Fanfare for the London Jazz Festival on Radio 3
When you think of jazz venues, you may not immediately think of the Houses of Parliament.However in the last few years there has been an annual event there, hosted by the Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group called Jazz in the House.
It is a reception which honours the London Jazz Festival and takes place in the Terrace Pavilion in the House of Commons. It is attended by the jazz lovers of both houses and always attracts a large turnout of MPs and peers as well as the wider jazz community.
The London Jazz Festival begins this Friday evening and the main opening event is called Jazz Voice. It's at the Barbican and you'll be able to hear it on Performance on 3 on Tuesday evening (17th). It focuses on a century of song and the sumptuously arranged programme draws on significant anniversaries of jazz songs, films, singers and songwriters down the decades. Guy Barker's specially assembled London Jazz Festival Orchestra showcases brand new arrangements with an array of wonderful singers. At 'The House' event last night Guy Barker played and one of the soloists, Natalie Williams, sang as a taster of the evening - it promises to be very special indeed.
I talked to Cleveland Watkiss and he then went over to Guy and the other musicians and sang as well - and so gave us an additional preview - this time of his event within the festival - amazing that it is his 50th birthday party - he looks good on it and sounds in great form. Another date for the diary.
So we've left Berlin behind on Radio 3 and now move to London for great jazz - just a few days in the life of the station!
- The picture, by Philip Tottenham, shows Natalie Williams, who will be performing at the Jazz Voice concert at the Barbican on 13 November.
- This is a link to Radio 3's London Jazz Festival page.
- You can down load a pdf file containing the entire LJF programme by clicking this link.