Preview: Woody Allen at the Albert Hall

Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band will play a one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall in July, the band's first UK appearance in 10 years

Film director and clarinettist Woody Allen will bring his New Orleans Jazz Band (pictured right, Allen third from right) to London this summer for a one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 2 July.

Allen is best-known as a comedian and film director, winning four Academy Awards throughout the course of his six-decade career. He’s also well-known as a lifelong fan of jazz, which has featured in many of his movies, and performs regularly on clarinet in New York: he once missed accepting the Academy Award for Best Picture as he was performing a concert on the same evening.

Allen established his New Orleans Jazz Band over 35 years ago. The septet’s sound draws inspiration from musicians including Sidney Bechet, George Lewis, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone and Louis Armstrong. In 1996, the band embarked on its first tour of Europe, which was chronicled in the documentary film and album Wild Man Blues. Despite having toured Europe on a number of occasions since, this concert will mark the band’s first return to the UK in over 10 years.

The Woody Allen New Orleans Jazz Band concert begins at 5.00pm on Sunday 2 July.

Tickets are now on sale from the Royal Albert Hall website and box office.

Bruce Lindsay

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