November sees the London Jazz Festival return to celebrate its 25th year and features a triple bill of Thelonious Monk’s music to commemorate his centenary, along with a celebration of the Ella Fitzgerald centenary by Liane Carroll and Claire Martin at St. John’s Smith Square on Sunday 19th November. This year’s festival uses the hashtag #wearejazz.
In other festival news, guitarist Nigel Price successfully raised £15,000 (via Kickstarter) towards reviving the Swanage Jazz Festival and after a successful all-star benefit concert on Sunday 29th October, together with a guitar raffle, has raised even more funds for what is set to be a great festival on the weekend of 13th – 15th July, 2018.
Terry Pack’s Trees and Mark Edwards’ The Cloggz join forces for a Christmas double bill at St. Nicholas Church in Brighton on Friday 8th December, entitled ‘Xmas Trees with Cloggz On’.
Other jazz in church events include virtuoso bassist Andrew Cleyndert appearing with Mark Edwards, Colin Oxley and Martin Shaw at St. Mary’s Church in Kemptown on Saturday 4th November. The all-star band will be playing music with the theme ‘Bach to Bossa Nova and Beyond’.
Also at St. Mary’s Church this month is vocalist Sara Oschlag who is putting on a jazz vocal workshop on Sunday 19th November. There are two sessions: one for teens and one for adults. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org.
And those who enjoy jazz vocals will want to go along to see the all-new FoxiVox featuring vocalists Lou Beckerman and Sarah Carpenter. They’re joined by pianist Carol Sloman for a fundraising performance at The Player’s Theatre in Hurstpierpoint on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November. Tickets are £12 and more details are available from www.hurstplayers.org.uk.
Brighton Jazz School’s Wayne McConnell has started a new jam session at St. Paul’s Arts Centre in Worthing, every other week. The first one, on Monday 30th October, saw various horns and rhythm section players perform. The next jam sessions are on Monday 13th and 27th November with free admission.
You can also catch Wayne McConnell’s ‘In Session’ every other week at The Verdict on Thursday 2nd & 16th November.