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To open 2012's London Jazz Festival, a celebration of great songs of the past ten decades, sung by leading voices of today. Guy Barker conducts the London Jazz Festival Orchestra.

Live from the Barbican

Presented by Andrew McGregor

London's annual autumn jazz jamboree starts with its signature opening-night gala. John Sessions hosts Jazz Voice, a celebration of some of the great songs of the past ten decades, sung by some of the great voices of today. In this year's line-up are Irish jazz star Imelda May, Grammy Award-winning New Yorker Patti Austin, diamond divas of British jazz Juliet Roberts, Claire Martin and Gwyneth Herbert, Basement Jaxx vocalist Brendan Reilly, stunning new voice Natalie Duncan, and R&B veteran Junior Giscombe. Arrangements by Guy Barker, who also conducts the London Jazz Festival Orchestra.

The programme of songs draws on major anniversaries, birthdays and milestones that link the decades stretching back from 2012. Among them, the 70th birthday this year of Aretha Franklin; the 10th anniversary of the death of Peggy Lee; and the centenary of the birth of Gil Evans. There will also be a tribute to Etta James, who died earlier this year, and a celebration of the music of Thelonius Monk (died 1982) and Charles Mingus (born 1922).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Jazz Voice – Celebrating a Century of Song part 1

    • Brendan Reilly

      I'm Gonna Lock my Heart (Eaton/Shand)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Juliet Roberts

      Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (Moman/Penn)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Natalie Duncan

      Devil In Me (N Duncan)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Claire Martin

      The Key to your Ferrari (T Dolby)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Junior Giscombe

      You Don't Know Me (Arnold/Walker)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Gwyneth Herbert

      Low Down Lullaby (Robin/Rainger)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Patti Austin

      You Gotta Be (Des'ree/Ingram)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • London Festival Orchestra

      Bakerloo Non-Stop (K Baker)

      Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Boy George

      You'll Lose a Good Thing (B Lynn Ozen)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Imelda May

      Revival Day (A Razaf)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

  • Jazz Voice – Celebrating a Century of Song part 2

    • London Festival Orchestra

      Instrumental Medley (tribute to Gil Evans, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and Oliver Nels

      Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Claire Martin

      A Time For Love (Mandel/Webster)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Junior Giscombe

      Mama Used to Say (Giscombe/Carter)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Natalie Duncan

      Gimme Shelter (Jagger/Richards)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Boy George

      Always on my Mind (Christopher/James/Thompson)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Juliet Roberts

      Sunshine of your Love (Brown/Bruce/Clapton)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Imelda May

      Meet you at the Moon (I May)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Gwyneth Herbert

      Dead End Street (R Davies)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

    • Brendan Reilly

      The Shining Sea (Lee/Mandel)

      Artist: London Jazz Festival Orchestra Artist: Guy Barker (conductor)

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