Elsewhere, Latin America sets the pace - as it has for much of the year. Tonight, again at the RFH, trumpet star Roy Hargrove continues his exploration of the style featured on his hugely enjoyable Verve album Habana.
Meanwhile, across town, at Brentford's Watermans Arts Centre, Sierra Maestra serve up a sizzling sauce based on "son", the idiom that is a key ingredient of salsa and enjoying rising interest thanks to Ry Cooder's acclaimed collaborations earlier this year.
But perhaps the festival's most enticing offering of the week is the series of dates at Pizza Express (Dean Street W1 branch) from Tuesday, featuring the pianist Danilo Perez. As the title of his recent Impulse CD Panamonk suggests, he is a Panamanian doing his take on Thelonious Monk - and what a take it is. All the choppy, sometimes disturbing rhythms associated with the great man are there - but given a large dash of Latin zest. And, since Perez is a young performer who has already had a stint with that great showman Dizzy Gillespie, audiences can expect a lively evening.
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