THE 29th Ealing Jazz Festival gets under way tonight (Tuesday) and organisers are hoping to make this year’s bash one of the best ever.
Some of the best musicians in the borough and beyond will be gathering for the annual event, a staple of Ealing’s cultural calendar.
Dick Esmond, a West Ealing-based jazz drummer who has overseen the festival since its inception said: "I’m feeling very good about it, we’ve got a great bunch of people playing this year and a lot of bands and acts led by local people.
"We don’t operate any kind of ‘star’ system for this festival. Just because someone is playing at the end of the day doesn’t mean they’re necessarily bigger or more deserving than the other acts, it’s simply that they play music which might be better suited to a night-time crowd.
"It feels unfair to single out any one act as a highlight of the festival but there are some performances we are really looking forward to."
The festival will kick off with a ‘Jazz ‘n’ Hog Roast Party’ at The Drayton Court Hotel in The
Avenue, West Ealing, from 7pm on Tuesday.
Acts will then perform until Sunday night, with Mr Esmond’s big band The Sound Of 17 bringing the
event to a close in Walpole Park on July 28.
He said: "Tickets are £4 and £5, which is a great deal for the amount of music that people will be getting. My message to Ealing would be ‘come on and support the greatest show on Earth, or at least the greatest show in the borough’."
For tickets and other information, visit www.ealingsummerfestivals.com .