Moving and Shaking at the London Jazz Festival 2016
Opening on the 11th November this year’s 24th annual London Jazz Festival once again saw some legendary performances as the festival echoed around the capital for 10 days. Over 2000 established, and some lesser well known artists from around the globe featured at over 300 gigs and took over 50 venues for the largest annual jazz celebration the UK has to offer. All elements of the revered genre from classic to experimental were showcased at the festival.
Highlights included internationally celebrated jazz pianist Brad Mehldau who performed with equally distinguished saxophonist and 25 year musical compadre Josh Redman. Their performance at the Barbican on Saturday 12th November was said to be intoxicating.
Perhaps one of the most stand out performances came from 13 year old pianist and jazz prodigy Joey Alexander which took place at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho on the opening night of the festival. The exceptionally talented pianist who comes from Bali performed along side Willie Jones III – an prodigious drummer from the US. Later Alexander ended the show with beautifully soulful vocals from Lizz Wright, making the prodigy pianists UK debut a memorable show to say the least.
Other highlights included The Wayne Shorter Quartet and Aziza, the newly formed super-group jazz quintet comprising Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland, and Dave Holland.
Looking smart is a crucial element of Jazz, the archetypal black bowler, black shirt, tie, slacks and suit jacket have long been the fixed jazz attire for all musicians. Nowadays the youngsters celebrate their own unique, but still understated styles to as not take the focus too far away from the music.
A long time ago, Jazz clubs were smoky places making it even more crucial to take good care of your black jazz attire. In recent times it’s more the hot and bright lights of the stage that will take the most toll on a jazz musician’s style. Of course Jeeves is always on hand to freshen up and maintain even the most hard worn garments. See our 7 stages of garment care for more information: