After the resounding success of its inaugural event in 2022 and a triumphant follow-up in 2023, the Gypsy Jazz Festival of London is set to make its much-anticipated return next week. With seven nights of performances from May 6th to May 12th, music enthusiasts across the capital are invited to immerse themselves in the infectious rhythms and timeless melodies of the too often overlooked genre.

GJFL is the brainchild of violinist and producer Tobie Medland and takes place this year at The Vortex Jazz Club, LSO St Lukes, Pizza Express Live Chelsea, World Heartbeat Auditorium, Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club, and Crazy Coq’s Soho with a line-up of internationally renowned musicians representing the finest the genre has to offer.

Celebrated violinist/vocalist Seonaid Aitken opens the festival on May 6th with her Scottish Jazz Award winning quartet Rose Room, sharing their love for Swing and the famous Reinhardt/Grappelli sound with audiences at Crazy Coq’s, Soho.

Considered by many to be the greatest performer of the style since Django Reinhardt himself, guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg will be sharing the LSO St. Luke’s stage on Saturday the 11th with his long-time collaborator Paulus Schäfer and his quartet.

Closing out the festival on May 12th at Pizza Express Live The Pheasantry in Chelsea is the Adrien Moignard/Daniel John Martin Quartet, featuring four of the world’s highest acclaimed Gypsy Jazz musicians, promising an evening of unparalleled virtuosity and creative flair.

Commenting on this year’s festival, organiser and violinist Tobie Medland remarked, “The Gypsy Jazz Festival of London celebrates the enduring legacy and vibrant evolution of Gypsy Jazz. We are thrilled to present such an exceptional lineup of musicians who continue to push the boundaries of this beloved genre.”

Gypsy jazz may have been born in Paris back in the 1930s with artists like Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, but its high energy, sophisticated style and virtuosic demands has kept its popularity with audiences and musicians alike.  As jazz fans around the world know all too well, the much talked-about London scene is in rude health. GJFL aims not just to entertain those existing converts of the style, but to show the wider community how gypsy jazz is still evolving and sounding fresh a century later.

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