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A diverse and important global economic centre, London is one of the most visited city in the world and one the reasons is its rich cultural offering. London's culture is home not only to countless new rock, punk, and pop acts, but also symphonies, conservatories, and many more. The London Jazz Festival is one of the more unique musical events in London's calendar. A few weeks after the 2016 Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, the London Jazz Festival 2016 promises to capitalize on jazz musical talents worldwide.
History of the London Jazz Festival
The London Jazz Festival emerged from a long standing music festival in Camden that featured a segment called Jazz Week. In 1992, the Camden Festival was forced to close its doors. Not wanting to lose Jazz Week, the London Arts Board transitioned Jazz Week into the London Jazz Festival. Initially small and focused in North London, the London Jazz Festival quickly grew into a London-wide, then international jazz extravaganza. At the heart of the London Jazz Festival was traditionally education, the aims of the festival still remain the same today; celebrating jazz in a city with rich cultural diversity and an ever expanding multitude of venues across London.
The London Jazz Festival 2016The London Jazz Festival 2016 will be held between November 11th and November 20nd. It features over 2,000 artists, 300 gigs and 50 venues. This year's festival welcomes new faces to the Jazz scene with line-ups packed with fresh new talent. The top highlights this year are said to be The Bad Plus, Robert Glasper Experiment and New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott. The London Jazz Festival 2016 is the capitals largest pan-city indoor music festival featuring not only live performances, but workshops and talks that explore jazz theory and history. Although jazz performances are available through BBC radio 3, the best way to experience the London Jazz Festival 2016 is first-hand.
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