Vijay Iyer Sextet and Julian Lage jive to Jazz Cafe


Having reopened its doors in January 2016, following a multi-million-pound refit by new owners The Columbo Group, Camden's Jazz Cafe marks its second anniversary year by continuing its strong jazz programming with a bumper crop of names throughout the summer and into autumn.

Chief among the many highlights are appearances by much-lauded piano luminary Vijay Iyer and his world-class Sextet (pictured above left, 8 Jul); nimble drum maestro Nate Smith (12 Jul) and a star-studded Indo jazz night with Upaj (Indian Jazz) with Sarathy Korwar and Yorkston Thorne Khan (13 Jul). Further essential nights include the welcome return of guitar maestro Julian Lage (above right, 17 Jul); the dub-heavy collaboration between Sly & Robbie and trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær (24 and 25 July) and emerging harp talent Tori Hansley, who plays the music of Alice Coltrane (28 Jul).

Early autumn nights worth catching include saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi's SEED Ensemble (2 Oct); iconic pianist/composer Carla Bley (30 Oct); Pat Metheny drum don Antonio Sanchez (23 Nov); ultra-hip US drummer Makaya McCraven (23 Nov) and fusion-funkateers Native Dancer Play Weather Report (8 Dec).

Mike Flynn

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