London Jazz Festival 2016
The EFG London Jazz Festival, currently in its twenty-fifth year, has been dubbed by many as one of the best jazz festivals in the world. With over two thousand artists playing in more than fifty venues across the city, the London Jazz Festival plays host to some of the industry’s most renowned jazz artists and best new talent. 2016’s event has been no exception to the rule, featuring the likes of the esteemed Joey Alexander, jazz heavyweight Wayne Shorter and MOBO award-winning Binker and Moses, to name just a few.
On the opening night, teams from the BBC and 7digital Creative took over the infamous Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, for the live recording of BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now, hosted by the award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch, broadcaster and trumpeter Al Ryan and jazz singer Emma Smith. The show was simulcast across BBC Radio 3 and BBC Music Jazz, the pop-up station from BBC Music and JazzFM.
Emma Smith, Soweto Kinch and Al Ryan - Jazz Now presenters
We asked Kerry Luter, our Group Production Manager at 7digital Creative, for her thoughts on this year’s festival:
For me, the best part of the London Jazz Festival is the variety, not only in the style and presentation of the performances, but also across the different locations throughout the city. From concert halls to intimate venues, there truly is something for everyone. It makes the festival accessible at every level and appeals to such a wide audience. Whether you are just starting your love affair with jazz or you are a lifelong devotee, everyone is welcome.
Michael Wollny and Vincent Peirani at Pizza Express Jazz Club. Photo credit: Ravi Chandarana
Heather Wall, who was part of the team on the ground at this years festival had this to say:
This is my first time at the London Jazz Festival as more than a spectator and it's been a very exciting experience. It really feels like we are at the forefront of contemporary jazz, especially as we get to see so many fantastic up-and-coming and well established musicians side by side. Jazz is reaching a younger audience, and it's inevitable - with artists like Joey Alexander and Binker and Moses coming through - that the fresh style they have shakes up the typical associations people may have of the genre.
The festival runs until the 20th November, so there isn’t much more time to watch some fantastic performances live, but if you don’t fancy leaving the comfort of your own home you can catch up on the action on BBC Radio 3 - Jazz Now or tune in to the show every Monday at 11pm to get your weekly jazz fix.
Joey Alexander Trio at Pizza Express Jazz Club. Photo credit: Ravi Chandarana
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7digital was powering 1,000 stores and made history by enabling Koopa to become the first unsigned act to make it into the top 40 charts on downloads alone. 7digital-powered service Now Play It won “Best Digital Service” award at the BT Digital Music Awards. 7digital signed a partnership with Last.fm and celebrated their first 1 million users on the platform. In 2008 7digital launched the global API and became the first European download store to offer Warner Music catalogue DRM-free.
7digital launched HMV music and video download stores in the UK and Canada, as well as an e-book store for Waterstones. Lost Tunes, powered by 7digital, won the ”Digital Achievement of the Year“ award at the Music Week Awards. We partnered with Songbird to provide an integrated MP3 store and built a mobile app on BlackBerry, which won the EMEA ”Innovation Award“. 7digital integrated MP3 downloads into AOL’s Winamp media player, HMV Group acquired 50% stake in 7digital for £7.7 million, we took part in the first ever Music Hack Day in London and celebrated 7 million tracks our catalogue.
7digital partnered with Shazam, we launched our own Android and iOS apps and developed a unique digital music experience for Samsung devices. Network operator O2 chose 7digital as their digital music partner in the UK and 7digital’s API powered services for 120 clients with 500 million API requests served.
In the following years 7digital expanded North American operations with key hires and launched Samsung Music Hub 3.0 in numerous territories. 7digital was selected as the music partner for Toshiba connected TV and we released the first digital music store on Windows 8.
7digital merged with award-winning radio company, UBC Media and went public on the LSE. We launched hi-res download stores for Panasonic and Onkyo, a Latin music radio service for SBS (Spanish Broadcasting System) and we confirmed a partnership with will.i.am.
7digital powered the launch of The Overflow, a genre-based streaming app, and we expanded territories for Radioplayer Worldwide. We announced that we are powering services for OpenLIVE, Tonlist, Electric Jukebox, Team Rock, CrowdTunes, Rithm, and Astro. We expanded licenses to Africa making our reach a total of 82 territories. Finally, we launched an integration with Google Cast to playback hi-res audio.
7digital started the year by premiering MQA content on onkyomusic at CES. We announced a new contract to power the relaunch of eMusic and won the tender to produce Jazz programmes for BBC Radio 3. We acquired French B2B streaming service Snowite (now 7digital France) and have brought on a number of new key hires. We launched 7digital Creative to look after curation, radio production, editorial and playlisting services for our partners.