Saxophonist Evan Parker has been named as one of the recipients of this year’s Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards For Artists. Five visual artists and three composers in all were presented with cheques for £15,000 each, the first of three annual payments totalling £45,000. The Awards support artists at critical moments in their careers, enabling them to focus on their work and develop creatively. The other winners were: Duncan Campbell, Marcus Coates, Simon Martin, Terry Smith and Alison Wilding, Emily Howard, and Janek Schaefer.

The London Jazz Festival gets under way tomorrow and there’s no messing about from the get-go, with a wealth of gigs on the opening day of the festival which runs through until Sunday week. Tomorrow’s offerings include the big Jazz Voice gala at the Barbican, Britten Sinfonia with Dhafer Youssef and Joanna MacGregor at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vincent Herring at Ronnie’s, Keith Tippett at the Purcell Room, Ken Vandermark at the Vortex, Femi Kuti at the Festival Hall and the London Sinfonietta with Arve Henriksen and Iain Ballamy at King’s Place. For all the festival details and how to book go to www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk

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