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PUBLISHED: 12:35 16 August 2010 | UPDATED: 15:11 24 August 2010

A birthday celebration will highlight the best in music as jazz trailblazer Sonny Rollins invites lovers of the genre to his 80th party, writes Andy McCorkell. The jazz legend – in the truest sense of the word – celebrates his birthday at the Barbican

A birthday celebration will highlight the best in music as jazz trailblazer Sonny Rollins invites lovers of the genre to his 80th party, writes Andy McCorkell.

The jazz legend - in the truest sense of the word - celebrates his birthday at the Barbican during the London Jazz Festival on November 20.

Sonny Rollins the festival's guest star for a second year running; this one-off allows fans to help celebrate his 80th birthday in style. Sonny and his band will play material cherry-picked from six decades in jazz providing an opportunity to look back at his breathtaking music career.

The London Jazz Festival, in association with BBC Radio 3, puts its first shows on sale, as a taste of the capital's biggest pan-city music festival. The festival returns for its annual 10-day celebration of jazz from Friday 12 to Sunday 21 of November.

On sale are all four concerts in the EFG International Excellence Series: the opening night celebration Jazz Voice, Sonny Rollins celebrating his 80th birthday, flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía and Italian legend Paolo Conte.

Jazzers can also book to see the European premiere of Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman's new project Highway Rider with Britten Sinfonia, rising star Esperanza Spalding, French pianist Martial Solal and a three-day residency from The Bad Plus marking their 10th birthday.

Guitarist and Spanish national treasure Paco de Lucía returns to London with a thrilling ensemble of musicians and dancers. While firmly grounded in his traditional roots Lucia is a leading proponent of modern flamenco, and one of very few who has successfully crossed over into classical music and jazz. His intense and explosive flamenco rhythms move into adventurous flurries of jazz improvisation - merging traditional and modern.

Cult heroine, rising star, bass prodigy and jazz vocalist, Esperanza Spalding blends jazz improvisation and funk with scat singing and deep bass lines. For this one-off UK

performance she premieres Chamber Music Society in a new and richly textured work of string arrangements and vocals.


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