Strong Norwegian presence at the London Jazz Festival

Continuing the strong positive Norwegian trend, London Jazz Festival features a number of Norway’s finest improvisers.

Wibutee 2005

The London Jazz Festival which runs from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 November continues its strong focus on Norwegian jazz in 2005. The renowned festival includes some of Norwegian jazz’ finest pianists such as Tord Gustavsen Trio and Ketil Bjørnstad as well as more exploratory acts like Wibutee and Humcrush.

Here are the Norwegian live dates at the London Jazz Festival 2005:

Fri 11 Nov, 7.30pm: Tord Gustavsen Trio, Wigmore Hall
Fri 11 Nov, 8.00pm: Wibutee, The Spitz
Sat 12 Nov, 8.00pm: Humcrush, The Spitz
Tue 15 Nov, 8.00pm: Eivind Aarset, The Spitz
Sat 19 Nov, 7.00pm: Ketil Bjørnstad, Royal Academy of Arts

Now in its 13th year, London Jazz Festival, in association with BBC Radio 3, has more venues involved than ever before making it London’s widest ranging festival. It gives the chance for many more to hear the established greats and the trend-setters, international artists and the best British talent right across the capital. This year there are also special shows for young people, writing projects and more free events for everyone to be a part of. The Festival continues to provide an unrivalled opportunity to enjoy special commissions, collaborations, premieres - a massive celebration of the fact that jazz remains one of the most forward thinking and modern music genres.

In addition to an intensive programme of events at the South Bank, a number of major concerts will take place at the Barbican, plus there are more events at the Wigmore Hall. The Festival has always been committed to reaching new audiences and developing a broader understanding of the music amongst everyone. This year the new jazz writers’ project The Write Stuff moves into its third successful year, Jamie Cullum gives a special young people’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall and Courtney Pine and his band will be hosting a family friendly show featuring the first London showing of his animated film Jazz Daze, which reveals how Courtney became hooked on music.

Whilst the live events take place across London, BBC Radio 3‘s involvement has enabled the Festival to become a truly national event through broadcasts on air and online to audiences throughout the UK and worldwide.

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