A sell-out in 2013, the Fest returned in 2014 with a new line up, a perfectly balanced cocktail of veteran players and rising stars. Drawn from the heartlands of Latin jazz - Brazil, Cuba,
Venezuela, Northumberland and Derbyshire, the London Latin Jazz team is at its peak, ready to deliver compelling Latin jazz, spiked with high energy new fusion flavours.
Every concert took music lovers on a journey deep into the rich beats and rhythms of Latin jazz, piloted by festival curator, Latin jazz pianist, arranger and composer.
Grupo X - Tuesday 23rd September
Kicking off with a dazzling display of team-work and an explosive Latin jazz concert is trombonist Jonny Enright's monumental 10 piece orchestra, Grupo X. Starting out in London in the late '90s, this crew take their inspiration from classic 60's and 70's New York salsa, heated to molten intensity with a signature fusion of jazz, soul and Afro-Cuban rhythms.
Featuring an opening set by Alex Wilson and Venezuelan master percussionist Edwin Sanz.
Eliane Correa "En El Aire" - Wednesday 24th September
Next round belongs to rising star Cuban pianist Eliane Correa, making her debut with new crew, En El Aire Project and special guests. Tonight, Eliane introduces audiences to the budding sounds of tropical London jazz - a delicious, natural, truly unique blend of Cuban jazz, soul and reggae beats, timba and Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms. Expect a high energy party as Eliane and her crew launch their first album.
Opening set with Alex Wilson and Venezuelan master percussionist Edwin Sanz.
Jandira Silva - Thursday 25th September
Tonight, the London Latin Jazz Fest showcases the golden voice of Brazil in London, Jandira Silva. A hidden treasure, Jandira Silva's honey rich voice creates a unique ambience, fragranced with heady, Brazilian jazz and the seductive, sensual rhythms of her native country. Be transported to another world by Jandira's take on Brazilian classics and bewitching originals, supported the finest Brazilian jazz musicians around.
Featuring an opening set with Alex Wilson and Venezuelan master percussionist Edwin Sanz.
Mike Lindup & Alex Wilson - Friday 26th September
Book for early show, doors open at 6pm event ends at 9pm
Book for late show, doors open at 10pm
Two grand pianos take centre stage, with two masters of the instrument. Level 42's iconic vocalist and pianist Mike Lindup goes mano a mano with Latin jazz master pianist Alex Wilson in a battle of the grands. Here, they present the fruits of their first collaboration - new arrangements of classic Level 42 hits, with a smouldering Afro-Cuban twist. Created exclusively for the London Latin Jazz Fest, these arrangements never been heard before.
With Venezuelan percussionist Edwin Sanz and bassist Davide Mantovani.
Junior Latin Jam
JazzFM's Chris Phillips hosts the Junior Latin Jam, a fun family afternoon of Pizza and Percussion for kids, at the Pheasantry. Celebrating the build up to the final evening concerts for the London Latin Jazz Fest, JazzFM and Pizza Express Live put on a family experience to get kids excited about music, and get their hands on drums. From midday, enjoy pizza alfresco under shady parasol at our family friendly restaurant, right in the heart of Chelsea. At 1.30pm, the Junior Latin Jam gets underway in the elegant surroundings of the Pheasantry's jazz club. Watch as your kids have fun, learning, playing and dancing to Latin instruments and rhythms - from clave to cowbells, congas to bongos - all guided by a top Latin percussionist and dance teacher.
Tickets: £15, includes pizza and the Junior Latin Jam (free entry to the Jam for children under five).
Alex Wilson Quartet featuring special guest Peter Tickell - Saturday 27th Sept
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6pm event ends at 9pm
Book for late show, doors open at 10pm
The Festival comes to a barn-storming grand final with the most the most ambitious and wild fusion yet. Over two shows, the Alex Wilson Quartet turns up the heat remorselessly with Afro-Cuban pianistic fire from Wilson, exhibitionist displays of impossible prowess by Venezuelan percussion maestro Edwin Sanz and demon Celtic-fusion violinist, Peter Tickell.
Tickell is an exciting new discovery, whose frenzied passion for genre-bending matches Wilson's own insatiable creative drive. Passionate about the folk music of his native Northumbria, Celtic rhythms as well as his strong classical foundations, Tickell is as mad about jazz, pop, world and more. Over the past two years, Tickell has toured with Sting's band.