Jazz at Canary Wharf

This year’s annual three-day Canary Wharf Jazz Festival features Soweto Kinch, Carleen Anderson, Zoe Rahman and more

The annual jazz festival at Canary Wharf, London returns this year with confirmed acts including Carleen Anderson, Zoe Rahman, Soweto Kinch and Omar Puente.

Taking place in Canada Square Park, a stone’s throw from Canary Wharf tube station, the festival will run from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August and entry is free, no tickets required.

Live music can be enjoyed in the park from 7pm to 10pm on Friday, 1.30pm to 10pm on Saturday and 1.30pm to 8.15pm on Sunday, with a range of styles to suit most tastes including vocal jazz, Latin and swing.

Recent nominees for best UK newcomers at the Jazz FM Awards, rock-jazz band Roller Trio start the festival at 7pm on Friday 18. They’re followed by saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch, recently reviewed for Jazz Journal. The Nathaniel Facey Quartet kick things off on Saturday at 1.30pm followed by the trio Troyka featuring pianist Kit Downes (pictured) at 3.15pm. Afro and reggae music follows from Soothsayers at 5pm, after which saxophonist YolanDa Brown takes the stage at 6.45pm. Saturday is rounded off with Omar Puente’s Raices Cubanas Afro Latin Big Band.

Sunday’s entertainment begins at 1.30pm with pianist Zoe Rahman, reviewed in Jazz Journal in May. She’s followed by pianist Jason Rebello at 3.15pm, then vocalist Ian Shaw at 5pm. The festival is brought to a close at 6.45pm with Carleen Anderson’s Soul Trio.

Sally Evans-Darby

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