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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Dianne Reeves; National Youth Jazz Orchestra; folk collection; celebrating angels; Bach at St Pancras Church

22 March, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Dianne Reeves

Five-times Grammy-Award winner Dianne Reeves is making her Wigmore Hall debut this Friday evening (March 23), performing a selection from her award-winning albums. “A logical successor to Dinah Washington and Carmen McRae (although even she cannot reach the impossible heights of Ella or Sarah Vaughan), Reeves is a superior interpreter of lyrics and a skilled scat singer,” one noted commentator said of her. Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, W1, 7.30pm, from £15, 020 7935 2141,

• Expect to be dazzled by an array of gifted young musicians playing big band jazz classics in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s spring concert at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, this Saturday (March 24). Showcasing their work this term will be NYJO’s two big bands, the NYJO Academy Big Band and the NYJO Jazz Ensemble. Auditorium @ Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road, Soho, 12 noon, adults £5/children free

• A huge volume of folk song material in this country and the USA collected by John Madison Carpenter between 1927 and 1943 is now being made available online at Cecil Sharp House (CSH). The online venture is being marked by a special free CSH next Tuesday evening (March 27). Perform­ing are the CSH Choir, New Camden Jazz Ensemble, Scotland’s The Mearns Singers and the London Youth Folk Ensemble. 40,000 miles in Quest of Tradition: Celebration of Carpenter Folk Online, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY. 7pm, free, 020 7485 2206,

• A programme of pieces for voices and solo violin celebra­ting angels is being performed at Kings Place on Wednesday (March 28) by the queen of baroque violin, Rachel Podger, and the Voces8 a cappella octet. Guardian Angels, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1, 7.30pm, from £9.50 online, 020 7520 1490,

• London violin teacher and recitalist Anete Graudina is playing pieces by Bach and Kreisler at St Pancras Church, Euston Road, next Thursday lunchtime (March 28). St Pancras Parish Church, Euston Road, NW1, 1.15pm, free

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