This special Festival double-bill celebrates two defining figures in contemporary jazz.
In a career spanning nearly seven decades, 'Jazz's greatest living guitarist' (Jazz Times) Jim Hall has worked with Sonny Rollins, Art Farmer, Bill Evans, Paul Desmond and Ron Carter. With each new project, he reveals yet another facet of himself, not just as a player and composer, but also as a collaborator and explorer.
Hall's influence continues to shape the work of jazz's top guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, and has left a lasting mark on the music of this generation, and generations to come.
'Jim Hall is the reigning master of the jazz guitar. This poetic player says more with fewer notes than any living improviser.' The New Yorker
Kenny Wheeler and one of the great big bands make a rare London appearance, performing from their latest CD- and the first recording for this band in 20 years - 'The Long Waiting'. Originally written to commemorate Wheeler's 80th birthday in January 2010, this music has not yet been performed in London. An opportunity to witness a true master at work in an all-star big band.