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20 November 2012 | Music | By: TimW

In Pictures: London Jazz Festival 2012

In Pictures: London Jazz Festival 2012
Norwegian saxophone legend Jan Garbarek played the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Image by Edu Hawkins
Norwegian saxophone legend Jan Garbarek played the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Image by Edu Hawkins
Garbarek and band, swathed in colour. Image by Edu Hawkins
Garbarek and band, swathed in colour. Image by Edu Hawkins
Drummer Jack DeJohnette is jazz royalty, caught here in mid-flow by Edu Hawkins
Drummer Jack DeJohnette is jazz royalty, caught here in mid-flow by Edu Hawkins
Saxophonist Don Byron, who was playing in Jack DeJohnette's gig. Image by Edu Hawkins
Saxophonist Don Byron, who was playing in Jack DeJohnette's gig. Image by Edu Hawkins
American folk singer-songwriter Rodriguez, by Edu Hawkins
American folk singer-songwriter Rodriguez, by Edu Hawkins
And with guitar... Image by Edu Hawkins
And with guitar... Image by Edu Hawkins
Egberto Gismonti performs at the London Jazz Festival
Egberto Gismonti performs at the London Jazz Festival

After 10 days and nearly 300 gigs at dozens of venues, the exhausting London Jazz Festival closed on Sunday. It is great news for the jazz world that the festival continues to grow and flourish, taking over a bit more of the capital each year.

Organisers are reporting excellent ticket sales, right from the headline events at the Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall down to pubs and clubs all around town.

Featuring images from just a handful of shows from the festival, this selection taken for Londonist nevertheless captures the spirit and intensity of improvising musicians from all over the world. Roll on next year.

Images of Esperanza Spalding, Seckou Keita and Paco de Lucía by José Farinha.

Images of  Jan Garbarek, Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, Rodriguez, and Egberto Gismonti by Edu Hawkins.

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