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London Latin Jazz Fest 2017

The quality Latin Jazz that exists in London holds its strength in its fusions, just like this wonderful melting pot city. As Guest Curator of this year's London Latin Jazz Festival, I'd like to invite you to a trip around the roots and branches of what we know as “Latin Jazz”, a global genre with a heritage as mixed as London's human landscape. This festival brings you the opportunity to experience world-class artists performing passionate, intense music in an up-close, almost intimate setting.

 

Eliane Correa writes:

On Friday night we have two of the UK's most revered pianists: Kishon Khan, who brings us his funky Cuban-Bangladeshi fusion ensemble Lokkhi Terra on the early show, and Dele Sosimi, who joins Kishon on the late show for CubAfrobeat, an all-star 10-piece groovetrain that links Cuba to its Nigerian Yoruba roots.

Teotima's elegant, spiritual Afro-Latin compositions will take you on a journey on Wednesday; on Tuesday, yours truly will kick off the festival with En El Aire Project, where Afro-Cuban folklore meets London's young soul/jazz vanguard. Virtuoso pianist and LLJF curator-in-chief Alex Wilson brings us a collaboration with powerhouse vocalist Nolita Golding for a high-energy Salsa Soul Night on Saturday, and Thursday brings you Cuban Timba star Osvaldo Chacón, whose old-school timba arrangements played by London's finest young Cuban musicians will delight both your ears and your hips.

Check out the full listings and buy tickets for this very special edition of the LLJF and I sincerely hope that you will enjoy this hand-picked collection of musical gems!

London Latin Jazz Fest 2017

Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

£20.00

Tuesday 17 th October Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

This year's London Latin Jazz Fest guest curator opens the festival with her 8-piece project that fuses Afro-Cuban folklore with the newest London jazz/soul sound. Tipped by Gilles...

London Latin Jazz Fest 2017

Teotima Ensemble

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

£18.00

Wednesday 18 th October Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Teotima is a 10 to 17-piece spiritual/afrolatin jazz ensemble from London, started and directed by guitarist-composer Greg Sanders; taking powerful, elegant but deceptively complex...

London Latin Jazz Fest 2017

Osvaldo Chacón y su Timba

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

£18.00

Thursday 19 th October Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

The Cuban vocalist of international fame, whose CV includes some of Cuba's top nineties hits with Bamboleo, Paulo FG and El Médico, brings us an all-star 8-piece band of...

London Latin Jazz Fest 2017

Kishon Khan & Lokkhi Terra

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

£25.00

Friday 20 th October Show Time 7:30pm / Doors Open 6:00pm

From the Melas of Bangladesh to the streets of Havana, via some districts in Lagos and on to a bustling club in London, Lokkhi Terra is the flagship of London's multicultural music...

London Latin Jazz Fest 2017

CubAfrobeat featuring Dele Sosimi

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

£15.00

Friday 20 th October Show Time 10:30pm / Doors Open 10:00pm

CubAfrobeat is a groovetrain that travels between Lagos, Nigeria and Havana, Cuba. The musical conversations between the two sides of the atlantic are led by piano maestros Kishon...

London Latin Jazz Fest 2017

Alex Wilson & Nolita Golding Latin Soul Night

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

from £15.00

Saturday 21 st October Show Time 7:30pm / Doors Open 6:00pm

A new salsa soul star is launched: Nolita Golding, who teams up with pianist Alex Wilson for a set of searing vocals, energy-packed songs plus a sprinkling of soul ballads all...