On Thursday 19th September 2013, the festival opened with an explosive Latin jazz concert, fuelled by Roberto Pla and his 10-piece Latin Ensemble. Colombian-born Pla is widely regarded as the father of live Latin jazz and salsa in the UK and one of the most charismatic and respected bandleaders and musicians around. Pla’s Latin Ensemble features a roll call of the UK’s most gifted musicians and vocalists. Alex Wilson hosted the evening and also guested at the concert.
On Friday 20th September 2013, Alex Wilson’s London Latin Jazz Fest Quintet
A special group of virtuosos, hand picked by Wilson exclusively for the festival, offered music lovers a unique listening experience. Line-up: Wilson on piano; René Alvarez on trombone and vocals, trumpeter Shanti Paul Jayasinha , Venezuelan percussion maestro Edwin Sanz and long-time collaborator Davide Mantovani on bass.
On Saturday 21st September 2013, two grand pianos and two masters of the instrument take centre-stage at the festival. For the first time, Alex Wilson and Jason Rebello combine their ferocious talents to take the Latin jazz piano to the limit. Rebello – a classically trained pianist who switched to jazz at 16 when heard Herbie Hancock – was part of Sting’s live and recording group for six years.
On Sunday 22nd September 2013, Snowboy and the Latin Section deliver the Fest’s raucous finale, with an ever defiant Latin punch. Led by multi-percussionist Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove, this crew are Europe’s leading Afro-Cuban Jazz performers and recording artists. Snowboy is currently touring with Lisa Stansfield.
Curator : Alex Wilson
The London Latin Jazz Fest is co-ordinated by Peter Conway Management.
Venue: Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club
Serving live jazz and tasty pizzas seven nights a week, the Club is a showcase for many of the world's finest jazz musicians and new talent, including Roy Haynes; Kenny Garrett; Martin Taylor; Scott Hamilton and Mose Allison. The Club regularly features emerging artists, including Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum, Brad Mehldau, Amy Winehouse, Danilo Perez, Stacey Kent, Avishai Cohen, Acoustic Alchemy, Peter Cincotti, Peter White and Rokia Traoré.