Autumn is shaping up to be a big season for jazz music in London, with the return of the city’s annual festival, as well as special Soho events, including an exhibition dedicated to the celebrated venue Ronnie Scott’s in August.
Until 31 August, 52 Dean Street
For two weeks, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the famous venue that has hosted gigs by industry greats, such as Miles Davis, Count Basie and Prince, will open a pop-up venue on Dean Street.
Just down the road from the current establishment, The Old Place was the original venue, opened by saxophonist Ronnie Scott in 1959. Explore this hip setting and discover how things went down during its 1960s heyday.
As well as gigs, you can see pictures and memorabilia from the era.
14–17 September, various venues, Soho
Every year, over 15 Soho venues come together to host this exciting festival, celebrating the best in live jazz.
This is a great way to explore the world of improvised music in one London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.
Among the acts performing are Ashley Henry, Cherise Adam Burnett and the Kitty la Roar Trio, as well as loads of live jams. The finale will be six hours of free music on Carlisle Street – not to be missed.
30 October, Royal Albert Hall
To celebrate the historic venue’s 60th anniversary, Ronnie Scott’s will be holding a gala event at the Royal Albert Hall.
Get yourself a ticket and you could see Imelda May, Courtney Pine, Van Morrison and Nigel Kennedy playing Jimi Hendrix.
15–24 November, various venues
Quite simply one of the UK’s best festivals, London Jazz Festival attracts the biggest names from the UK and abroad, including some great free and family-friendly gigs.
So far announced are Herbie Hancock at the Barbican, Chrissie Hynde at Festival Hall and Christian Sands Trio at London Cadagon Hall.