Two Australians, a Filipino, a German and two Americans have made it through to the final of the London International Jazz Competition for Vocalists following their victory at the semi-final stage held last weekend at London's Vortex club.

Next month sees the return of one of the biggest European celebrations of latin music. La Linea – the London Latin Music Festival – takes place throughout London from 1-28 April with a mind boggling array of latin styles featuring some of the leading bands from around the world.

Juliet Kelly is one of the few UK jazz singers in recent years to have managed to carve out a distinctive style in a very overcrowded field. From the very start of her career, Juliet has developed her own songs and has not been afraid to tackle unlikely material to develop in her own style.

Once the musical director on Errol Flynn's yacht the Zaka, saxophonist Andy Hamilton, a mainstay of jazz in the west Midlands for over 50 years, celebrates his 88th birthday at a special party at Bearwood Corks Club, Smethwick, Birmingham on 23 March with guest US tenor saxophone star Scott Hamilton. Andy's regular band, the Blue Notes, are also set to perform with the saxophonist plus the Tony Richards Trio. For more info phone 0121 429 2091

If you're kicking your heels in the west end on the evening of Thursday 16 March you could do yourself a favour by checking out the latest jam session presented by Gary Crosby at the Spice of Life, Cambridge Circus, in the heart of London's theatre district.

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