Arild Andersen and Paolo Vinaccia at the London Jazz Festival

Double-bass icon Arild Andersen and effervescent drummer/percussionist Paolo Vinaccia celebrate the release of their new ECM album with Scot saxophonist Tommy Smith at the upcoming London Jazz Festival.

Arild Andersen and Paolo Vinaccia

In addition to the wide range of fine Norwegian artists and acts set to perform at the Scene Norway events at London’s Kings Cross venue, several key players are also performing as part of the London Jazz Festival’s official programme.

A stellar international trio featuring Norwegians Arild Andersen and Paolo Vinaccia plus Scot Tommy Smith mark the release of the live ECM re­cording ‘Life at Belleville’, which draws on Norwegian and Scottish folk music as well as the jazz tradition.

The fruitful Andersen/Smith collaboration began two years ago and has since resulted in a number of tours in Scandinavia as well as the UK. The release is celebrated with a gig at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Eliza­beth Hall; a night not to be missed.

Arild Andersen is the complete acoustic bassist - his massive, burnished sound, faultless groove and unerring phrasing are the hallmarks of this great improviser. Over the years, Andersen has performed and record­ed with such heavyweights as Jan Garbarek, Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny , Don Cherry, John Scofield, Nana Vasconcelos, Ralph Towner and Alphonse Mouzon
Italian-born effervescent Norwegian drummer Paolo Vinaccia has be­come an essential player on the Scandinavian scene. Over the last two decades this charismatic drummer/percussionist has performed with a majority of Scandinavian Jazz’s premier division players such as Nils Pet­ter Molvær, Bugge Wesseltoft, Terje Rypdal and Palle Mikkelborg

Date: Saturday 22th of November
Time: 7:45pm
Venue: Southbank Centre - Queen Elizabeth Hall

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