London Jazz Festival
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London Jazz Festival
London Jazz Festival
Frequency annually
Location(s) London

The London Jazz Festival (LJF) is a London-wide music festival held every November. It takes place in a variety of London venues, including larger concert halls--such as the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall--and smaller jazz clubs, such as Ronnie Scott's and Vortex. It is produced by the creative company Serious.


Camden Jazz Festival

In the 1970s, the London Borough of Camden added a Jazz Week to their long-established Camden Festival. Over the following fifteen or more years, the 'Camden Jazz Weeks' were held at several venues around the borough--the Roundhouse, Shaw Theatre, Logan Hall, Bloomsbury Theatre, the Forum--both as part of the spring Festival, and in some years, adding an Autumn week as well. Although the 'Capital Jazz Festival' brought the familiar round of touring American stars to the city in the summer, Camden Jazz occupied an essential place in the London jazz scene, introducing key international figures including many of the emerging Europeans, and always committed to UK artists, with an active commissioning policy.

New direction

By the early nineties, the Camden Festival was no more, and although the Borough continued to support the Jazz Week for a few years, it became clear that a new direction had to be found in the light of changing budgets and priorities. With the active support of London Arts Board (now Arts Council England, London), the production company Serious--who had for some years produced the Camden weeks--engineered a transition that saw the evolution of a London Jazz Festival. Taking the mix of international and British artists--and a commitment to education activity--that had been at the heart of the Camden weeks, the new Festival began to expand, drawing in the venues across London that present music throughout the year.

In 2011, the festival was produced in association with BBC Radio 3.[1]


Over the years, the Festival has made a steady transition from north London to London-wide, and moved from May to its present November slot, to establish today's multi-faceted ten-day event as not only one of the city's key music festivals, but as one of the major international jazz events.

The Festival is branded as the EFG London Jazz Festival, reflecting headline sponsorship since 2013 by EFG Private Bank, part of Switzerland's EFG International.[2]

Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years of the London Jazz Festival

A history of the London Jazz Festival, produced to mark the 25th anniversary, was published in late 2017.[3] Written by Dr Emma Webster and Prof George McKay, it came out of a 12-month collaborative research project between the University of East Anglia and Serious/EFG London Jazz Festival, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (2015-16). McKay was the inaugural Professor in Residence at the 2014 festival, and Webster Researcher-in-Residence in 2016. The book covers both the history of London as a city of jazz festivals since c. 1949 (and includes material on the early festivals at Richmond/Reading, Camden, Bracknell, Crawley) and of the London Jazz Festival from its beginning in 1993.

Memorable performances


  1. ^ "All That Jazz - the London Jazz Festival". Music Malt. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "Festival partners". EFG London Jazz Festival. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Emma Webster and George McKay. 2017. Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years of the London Jazz Festival. Norwich: UEA/AHRC.

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