Canary Wharf Jazz Festival

Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August 2009



Since establishing the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival in 2007, Canary Wharf Arts & Events remains committed to presenting a host of talented musicians – from the rising stars who will be popular regulars within the jazz circuit for years to come, to others that have already staked their claim.

The festival will begin on Thursday 13th August with an exhilarating set from Martha Lewis’ Café Aman. Martha D Lewis (well known to music audiences as one half of the dynamic dup ‘Martha and Eve’) drives a spirited, high powered ensemble of top class musicians from the jazz and world music stage with Café Aman.

Friday 14th August will welcome pianist Tom Cawley’s Curios, a brilliant trio that draw on romantic classical music as much as on modern jazz and who received rave reviews when they supported Wayne Shorter at London’s Barbican last year. The Friday evening will set the mood for the weekend with an energetic and intensely rhythmic set from the acclaimed Cuban violinist Omar Puente who will present a 9-piece Cuban band. Now resident in the UK, Puente recently joined forces with Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra for a stirring performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Saturday 15th August will offer up some of the best vocalists and sax players around. The exciting young outfit from Walthamstow, the Twelves Trio will start the day with their own original material and improvisations, drawing influences from Don Cherry and the New York Contemporary Five but with their own distinctly English take on the sound. Up-and-coming jazz/soul singer from Devon, Lizzy Parks will illustrate why she is one of the most talented and distinctive singers of the moment and an outstanding performance is expected from the firebrand saxophonist from Bristol, James Morton and his new quartet Porkchop, featuring Ian Matthews, perhaps better known as the drummer for Kasabian.
The charismatic Lauren Dalrymple will captivate with her Ella-styled gospel and soul vocals and the day will be brought to a close by the celebrated multi-reed player Gilad Atzmon and his Orient House Ensemble. This thrilling jazz musician’s latest album In Loving Memory of America has been receiving wonderful reviews from both the jazz and mainstream music press and rightly so.

The fourth and final day of the festival on Sunday 16th August will include a hard-hitting, hard bop performance from the Brandon Allen Quintet. Australian tenor player Allen has been in the UK for just over five years and in that short time has played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Guy Barker, Stan Tracey and Don Weller to name just a few. Soweto Kinch, the award-winning alto-saxophonist who is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians on the British jazz scene today will be next up with his quartet. London-based vocalist Mary Pearce, well-known for her stunning vocals on Alex Wilson’s salsa smash hit Show Me has worked with the likes of Courtney Pine, Donna Summer and Lionel Ritchie. Backed here by Dave Ital’s B-Sides a party is guaranteed.
The festival will be brought to a close by the esteemed British jazz composer and big band leader Mike Westbrook who will present Off Abbey Road, his acclaimed 1988 masterpiece, recently revived to coincide with the 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

Programme and performance times:


Thursday 13th August
1 – 2.15pm Martha Lewis’ Café Aman

Friday 14th August
1 – 2.15pm Tom Cawley’s Curios
7 – 8.15pm Omar Puente – 9-piece Cuban band

Saturday 15th August
1 – 2.15pm Twelves Trios
2.45 – 4pm Lizzy Parks Quintet
4.30 – 5.45pm Porkchop feat. James Morton
6.15 – 7.30pm Lauren Dalrymple
8 – 9.15pm Gilad Atzmon ‘Orient House Ensemble’

Sunday 16th August
1 – 2.15pm Brandon Allen Quintet
2.45 – 4pm Soweto Kinch Quartet
4.30 – 5.45pm The B-sides featuring Mary Pearce
6.15 – 7.30pm Mike Westbrook’s Off Abbey Road

Venue: Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14
Dates: Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August 2009
Times: Thu 1pm / Fri 1pm and 7pm / Saturday 1pm – 9.15pm/Sunday 1pm – 7.30pm

Transport: Take Jubilee Line or Docklands Light Railway to Canary Wharf

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