Courtney Pine headlines Canary Wharf Jazz Festival

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival
Friday 17 – Sunday 19 August 2012
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London

The Canary Wharf Jazz Festival is one of London’s most respected free jazz concerts and has featured jazz and soul heavyweights from all over the globe. This annual festival is now in its sixth year and the line-up, which includes great inspirational forces from British jazz music, is one of the most exciting yet.

This year includes a headline performance from none other than British jazz pioneer, Courtney Pine, whose commitment to the development of jazz in the UK over the last two decades has been nothing short of phenomenal. An inspiration to a whole new generation of performers, it is fitting that he plays the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, which from the outset has championed young British jazz talent.

The Canary Wharf Jazz Festival opens on the evening of Friday 17 August with what promises to be a thrilling performance from big band Lokkhi Terra whose unique blend of Bangla-Afro-Latin-Jazz takes the listener on a musical journey from the melas of Bangladesh to the streets of Habana, via some districts in Lagos to a bustling London club.

Friday evening culminates in a rousing performance by saxophonist James Morton’s brand new outfit, the James Morton Soul Collective. Their heavily funk and soul influenced jazz set will be the first performance by the newly formed sextet and their guests, British institutions, Mary Pearce (featured vocalist on “Ready for the Weekend” by Calvin Harris) and Afro-Cuban percussionist Snowboy.

Saturday’s programme opens with a set by the award-winning, young sax player Josh Arcoleo. Next up, the Bansangu Orchestra, featuring some of the finest London-based musicians, will perform their own compositions, including Brazilian, African, Cuban and Indian instruments, textures and soundscapes. At 5pm power trio, Dennis Rollins’ Velocity will present their electrifying mix of sophisticated contemporary jazz and funk grooves. A slight change of mood will follow with the warm, urgent voice of 23-year old singer Alexander Stewart who has been creating a buzz as one of the most precociously talented vocalists of the new generation and was recently signed up as support act to Dionne Warwick on her 2012 UK tour.

The evening will close with a performance from British jazz giant Courtney Pine, the saxophonist who has led the way for a whole new generation of exciting and innovative jazz musicians over the past twenty years. This promises to be a true highlight of the festival this year.

Sunday’s entertainment will open with the David Mantovani Sextet – the latest album from the bassist/composer, which is due for release in October this year, brings together Brazilian, West African and Latin styles intertwined with jazz and cinematic elements. More music influenced by grooves and sounds from all over the world will follow when Voices of Nature present a stunning array of fresh tonal colours, rhythms and textures. A soulful change of pace comes next courtesy of The Soul Reformers, a 4-piece featuring ex-members of the Amy Winehouse Band with singers Niamh McNally and Gwyn Jay Allen.

The 2012 Canary Wharf Jazz Festival will close with what is bound to be a storming set from Beats & Pieces – led by mover and shaker Ben Cottrell, its 14 members are drawn from some of the most exciting and in demand young musicians active in the UK today. Their music draws on material by Loose Tubes, Polar Bear and Radiohead to redefine the role of the big band instrumentation for a new generation.

Sian Astrop, Arts & Events Manager at Canary Wharf Group plc said:

“Canary Wharf Jazz Festival returns with an explosive headliner as British jazz legend Courtney Pine takes the stage in Canada Square Park along with other world-class British artists such as James Morton, Alexander Stewart and Dennis Rollins’ Velocity. Such artists demonstrate how fearless musical experimentation continues to inspire a generation, and are further examples of how committed Canary Wharf Arts & Events have been to presenting a diverse, enjoyable free programme to jazz fans over the last six years.”


Event Details

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London
Friday 17 – Sunday 19 August 2012
Times: Fri 7pm-10pm / Saturday 1.30pm – 10pm / Sunday 1.30pm – 8.15pm
Further info: arts& / 020 7001 3016
Transport: Take the Jubilee Line, Docklands Light Railway or Thames Clipper to Canary Wharf

For more information, images or interviews please contact:

Dorothy Howe
Press & Publicity
T: 020 8995 3920


Friday 17 August

7pm – 8pm Lokkhi Terra

8.30pm – 10pm James Morton’s Soul Collective with special guests, Mary Pearce and Snowboy

Saturday 18 August

1.30pm – 2.45pm Josh Arcoleo Quartet

3.15pm – 4.30pm Bansangu Orchestra

5pm – 6.15pm Dennis Rollins Velocity

6.45pm – 8pm Alexander Stewart

8.30pm – 10pm Courtney Pine

Sunday 19 August

1.30pm – 2.45pm Davide Mantovani Sextet

3.15pm – 4.30pm Voices of Nature

5pm – 6.15pm The Soul Reformers

6.45pm – 8.15pm Beats & Pieces

About Canary Wharf Arts & Events

The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors. Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.

Canary Wharf Arts & Events is part of Canary Wharf Group plc.

For more information visit or contact arts&

About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

More than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow. CWG won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

95,000 people work at Canary Wharf in a diverse range of sectors, with the population projected to double by 2025.
CWG is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.