The London Jazz Orchestra - The London Jazz Festival
The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, London
The LJO dedicate their annual London Jazz Festival gig to the music of John Warren, 80 years old this year. Born in Canada, John is an inspiration composer, most famous for his collaborations with John Surman, including their 1973 recording Tales of the Algonquin. His recently released The Traveller's Tale drew an excellent Guardian review from John Fordham: "All Warren’s virtues – enrichment of simple motifs worthy of Gil Evans or Kenny Wheeler; shrewd swaps of floating moods and swing; inspired integration of improvisers – are at work."
John's music is a huge inspiration for the writers in the LJO, and this concert also features the premier of a new piece dedicated to John by Martin Hathaway.