Canary Wharf Jazz Festival Aug 13 to 16 plus Tom Cawley's picks


Here is the full programme listing for the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival. It's on next weekend in Canada Square Park (above).

There are lunchtimes on Thursday and Friday, and the early evening of Friday. On Saturday and Sunday it gets going at 1pm, and the music goes through to mid-evening. And it's all free.

People working in Canary Wharf- especially those starting new jobs on Monday, Philip - should check out pianist Tom Cawley's band Curios , with Sam Burgess on bass and Josh Blackmore on drums, on Friday lunchtime. I've been picking up quite a buzz about Cawley's playing standing in for Ronnie Scott's Music Director James Pearson recently. And Telegraph critic Ivan Hewett heard them last December and here are his typically thoughtful musings. Cawley tells me he's performing some new compositions for a CD due to be recorded next month. As Hewett says, you never know quite where he's going to get inspiration from next...

Chatting on the phone to Tom Cawley is fun, he's a live wire. And his Twitter page is highly entertainig. We skimmed through the rest of the programme. What else did we like? Cawley's a big fan of the Twelves Trio, with saxophonist Mark Hanslip and bassist Riaan Vosloo. If you fancy it, get there for 1pm on Saturday to hear them.sBirmingham Jazz have a podcast to check out Twelves Trio.

Other names we talked about were Gilad Atzmon, whose irrepressible energy will bring proceedings to a close on Saturday evening, and the ever-fascinating eclectic Soweto Kinch, whose quartet is on at 2.45 on Sunday.

Cawley is a Grand Prix nut, and was excited to learn that Canary Wharf do live Grand Prix relays on a giant screen.

All sounds like fun.....I hope the Canary Wharf organisers get a continuation of the good weather.


  1. Thanks for the tips. I'll do my best to make it to the Friday lunchtime gig. Philip

  2. I'm a definite fan, having been for the last 2 jazz festivals at Canary Wharf! The first one was because I could see the performances through my office window, so went down to have a look and was hooked; the second time I actually moved companies so had to trek down specially for it, but it was worth it!

    If anyone's interested, there's a full lineup over the 3 days here:

  3. Thanks Boon,
    Do write in a comment or review when you've been.

    Thanks for the link. The full listing is also in a link in the first line of the piece above (?)

  4. Romy Summers has also written in:

    Also Tom Cawley will be at Cadogan Hall's Out to Lunch free lunchtime concert this Thursday at 12.30

    Thanks Romy!