Guardian Music Choice: Jazza Festival, London

Jazza Festival, London

Robert Wyatt Robert Wyatt. Photograph: Eamonn Mccabe

The inimitable British singer-songwriter Robert Wyatt has had a devoted audience for years, and one that crosses many musical territories. Wyatt's unique downbeat chorister sound is currently being connected to the most unexpected of repertoires for him – the Great American Songbook – and as well as being a benefit and consciousness-raiser for the people of Gaza, the Jazza festival is the launchpad for his new album, For The Ghost Within, a compelling blend of haunting vocal treatments and inspirational arrangement. Wyatt doesn't sing live any more, so the formidable Cleveland Watkiss takes his place in this glittering lineup, alongside Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble and the Sigamos Strings, plus the Jazza All-Stars (with saxophonist Peter King and Polar Bear's Seb Rochford), singer Sarah Gillespie, folk luminaries Rory Mcleoud and the Unthank Sisters, and more.

The Scala, N1, Tue, Wed



Jazza Music Festival 12 & 13 October 2010 @ THE SCALA

275 Pentonville Road, London