie Scott’s, plus our neighbours at Cadogan Hall. From its beginnings in the early 70s in its former guise, the Camden Jazz week; the London Jazz Festival has been lauded for its accessibility to those less familiar with the genre and for bringing back its faithful following year after year.
As a 10-day festival with a wide range of acts and free events, picking out particular highlights is difficult, but below, we’ve outlined some of our highlights:
Jazz Voice – The opening highlight of the festival sees some huge names from the jazz and wider music scene join Guy Barker’s 42 piece orchestra in a celebratory opening. Lisa Stansfield, Mariza, Lea Delaria to name a few, will be part of the 2.5 hour show that is set to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. This is set to be an exciting and hotly anticipated opening to the festival and the perfect way to kick things off at the South Bank Centre.
Jazz for Toddlers – Indicative of the inclusive nature of the London Jazz Festival, this session is for 2-5 year olds, allowing them to participate in activities that introduce them to jazz music and allows parents who enjoy the genre to include their children in the festivities. The event takes place on Friday 16th and Friday 23rd of November and will no doubt be extremely popular.
Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – A staple to numerous 80s and 90s films, Jeff Goldblum is an extremely talented jazz pianist and has been performing with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, for years. As an eccentric but relaxed individual, Goldblum brings effortless charm and his ability to hold an audience to all of his shows and his appearance at The London Jazz Festival is sure to be no different. Goldblum and his band will be playing on Saturday 17th November at both 15:00 and 19:30 at Cadogan Hall, only a few minutes from The Draycott Hotel.
To view the full schedule of events and list of artists, visit the dedicated page.
So if you’re visiting the capital for the festival with your family, friends or on your own, and need somewhere to stay, or relax for afternoon tea in between performances, view the rooms and suites available, or our Autumn Afternoon tea at The Draycott Hotel.