In the early 1900s, a new musical genre emerged from the city of New Orleans and changed the face of music altogether.
With its origins in a blend of the blues, folk and ragtime, jazz is known for its stylized improvisations and creative, rhythmic sound.
Musicians like Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald inspired a new world of sound, filled with raspy, unique vocals and swinging instrumentals.
In order to celebrate the world of jazz and maybe throw a few wiggling hands in the air, the city of London is putting together a ten-day extravaganza, full of jazz music, culture and dance.
Evolving from its original placement as part of the Camden Festival in the 1970s, the festival is now London’s largest city-wide music festival.
A vast collection of artists will be present, including the well-renowned Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins.
Workshops will be held by Chris Sharkey and Pete Churchill and there will even be fun for the little ones as Marilyn Mazur will hold a ‘Jazz for Kids’ session and Raymond McDonald will host, ‘Jazz for Toddlers.’
Innovative takes on the music will also take place as Dave Douglas and Gary Lucas plan a Frankstein and Dracula themed collaboration of film and live music. Another highlight will be Andy Shepard’s performance alongside Ivan Vautier, who will prepare a gourmet meal.
For a complete list of Jazz Festival events, please visit http://www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk/.