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).