London Culture on a Student Budget

This week Georgie Coupe checks out the London Jazz Festival’s Jazz Sessions at Ronnie Scotts

London Jazz Festival London Tab Ronnie Scotts

London Jazz Festival is upon us this week and this year there are some great events for students to enjoy. The festival originated in Camden in the 1970s focusing on England’s jazz style however in 1992 thanks to the help of Arts Council England the London Jazz Fest evolved welcoming worldwide talent to Britain’s cultural centre. The week is brimming with performances from famous jazz musicians but as a light introduction/ relaxed event for those interested in getting into jazz but also for the self proclaimed jazz experts, The Late Late Shows at Ronnie Scott’s offer great music in London’s most famous and chic jazz venue. The saxophonist, Ronnie Scott opened the club in 1959 and ever since it has been the place for jazz musicians to come and jam. Starting at 11pm on weeknights and 1am on Friday and Saturday there are a variety of jazz acts throughout this week priced at a reasonable five pounds with a student card. The warm lighting of Ronnie Scott’s club (complete with red leather seats) is the ideal ambiance for a night of jazz; it truly is the real deal. The festival is attracting the best of jazz from around the world and it would be a shame to miss out on the amazing acts performing this week:

Monday 12th- Jean Toussaint Quartet.
Tuesday 13th-Arnie Somogyi Quartet feat. Dick Pearce.
Wednesday 14th- Brandon Allen Quintet
Thursday 15th-Dimitri Vassilakis Quintet
Friday 16th- Jay Phelps Quartet Saturday 17th-Frode Kjekstad’s “Italian Job” Trio + Alex Garnett

Highlights include the Jean Toussaint Quartet, famous for the fusion of a variety of genres including jazz, African, calypso and reggae and Brandon Allen who will be playing in a quintet and is famous for his album What’s it gonna be ? This is the perfect week to introduce yourselves to jazz or simply to enjoy some high quality live music at an affordable price.

Running all this week for the reasonable price of £5. For more details go to