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Last year London Latin Jazz Festival curator Alex Wilson accompanied by PCM pulled out all the stops to deliver a stunning line-up of some of London's finest musicians - Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project, J-sonics, Afro-Cuban Gospel Project with Alex Wilson & Nicky Brown, Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Cafe and Omar Puente ‘Havana Class 86’...

After a hugely successful third year in 2015 the London Latin Jazz Festival returns to Pizza Express in London's Soho in September 2016. Curated by Latin jazz fusionist and virtuoso pianist Alex Wilson the festival presented a diverse five night programme.

A perfectly balanced cocktail of veteran players and rising stars. Drawn from the heartlands of Latin jazz - Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, Northumberland and Derbyshire, the London Latin Jazz team is at its peak, ready to deliver compelling Latin jazz, spiked with high energy new fusion flavours.

We plan to take the music lovers on a journey deep into the rich beats and rhythms of Latin jazz, piloted by festival curator, Latin jazz pianist, arranger and composer Alex Wilson. Derbyshire-born Wilson's driving passion is the piano. Wilson has an authentic command of Latin American and Caribbean rhythms, an unquenchable appetite for stripping back this music to its African roots and fearlessly exploring of the welter of world rhythms. Alex Wilson is a giant talent and his music is endlessly satisfying.

2016 Line-up

Tuesday, 27th September

Marc Halbheer's Madrid Edition with special guest Alex Wilson

Pure Flamenco tradition flows from guitarist Miguel Linares fingers and Cuban bass player & singer Dany Noel.  Marc Halbheer’s drumming adds an exceptional touch of Jazz and together they reach an existing blend and provide a thrilling musical experience to the listener. 

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Wednesday, 28th September

Ivan ‘Melon’ Lewis Trio

Cuban born and Spanish based pianist and producer, Ivan “Melon” Lewis is a Latin Grammy nominee who is recognized as one of the most talented and influential pianists of his generation. In the 90s “Melon” was noted for his work with the Cuban singer Issac Delgado, establishing an era with an inimitable sound. Ivan “Melon” Lewis will perform by first time with his trio at London Latin Jazz Festival. The artist will visit his afro-cuban roots in a warm journey through boleroes, danzones and much more!

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Thursday, 29th September

Son Con Swing

Son is the name for traditional Cuban music made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club, and was the precursor of Salsa music.  Son Con Swing (Son with Swing) consists of the newest generation of Cuban musicians who have taken their love of traditional Son music and added a modern vibe. Son Con Swing brings you the best Salsa, Son, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, Rumba rhythms and more for a lively and fun evening of entertainment. 

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Friday, 30th September  (early show and late show)

Edwin Sanz ALBUM LAUNCH

Hard hitting salsa, soulful gospel and latin-funk grooves would sum up the night that Edwin Sanz brings to the London Latin Jazz Fest with the launch of his new album “Overflow”.  This is really cutting-edge stuff and the band will come from fresh their Glastonbury show this year ready to hit the London Latin Jazz Fest with some serious heat!

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Saturday, 1st October

Alex Wilson & Friends

Alex has a reputation for delivering exciting shows of consistently excellent music and always adds an unexpected twist to keep the audience on their toes.    For this end-of-festival show, Alex will bring together friends from various collaborations including the virtuoso Indian vocalist Unnati Dasgupta in a delicious Afro Cuban setting which will include Venezuelan percussion virtuoso Edwin Sanz.             

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