Whirlwind Festival debut

The Whirlwind label holds its first festival in London this month with 86 musicians including Mike Gibbs, Greg Osby, Nick Vayenas and Robert Mitchell

The inaugural Whirlwind Festival featuring Mike Gibbs and Greg Osby will take place at Kings Place, London from 10 to 12 October this year.

The festival will feature 18 different bands over the three days, in the first festival of its kind held by London-based Whirlwind Recordings, set up in 2010 by US-born, UK-resident bassist Michael Janisch.

Highlights include double-bill concerts from Mike Gibbs & 12 and Nia Lynn’s Bannau Trio with special guest Norma Winstone. US altoist Greg Osby will appear with the Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet.

Pianist Robert Mitchell will perform his left-hand-only piano music on 12 October. Mitchell will present music from his album The Glimpse, and will be joined by Zimbabwe-born vocalist Eska (pictured). On the same evening saxophonist Alex Garnett and trumpeter Nick Vayenas will perform music from Garnett’s debut album Serpent, as well as from Vayenas’s album Some Other Time to be released in November.

Other acts confirmed to appear include drummer Ollie Howell and his Quintet, Gareth Lockrane (winner of Mojo magazine’s Jazz Album of the Year 2012), saxophonist Rachael Cohen (launching her debut album) and saxophonist Patrick Cornelius with special guest Jason Rebello. Also appearing are the Partikel Trio, the Sam Crowe Group, Zhenya Strigalev, and guitarist Phil Robson. Nigerian-born musician Femi Temowo will close the festival on 12 October as special guest guitarist.

There will also be jazz workshops and free events such as the album launch of Jazz For Babies on 12 October, presenting jazz standards retold as lullabies.

Festival and day passes can be purchased from the venue’s website, kingsplace.co.uk.

You can also browse the full programme at whirlwindrecordings.com.

Sally Evans-Darby

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