The Canary Wharf Jazz Festival has announced its 2010 line up. Festival-goers can enjoy some of the best jazz sounds around completely free, including headlining premier Latin Jazz pianist and composer, Alex Wilson; the incomparable, one-woman, R&B powerh The Canary Wharf Jazz Festival has announced its 2010 line up. Festival-goers can enjoy some of the best jazz sounds around completely free, including headlining premier Latin Jazz pianist and composer, Alex Wilson; the incomparable, one-woman, R&B powerhouse vocalist Ruby Turner and living music legend and inventor of funk Pee Wee Ellis.

“The Canary Wharf Jazz Festival has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2007 and this year’s line up looks set to entertain with another powerful line-up,” says Sian Astrop, Canary Wharf Arts & Events Manager.

“We are delighted to bring another weekend of top flight jazz to the wonderful outdoor setting of Canada Square Park this August. The Canary Wharf Jazz Festival has quickly become a favourite fixture in our annual summer programme of outdoor events,” she says.

Opening the festival on Friday 13 August is award-winning Robert Mitchell 3io followed by the versatile and virtuosic headline act Alex Wilson. A whole afternoon and evening of music is on the cards for Saturday 14 August with the Round House Jazz Ensemble, a collective of ten talented young musicians, starting the proceedings with a performance that includes their special ‘outerspace’ tribute to Sun Ra. Young British trumpeter Matthew Halsall, whose 2008 debut album Sending My Love received rave reviews, will bring the afternoon to a close. The infectious raw beats and bass of The Baker Brothers open up the evening segment, while Saturday’s headline performance is from Ruby Turner, one of the greatest voices the UK has ever produced.

Sunday 15 August gets off to a rousing start with music from Cuban drummer and percussionist Ernesto Simpson and his sextet, Latin Jazz Explosion. Energy levels will remain high with brass heavy funk from one of the funkiest bands around, The Haggis Horns. Next up, the phenomenal young singer/songwriter Natalie Williams will present her unique blend of R&B, vocal jazz and soul. Funk and jazz legend Pee Wee Ellis and his band bring the festival to a rousing finale.

Overlooking the festival in Canada Square is the recently opened Park Pavilion, home to bars and restaurants Canteen, ROKA, the parlour and Wahaca.

“The Park Pavilion’s attractive bars and restaurants will really add to the atmosphere, providing Jazz fans with some superb vantage points and dining options,” says Astrop.

PROGRAMME OF CONCERTS

Friday 13 August

7pm – 8pm        Robert Mitchell Trio

8.30pm – 10pm    Alex Wilson


Saturday 14 August

1.30pm – 2.15pm    Jazzphonica: Roundhouse Jazz Ensemble

2.45pm – 4pm    To be announced

4.30pm- 5.45pm    Matthew Halsall

6.15pm – 7.3opm    The Baker Brothers

8pm – 9.15pm    Ruby Turner


Sunday 15th August

1pm – 2.15pm    Ernesto Simpson

2.45pm – 4pm    The Haggis Horns

4.30pm – 5.45pm    Natalie Williams

6.15pm – 7.30pm    Pee Wee Ellis