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Explore our Festival guide to find out what’s on where and when, and read more in-depth features about this year’s programme. To listen to the latest music from Festival artists and for all the latest news, head to our website and follow us on social media: londonjazzfestival @LondonJazzFest @LondonJazzFest


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LISTINGS What’s on where and when

27 INSIDER’S GUIDE A closer look at the artists and themes within the Festival

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WELCOME TO THIS, OUR BIRTHDAY YEAR – WE’RE CELEBRATING THE 25TH EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL. The Festival returns to the city in November, for ten days jam-packed with heavyweight musical talent from across the globe, bringing a wealth of international legends to London’s concert halls – with new music, emerging British stars and outstanding collaborations all added into the mix. We’re London’s largest music festival, with more than 350 performances in 60 venues, so come and join us on a journey, a voyage of musical discovery: the past, present and future of jazz. We have a full range of the genre’s talent for you – from jazz masters flexing their chops at the concert halls to new talent ripping it up at the clubs, plus a whole host of work aimed at families and young people. A lot of our events are free, too – these are marked in the listings. Support your local jazz club and visit a glitzy concert hall. Follow the music wherever it takes you – a late-night hang is recommended – and wake up with the buzz of last night’s fun in your head.


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Culture is in the DNA of London, and live music plays a special role in bringing audiences and communities together across our great city. The EFG London Jazz Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a programme that is more exciting and diverse than ever. This is the chance to experience and discover music in an array of venues, from London’s famous jazz clubs to our renowned concert halls. I’m delighted that a quarter of the shows on offer are either free or created for families, bringing world-class jazz to new audiences. Music matters, and makes a vital contribution to the life and soul of London. So I would encourage everyone to explore the city fully and take part in London’s vibrant music scene this autumn. Great international festivals such as this show that London is open to creativity and to people from across the world. Sadiq Khan Mayor of London


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andmarks come and go – and this year’s 25th Festival offers an opportunity not just to reflect back on the Festival itself, but also to celebrate the dynamic that connects the jazz generations. As past heroes pass on to the great jazz club in the sky, the ability of the music to reinvigorate and reinvent its own traditions becomes more and more evident. In a year where the centenary of the first jazz recordings marks but one stage in a history that stretches much further back, the Festival – in its own quartercentury year – marks jazz past and present. And – as Festivals should – it also enters the jazz clairvoyant’s tent, gazing into the crystal ball, finding the movers and shakers who are treading the pathways that will steer us into the future, in the true spirit of a music that thrives on innovation and new energy. 2017 is an especially rich year for centenaries, and, of course, memories of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Lena Horne will be invoked throughout the Festival, in club and concert hall alike. But it’s the wayward genius of Thelonious Monk, perhaps the most enigmatic talent to emerge from the maelstrom of bebop in the ‘40s, that resonates through the final weekend of the Festival especially. Other echoes abound – the spiritual and creative legacy of Alice and John Coltrane, and the iconic, genre-crossing inspiration of Miles Davis. Respect for departed masters is a crucial part of jazz lore, but it’s equally important to recognise the evergreen talents of artists who themselves represent the journey of the music through different cultures and continents. This year’s Festival includes artists who have changed the course of jazz over the past six decades, still playing at the height of their considerable powers. From the Americas, the massively influential Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller and the doyen of Cuban jazz, Chucho Valdés; and from this side of the Atlantic, a clutch of innovative spirits whose role in the emergence of a distinctively European approach to jazz is undoubted – Karin Krog, Tomasz Stańko, John Surman and Henri Texier. At the other end of the timeline, there is a freshness that is arguably more diverse and open than ever. The artists of today and tomorrow, in venues where jazz rubs shoulders with a range of music that is reflective of a changing world. Jazz occupies a special place in London. Over the decades, the jazz community has connected with the myriad cultures that form an essential part of the city’s fabric. During the Festival’s ten days, you’ll find it in venues large and small, in cinemas and art galleries, on the airwaves and online – and playing to all ages, from Jazz for Toddlers to a dedicated audience who have lived with jazz for most of their lives. Explore and enjoy.

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TALENTED As well as being the producers of the EFG London Jazz Festival, Serious works around the country, developing talent, stimulating audiences, devising learning and participation projects, delivering tours and working in partnership with a host of national festivals, venues and organisations. This support of artistic talent is a crucial part of Serious’ portfolio and Arts Council England is proud to support the diverse output from one of the world’s outstanding music producers. Keep an eye out for Shirley Tetteh – one of the UK’s rising stars and participant in Take Five, one of Serious’ talent development programmes – across the Festival. Shirley is part of Maisha who are supporting Christian Scott at Electric Ballroom, as well as playing in Croydon’s Stanley Halls – and she will also be hosting with Heidi Heidelberg (who was on Take Five in 2010) Way In To The Way Out, the Festival’s celebrated talk series that introduces a whole new audience to jazz.













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Listings Friday 10 November

Miles Mosley

Moses Boyd – Exodus

Pat Metheny

Barbican / FreeStage, 10am FREE Chris Philips kicks off Jazz FM’s live coverage of this year’s Festival, with a selection of guests and performances.

Jazz Cafe, 7pm One of the torchbearers for the new school of UK jazz, drummer and producer Moses Boyd follows the release of his lauded album with Binker Golding with his ‘frighteningly skilled’ (Boiler Room) band of kindred spirits.

Jazz for Toddlers

Leïla Martial

Tomasz Stańko + Partikel

Jazz FM Live

Southbank Centre / Level 5 Function Room, 11am FAMILY/TAKE PART Our hit workshop series returns with Chris Sharkey and Heidi Heidelberg proving you are never too young to love jazz. Ages 2-5.

Live at Zédel, 7pm Award-winning French singer inhabits a captivating sonic universe, new wave jazz and rock amidst a flurry of vocal madness. UK debut of a singular new voice.

Jazz for Toddlers

Southbank Centre / Level 5 Function Room, 1.30pm FAMILY/TAKE PART See 11am for details.


Weekend Guitar Trio


Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 5.30pm FREE Ten of the UK’s leading female musicians combine in a fascinating new initiative playing new music from women composers representing a breadth and diversity that crosses generations and cultural backgrounds.

Visualising Music

Manu Dibango & the Soul Makossa Gang

Ronnie Scott’s, 7pm Quite possibly the world’s grooviest octogenarian returns to London, his inimitable saxophone sound – immortalised on his timeless 1972 hit Soul Makossa – at the heart of a band that shifts seamlessly between Africa and the Caribbean.

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Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko and New York trio of pianist David Virelles, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gerald Cleaver, produce darkly atmospheric soundscapes as featured on their new ECM recording, December Avenue. Opening set from Duncan Eagles’ absorbing trio, now augmented by Ant Law’s subtle guitar-tronics.


Barbican / FreeStage, 5.30pm FREE Beguiling soundscapes that encompass jazz, traditional music and striking electronic textures feed into this Estonian trio’s ‘sophisticated form of ambient music’ (London Jazz).

Royal Academy of Arts, 6.30pm Artists from Club Inégales combine with improvising player/composers Kim Macari and Raymond MacDonald to explore the art of the graphic score, in response to the dynamic that brought Jasper Johns – subject of a major Royal Academy autumn exhibition – and John Cage together in the ‘60s.

Barbican, 7.30pm SOLD OUT The melodic force and free-wheeling, joyous drive that has been a hallmark of Pat Metheny’s music since the 1970s continues with his new quartet, with Gwilym Simcock, Linda Oh and Antonio Sanchez.

Jazz Voice – festival opening gala

Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm Seal, Liane Carroll, Mica Paris, Miles Mosley, Tony Momrelle and Vanessa Haynes lead the field in the tenth year of Jazz Voice. Guy Barker’s orchestra and host Jumoké Fashola team up with eight of today’s most individual vocalists to open the Festival in matchless style. Songs that stretch down the decades, a mix of established stars and fresh new talent, and always an element of surprise to catch the spirit of the moment.

The times shown for concert venues are when performances begin. The times shown for clubs are a good indication of when you can expect the music to begin, but remember that the doors usually open earlier, so get there early if you want a good spot. About two-thirds of the shows in the Festival sell out in advance, so we strongly recommend advance bookings. Full addresses and contact information for all venues is on our website. Please note, some venues may have age restrictions or may require food or drinks purchases on entry – please check with the venue before booking. Some of the smaller venues have limited facilities for people with disabilities – please check with the venue before booking. The right is reserved to alter the advertised programme. This guide goes to press in August, so there are always a few changes during the autumn. Please check for changes and updates. If you don’t feel you are treated well by any venue, please send an email to so that we can try to put things right for other people.

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Michael Janisch Band + Henry Spencer’s Juncture + Zhenya Strigalev’s Never

Rich Mix, 8pm Whirlwind head honcho Michael Janisch unveils a terrific Stateside Quartet, with guitarist Rez Abbasi featured. A heavyweight triple-bill is completed by precocious trumpeter Henry Spencer‘s invigorating band, and saxophonist Strigalev’s zany group, which combines ‘hip jazz virtuosity and surrealism’ (Guardian).

Pixel + Tori Handsley

Spice of Life, 8pm Leading Norwegian powerhouse indie-jazz ensemble play two Spice of Life shows – tonight’s guests are the Tori Handsley Trio.

Nicole Henry

The Other Palace, 8pm From Miami, the UK debut of the outstanding soul, blues and jazz singer Nicole Henry with the Chris Ingham Quartet.

Nache + Alexandra Ridout

Keith Tippett Octet + duet with Matthew Bourne

Kings Place / Hall 1, 7.30pm Brilliant improviser and innovative composer, Keith Tippett continues to break new ground. The premiere of a duo with fellow pianist Matthew Bourne – one of the most provocatively talented artists of a later generation – alongside the octet featured on his recording The Nine Dreams of Patrick Gonogon. Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

Bill Charlap & Stephen Keogh – Here’s to Louis

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 7.30pm A celebration of the great Irish jazz guitarist Louis Stewart, featuring legendary pianist Bill Charlap and Colin Oxley on guitar.

Green Note, 8.30pm Roots Manuva collaborator Edward Wakili Hick’s band Nache and a strong quintet led by BBC Young Jazz Musician 2016 trumpeter Alexandra Ridout.

Camila Meza

Pheasantry, 8.30pm Hotly tipped Chilean singer and guitarist makes her debut UK appearance playing material from her Sunnyside album Traces.

Fini Bearman + Hannes Riepler

Vortex, 8.30pm Singer and composer Fini Bearman will be performing songs from her third album Burn the Boat together with her quintet. Hannes Riepler’s quartet combines the immediacy of New York’s Downtown style with classical and folk textures.

Tony Kofi & The Organisation

Crypt Camberwell, 9pm Tony Kofi & The Organisation is a Hammond quartet in the classic tradition, playing material from their forthcoming album Point Blank.

Emily Saunders + Georgia Mancio: The Voice Mix Live at Zédel, 9pm Singer, songwriter and producer Emily Saunders and guest Georgia Mancio bring a heady blend of Latin-infused grooves with drum & bass and infectious melodies to The Voice Mix.

Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly

Bull’s Head Barnes, 8.30pm Classic jazz funk from the ‘70s and ‘80s, played by some of the leading exponents of the genre.

Hideaway, 9pm Legendary funk saxophonist and James Brown bandleader celebrates the 50th anniversary of Cold Sweat, featuring ‘Sweet’ Charles Sherell as special guest.

Valentine’s Night

Dice Factory + Lloyd Haines

Groove Warriors

IKLECTIK, 8.30pm Featuring vocalist Segun, acclaimed pianistguitarist Art Terry and versatile drummer J.T Taylor, Valentine’s Night collaborate with bassist-songwriter Philip A. Rojas.

Con Cellar Bar, 9pm Dice Factory are inspired by the chance theory of The Dice Man, and drummer Lloyd Haines leads a quartet playing Coltrane and Wayne Shorter.


Basquiat and Jazz – Black Top and guests

LSO St Luke’s, 7.30pm Radical guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly, spoken word artist Anthony Joseph, and trumpeter Byron Wallen join Orphy Robinson, Pat Thomas and writer Francesco Martinelli to explore a cultural dynamic that links jazz with the vividly resonant images of Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose work is celebrated in the first large-scale exhibition in the UK; Boom for Real at the Barbican from 21 September. Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

IDMC Choir – Gospel Meets Jazz

Croydon Minster, 7.30pm This great gospel choir perform in a stunning gothic church for a night of uplifting vocals exploring the jazz songbook, including Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess.

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Lenore Raphael, Wayne Wilkinson, Chris Hodgkins, Alison Rayner

Yakaza Ensemble

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 1.30pm Pianist Lenore Raphael, US guitarist Wayne Wilkinson and trumpeter/composer Chris Hodgkins are joined by bass player Alison Rayner in a set of originals and standards.

Barbican / FreeStage, 6pm FREE With their resonant mix of traditional and western instruments, Yakaza evoke ancient traditions as well as contemporary sounds, collaborating with Turkish visual artists and Japanese DJs to create a hypnotic alchemy.

Jazz for Toddlers


Rich Mix, 1.30pm FAMILY/TAKE PART See Friday 10 November at 11am for details.

BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-up

Imaani + Noel McCalla

606 Club, 9.30pm Two of the UK’s most powerful soul singers, Imaani and Noel McCalla, in one great night of groove.

The Dissolute Society & Joshua Idehen

Vortex / Downstairs, 11.30pm The Dissolute Society explores contemporary improvisation, European jazz, poetry, spoken word, song and soulful grooves, and music by Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor.

BBC Jazz Now

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 11pm FREE Special Festival live edition of the BBC Radio 3 show, with Soweto Kinch hosting live music from international Festival guests. Tickets are free but must be reserved via the BBC website.

Manu Dibango & the Soul Makossa Gang Ronnie Scott’s, 11pm See 7pm for details.

Saturday 11 November Jazz FM Live

Barbican / FreeStage, 10am FREE Nigel Williams brings his regular Saturday programme live from the FreeStage with exclusive live performances and interviews, simulcast on Jazz FM.

The Impact of Jazz: Britain in the ‘20s and ‘30s

Southbank Centre / Level 5 Function Room, 10.30am – 5pm FREE/TALKS University of Liverpool’s Head of Music Professor Catherine Tackley presents a day of discussions on how the arrival of jazz impacted Britain in the 1920s and ‘30s, from art and design to everyday domestic life. Full details of timings and speakers available on

Jazz for Toddlers

Rich Mix, 11am FAMILY/TAKE PART See Friday 10 November at 11am for details.

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Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 2pm-7pm FREE Live session hosted by Kevin Le Gendre and recorded for future broadcast.

Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Barbican, 2.30pm ‘Tossing sly musical one-liners back and forth’ (New York Times), the meeting of Irakere’s Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba unites the leading exponents of the great Cuban piano tradition.

Alexandra & Tom Ridout

The Other Palace, 3pm Another Alexandra Ridout concert (see also Friday 10 November), this time with her brother on saxophone and the Gareth Williams Trio.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Jazz and the Image

Barbican Cinema, 4pm Roger Vadim’s controversial 1959 movie features a signature score from Thelonious Monk, finally released in full this year to critical acclaim. As well as the Monk score – ‘as thoughtprovoking as anything he recorded in that prodigious year’ (Pitchfork), the soundtrack also features Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Vortex / Downstairs, 6pm Taking their cue from Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd’s 1960s explorations, Hans Koller and Martin Speake mark the Monk centenary in a set that’s comforting, dreamy and dangerous in equal parts.

Manu Dibango & the Soul Makossa Gang

Ronnie Scott’s, 7pm See Friday 10 November at 7pm for details.

Average White Band + LaSharVu

Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm Back in the ‘70s, jazz-funk fired up dancefloors and concert halls worldwide. AWB were in the front line, and their command of soul and groove remains unsurpassed. Opening set from the vocal powerhouse that is LaSharVu.

Zakir Hussain – Crosscurrents with Dave Holland and Chris Potter Barbican, 7.30pm Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain is among the world’s most charismatic live performers. His newest collaboration explores how jazz influenced the popular music of India, combining Indian artists who embraced jazz in the ‘50s with two of today’s major jazz soloists. Zakir Hussain

Andy Sheppard + Kadri Voorand & Mikhel Mälgand Kings Place / Hall 1, 4pm EXTRA SHOW Sheppard’s graceful saxophones weave through Eivind Aarset’s guitar and the skittering patterns of Michel Benita and Sebastian Rochford. The vocal magic of Estonia’s Kadri Voorand with bassist Mikhel Mälgand open the concert.

Bilal Karaman

Barbican / FreeStage, 5pm FREE In his own words, Bilal Karaman takes a ‘near east approach to jazz guitar’, echoing the jazz guitar masters with a distinctively eastern Mediterranean quality to his improvisations. The first set in a double bill that reflects the individual qualities in today’s Turkish jazz scene.

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Michael Wollny, Andreas Schaerer, Vincent Peirani, Émile Parisien + Adam Bałdych and Helge Lien Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm A stellar double bill marks the 25th year of ACT Records’ championing of the sheer range of jazz in Europe. A veritable supergroup of pianist Wollny, accordionist Peirani, saxophonist Parisien, and Schaerer’s extraordinary vocal gymnastics play opposite the meeting of Polish violinist Bałdych and the nuanced trio of Norwegian pianist Helge Lien.

Andy Sheppard + Kadri Voorand & Mikhel Mälgand Kings Place / Hall 1, 7.30pm See 4pm for details.

Howe Gelb Piano Trio

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 7.30pm Producer, pianist, mastermind of Giant Sand, Howe Gelb’s new album Future Standards sees him delve into the art of the jazz standard.

Soothsayers + Arun Ghosh + Lokkhi Terra

Rich Mix, 8pm World jazz hits the Rich Mix stage – the deeply soulful afro-dub grooves of Soothsayers; Lokkhi Terra’s journey from the melas of Bangladesh, to Habana, Lagos and the streets of London, and clarinet dynamo Arun Ghosh brings his latest take on Indo-jazz to complete a mighty triple bill.

Jazz in the Round

Kings Place / Hall 2, 8pm Jez Nelson hosts a special Festival edition of the monthly club that delves into the riches of today’s UK jazz scene.

Nicole Henry

The Other Palace, 8pm See Friday 10 November at 8pm for details.

Pixel + Corrie Dick

Spice of Life, 8pm Leading Norwegian powerhouse indie-jazz ensemble play two Spice of Life shows – tonight’s guests are the Corrie Dick Trio.

Huw Warren: Trio Brasil + Dave Smith

Vortex, 8pm Trio Brasil is pianist Huw Warren’s love affair with the music of Brazil, re-interpreting classics by Hermeto Pascoal, Jobim, Joyce and Egberto Gismonti. Plus a rare solo set from Robert Plant’s drummer, Dave Smith.

The Beat Goes On

Pheasantry, 8.30pm A new show featuring Trudy Kerr, Sarah Moule, Simon Wallace and Geoff Gascoyne, celebrating songs by Bob Dorough, Blossom Dearie, Fran Landesman and Dave Frishberg.

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Maciek Pysz & Daniele di Bonaventura + Krzysztof Kobyliński Polish Jazz Cafe POSK, 8.30pm Maciek Pysz and Daniele di Bonaventura explore guitar and bandoneon soundscapes, while Polish pianist Krzysztof Kobyliński opens the concert.

Native Dancer

Tank & The Bangas

Jazz Cafe, 9.30pm Led by Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball and her fiery, commanding vocals, Tank and the Bangas have impressed the world with their theatrical funk, soul, hip hop, jazz and spoken word freshness.

John Martin – The Hidden Notes

The Albany, 8.30pm ‘Native Dancer is a refreshing burst of imagination, uniqueness, and purpose in a crowded electro-fusion landscape’ – Afropunk sums up Native Dancer’s appeal.

Oliver’s Jazz Bar, 9.30pm Saxophonist and composer John Martin has spent years exploring the soundworld of saxophone multiphonics and overtones patterns, culminating in his second album The Hidden Notes.


Saxophone Summit

Katriona Taylor – Brazilian Passions

Howe Gelb Piano Trio

IKLECTIK, 8.30pm Dark, astringent music from Spanish piano trio newly signed to Cuneiform for their album Bye. Bull’s Head Barnes, 8.30pm Latin jazz vocalist Katriona Taylor celebrates Sérgio Mendes and Jobim – sambas crossed with jazz, funk and classic bossa nova.

Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly

Hideaway, 9pm See Friday 10 November at 9pm for details.

Paul Dunmall, Liam Noble, John Edwards, Mark Sanders

Crypt Camberwell, 9pm Four exceptional musicians with a reputation as an outstanding spontaneous quartet explore the places where melody, improvisation and rhythm meet.

Kirk Lightsey

Live at Zédel, 9.15pm Pianist Kirk Lightsey’s trio is grooving and soulful, yet lyrical, exploring new voicings and textures. Now 80, he continues to be a fabulous entertainer.

606 Club, 9.30pm A special four-saxophone frontline of Peter King, Alex Hitchcock, Trish Clowes and Vasilis Xenopoulos, backed by the Robin Aspland trio. PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 10.30pm See 7.30pm for details.

Manu Dibango & the Soul Makossa Gang

Ronnie Scott’s, 11pm See Friday 10 November at 7pm for details.

Jazz2Rocksteady with Tony Kofi

Vortex, 11.30pm FREE Soulful jazz, reggae and rocksteady, led by pianist Bruno Heinen with Larry Bartley on bass, Winston Clifford on drums and special guest saxophonist Tony Kofi.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes: Late-night sessions

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, midnight Vocalist, emcee, showman – Michael Mwenso brings his fast-moving revue, with top-of-the range singers and instrumental fireworks, from its New York home at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s club Dizzy’s. Sophistication and flair guaranteed.

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Next Generation Takes Over – Classical Meets Jazz

Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 1.15pm FREE Run by Serious, Hackney Music Service and the LSO, Classical Meets Jazz brings young musicians from East London together with professionals to explore the spaces between genres.

Trudy Kerr + Dave O’Higgins

Spice of Life, 1.30pm Trudy Kerr is a well-established Australian jazz vocalist – she will be inviting vocal guests and joining forces with saxophonist Dave O’Higgins.

Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra Haywood Sisters

Sunday 12 November Jazz for Kids: Jazz Origins

Royal Albert Hall / Elgar Room, 11am FAMILY The Royal Albert Hall’s Albert’s Band give a whistlestop tour through the origins of jazz for children – buggies, babies and budding musicians all welcome.

Help Musicians UK – Gender Equality in Jazz: Changing perceptions

Southbank Centre / Level 5 Function Room, 11am FREE/TALK Chaired by award-winning jazz composer and producer Issie Barratt, fellows from HMUK’s Jazz Promoters Fellowship programme will discuss gender equality in the sector.

Trish Clowes and the BBC Concert Orchestra – Is This Jazz? Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall, midday FAMILY This family show asks – what’s jazz and where do we find it? Hear the Orchestra playing with saxophonist Trish Clowes, sing along and take part in body percussion.

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

Help Musicians UK – Music Minds Matter

Southbank Centre / Level 5 Function Room, 12.30pm FREE/TALK Chaired by HMUK, the panel will explore the music industry’s response to mental health, following on the launch of #MusicMindsMatter, HMUK’s 24/7 mental health service.

Salena Jones

Ronnie Scott’s, 1pm Growing up and hanging out with the heroes of bebop, singing with Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton no less, Salena Jones has been a fixture on the UK scene since she first hit Ronnie’s back in the mid ‘60s.

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606 Club, 1.30pm Commanding enormous respect for his great playing and his compositional originality, Stan Sulzmann shows off his remarkable 18-piece Big Band, directed by Nick Smart.

Jim Rattigan’s Pavillon

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 1.30pm French horn virtuoso Jim Rattigan ‘leads an A-list cast of Brit-based jazzers that make up Pavillon’ (Jazzwise).

Next Generation Takes Over – Youthsayers

Barbican / FreeStage, 2pm FREE Youthsayers are a group of young musicians, aged 11-18, conceived, directed and mentored by Afrodub band Soothsayers, who play an exciting blend of jazz, Afrobeat and reggae.

The Musicians’ Union – Live Sector Panel Session Southbank Centre / Sunley Pavilion, 2pm FREE/TALK Offering insight to musicians approaching the live sector, promoters and touring, this discussion provides the dos and don’ts of working as a live jazz musician.

The Swing Commanders

Hideaway, 2pm From American Songbook classics to Western Swing, they overlay lush vocal harmonies and hot solos. Ballads to jive, they always get the dance floor moving.

Next Generation Takes Over – Leeds College of Music

Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 2.15pm FREE Catch some of the rising jazz stars currently studying at Leeds College of Music.

The Haywood Sisters

Bull’s Head Barnes, 2.30pm Sunday afternoon with one of this country’s top close harmony jazz groups, inspired by The Andrews Sisters, The Boswell Sisters, The Ronettes and The Shirelles.


Vortex, 2.30pm Guitarist John Russell has been part of the European improvised music scene, and the Jazz Festival, for 25 years – the Mopomoso sessions are the result.

Roland Perrin – Rio Amazonas with Hertfordshire Chorus, Blue Planet Orchestra and the Roland Perrin Trio

Barbican, 3pm Roland Perrin’s exuberant and thoughtprovoking mix of jazz harmonies, Brazilian rhythms and baroque counterpoint – jazz trio, massed choirs and string orchestra combine in a evocation of the Amazon and its culture.

Next Generation Takes Over – National Youth Jazz Collective

Barbican / FreeStage, 3.15pm FREE National Youth Jazz Collective’s annual Summer School takes top young jazz players from around the UK and schools them into five exciting combinations of skill and musicality.

Next Generation Takes Over – AKA Singers

Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 3.45pm FREE The Tri-borough Music Hub’s contemporary vocal ensemble, featuring young people from Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster working with vocalist UK beatbox champion and jazz double-bassist Bellatrix.

Together + Momma Don’t Allow – Jazz and the Image

Barbican / Cinema, 4pm Lorenza Mazetti’s powerful silent semidocumentary – starring a young Eduardo Paolozzi – evokes the working class culture and landscape of a post-war East End, with a live soundtrack from Raymond MacDonald and Christian Ferlaino. Paired with Karel Reisz’ and Tony Richardson’s ‘euphoric, exhilarating and visually stunning’ film of the Chris Barber Band at the Wood Green Jazz Club – two gems from the Free Cinema movement of the 1950s. Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

Expect the Unexpected – part one

Club Inégales, 4pm-9pm Throwing down the gauntlet to 25 composers from all walks of music, and of all generations, including alumni of Serious’ Talent Development programmes – Club Inégales and its everresourceful house band play from a series of one-page musical ideas commissioned for the Festival’s 25th and seen for the first time on the day. Maybe a chord, a melody, a series of notes, a lyric or visual image – but all contributing to two afternoons that take the listener – and the players – into the unknown. Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

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On Mass with Angélique Kidjo

Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau

Roundhouse, 7.30pm 180 young London musicians take to the Roundhouse stage with performers from as far and wide as the Faroe Islands and Palestine – plus Africa’s ‘premier diva’ and three-time Grammy award-winner Angélique Kidjo.

Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau

Barbican, 7.30pm Founder member of the Punch Brothers, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile transcends his bluegrass roots, creating musical fireworks with Brad Mehldau, the most influential jazz pianist of his generation – ‘mind-boggling interplay’ (Guardian).

John Surman and John Warren – The Traveller’s Tale with players from the Royal Academy of Music Jazz before Jazz – The Pre-History – Kansas Smitty’s and the Arts Society Two Temple Place, 4pm - 11pm TALKS Jazz has been recorded for 100 years, but its foundations were laid long before. Every saga needs a prequel – a sequence of talks, workshops and performances by members of Kansas Smitty’s House Band trace the events and sounds that made the music.

The Jazz Repertory Company: 1957 – A Jazz Jukebox

Cadogan Hall, 7pm 1957 was a terrific year for jazz. Some of its finest moments are revisited by the Repertory Company and Pete Long’s Orchestra – think Ella Fitzgerald, Sinatra, Miles and Gil Evans, the Duke and the Count.

Next Generation Takes Over – (Im)Possibilities

Scott Hamilton

Next Generation Takes Over – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

The Nightingale and the Rose

Barbican / FreeStage, 4.30pm FREE New music from (Im)Possibilities in a collaboration with saxophonist Nubya Garcia.

Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 4.45pm FREE A showcase featuring exciting emerging talent from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.


Vortex / Downstairs, 6pm See Saturday 11 November at 6pm for details.

Next Generation Takes Over – Trinity Laban Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

Barbican / FreeStage, 6.15pm FREE Trinity Laban Contemporary Jazz Ensemble perform a set featuring charts by UK composers including Huw Warren, Iain Ballamy and Mark Lockheart.

Next Generation Takes Over – ArtsTrain

Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 6.30pm FREE ArtsTrain perform Gentrification, a new music performance/spoken word exploration of this topic in London and the UK today, by young artists facilitated by outstanding music creators including James Yarde & ESKA.

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The Other Palace, 7pm Distinguished American tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton is joined by a top-flight British trio – pianist John Pearce, Dave Green on bass and Steve Brown on drums. Live at Zédel, 7pm FAMILY Pianist Will Butterworth’s suite is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story The Nightingale and the Rose, read by writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth.

Marcus Miller + Ashley Henry Trio

Kings Place / Hall 2, 7.30pm A gem from 1993 and the very first Jazz Festival, John Warren’s The Traveller’s Tale is a recently rediscovered suite distinguished by sumptuous ensemble voicings and deftly placed solo statements.

Miles Mosley + Vels Trio

Islington Assembly Hall, 7.30pm Bassist, producer and founding member of the West Coast Get Down collective, collaborator with Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington – the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the upright bass’ (LA Times) rocks the house with his new solo project. Vels Trio’s progressive and irresistible sound structures open.

Kath Haling

Omnibus Theatre, 7.30pm Australian singer/writer Kath Haling joins forces with pianist Liam Dunachie, Misha Mullov-Abbado on bass and Will Glaser on drums. Scott Hamilton

Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm Returning to London for the first time since his storming Afrodeezia show – ‘the emotional peaks at times reached the ecstatic’ (Financial Times) – the master composer, bassist and leader brings a brand new set – the latest statement from a jazz hero for the 21st century. Highly-rated pianist Ashley Henry opens the show with a set that tips its hat to the masters while immersed in today’s new moves.

Phronesis & Engines Orchestra

Barbican / Milton Court, 7.30pm Composer Dave Maric provides the alchemy that brings together two ensembles whose contrasting talents are poised to create musical fireworks. Specially commissioned for the Festival with Cheltenham and Manchester Jazz Festivals. Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

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Matthew Stevens

Ronnie Scott’s, 8pm Lauded by everyone from Jay-Z to Esperanza Spalding, the young guitarist’s band features bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Eric Doob.


PizzaExpress Live (Holborn), 8pm The vocal powerhouse that is LaSharVu features three of the UK’s most respected vocalists; LaDonna Harley Peters, Sharlene Hector and Vula Malinga.

Soweto Kinch Acantha Lang

Ollie Howell

Spice of Life, 7.30pm Quincy Jones calls him ‘an unbelievable drummer – so creative I couldn’t believe it’ – he’ll mix originals and hard bop classics.

Led Bib + Schnellertollermeier + WorldService Project

Rich Mix, 8pm A Match and Fuse blockbuster. Schnellertollermeier fuse the anarchy of punk with ‘spectacularly undaunted fury’ (Guardian) the ‘lean, mean, improv rocking jazz machine’ (Time Out) that is Led Bib and WorldService Project’s musical mayhem.


Archspace, 8pm The African electronic junk instrument collective are all set to bring their spellbinding live show to Haggerston’s intimate audiophile hot spot. ‘KOKOKO! excel at turning chaos into euphoria’ (Pitchfork).

Wolfgang Muthspiel + Richard Spaven

Jazz Cafe, 9pm Guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel brings a superb trio to the Festival with Jeff Ballard on drums and Larry Grenadier on bass. Joining them; the trio of Richard Spaven, the ‘triple threat drummer, composer and producer’ (José James).

Kirk Lightsey

Live at Zédel, 9.15pm See Saturday 11 November at 9.15pm for details.

Hideaway, 8.30pm Scalding hard bop grooves spliced with freeflowing lyrics from Soweto Kinch, ‘Britain’s hyper-talented saxman/rapper’ (Evening Standard), garlanded with awards, including two MOBOs and a Mercury nomination.

London Jazz Jam

Acantha Lang

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 11pm See Saturday 11 November at midnight for details.

606 Club, 8.30pm Born in New Orleans, sultry blues and jazz singer Acantha Lang draws on influences like Tina Turner and Nina Simone in her music.

Taeko Kunishima + Kaho Aso

IKLECTIK, 8.30pm Two from Japan – Kaho Aso is a celebrated dancer/percussionist/actor, followed by pianist Taeko Kunishima with an excitingly diverse band.

Vortex / Downstairs, 9.30pm The weekly London Jazz Jam session, curated by guitarist Hannes Riepler.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes: Late-night sessions

Monday 13 November Zoe Rahman

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 1pm FREE This solo concert by MOBO award-winner Zoe Rahman will showcase music from her new piano album Dreamland.

Courtney Pine and Omar

Elt + Pablo Held

Vortex, 8pm Pablo Held’s formidable German piano trio in a double bill with Elt – Kit Downes on organ, saxophonist Tom Challenger and Norwegian singer Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad.


Rabbit Hole, 8pm Dark, astringent music from Spanish piano trio newly signed to Cuneiform for their album Bye.

Veronika Harcsa & Bálint Gyémánt Pheasantry, 8pm Hungary’s favourite jazz singer-songwriter Veronika Harcsa and guitar virtuoso Bálint Gyémánt present songs from their new album Tell Her.

Chris Potter

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 8pm A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter is joined by bassist Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland on drums.

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Joon Moon + James Heather

Rich Mix, 8pm After touring the world with Nouvelle Vague, songwriter/producer Julian Decoret dedicated heart, soul and keyboards to Joon Moon, playing their first-ever UK show, with Raphael Chassin on drums and the band filled out by the extraordinary voice of Krystle Warren, who’s worked with everyone from Rufus Wainwright to Hercules & Love Affair.

Matt Roberts BigISH Band

Spice of Life, 8pm Charismatic young trumpeter/composer leads his ‘lean big band’ in Matt’s arrangements of Wayne Shorter as well as pieces by Herbie Hancock.

Martin Shaw

Rabbit Hole, 8pm Trumpeter Martin Shaw plays a rare standards gig with his quartet: pianist Will Bartlett, Tom Bartlett on bass and Pat Davey on drums. Herbie Hancock


Cadogan Hall / Foyer, 2.30pm FREE This sophisticated, genre-bending trio featuring saxophonist Mark Lockheart, bassist Jasper Høiby and pianist Liam Noble play music from their Edition album Instinct.


Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, 6pm A new trio bringing you their take on dance music across the globe, featuring saxophonist Phil Meadows, bassist Joe Downard and Harry Pope on drums.

Paolo Conte

Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm Imagine the voice of Tom Waits and the soul of Cole Porter – Paolo Conte blends the heart and soul of jazz with the rhythms of the tango, from Buenos Aires dancehall to Louisiana juke-joint.

Herbie Hancock

Barbican, 7.30pm Following the debut of his brand new project this summer, a true icon of modern music returns to the Festival, probing the grooves of dance music and hip hop and still re-defining the language of jazz.

Taksim Trio + Dorantes – Mediterranean Gypsies

Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm Created at Seville’s Flamenco Biennale, Mediterranean Gypsies brings together two stunning groups. Dorantes is the great figure who created a whole new language of flamenco piano. He’s joined by Taksim Trio, the legendary Turkish band. Together they make rich music exploring the Roma links between their cultures.

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Dee Byrne Classic Album Sundays – Love Supreme

British Library, 7.30pm Even though it’s Monday, it’s Classic Album Sundays. John Coltrane’s Love Supreme is one of the landmarks in recorded jazz. CAS Founder Colleen Murphy and special guest Denys Baptiste will discuss Coltrane followed by an uninterrupted vinyl replay of Love Supreme on the CAS audiophile hi-fi. Experience the album like you never have before!

Courtney Pine – Black Notes from the Deep featuring Omar + Nikki Yeoh

Bridge Theatre, 7.30pm Two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents join forces in a meeting of life-affirming music – ‘nothing short of breathtaking’ (Telegraph). Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the Year Nikki Yeoh performs the opening set.

Ceviche Old Street, 8.30pm Premiering new material, the quartet navigates freedom and structure by juxtaposing jazz history with a healthy dose of improvisation. Expect strong melodies and dark grooves.

Sara Dowling

606 Club, 8.30pm An impressive singer with elegance to spare, who is also a composer of note, Sara performs jazz standards with the occasional original song.

Jumoké Fashola – Protest! Divas & Revolution

Pheasantry, 8.30pm This year’s Jazz Voice host stirs the soul with the music from African-American spirituals, jazz, reggae to songs by Nina Simone, Pete Seeger, Miriam Makeba and Bob Dylan.


Archspace, 8.30pm See Sunday 12 November at 8pm for details.

Karin Krog and John Surman Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 7.30pm A slice of New Orleans soul in London with a rhythmic blend of brass band blare, deep-groove funk, hip hop swagger and bluesy beauty.

Knower + Skeltr

Scala, 8pm Futuristic funk-pop crossed with dubstep and jazz harmonies, LA’s Louise Cole and Genevieve Artadi’s new band ‘will be leavin’ y’all on your knees, beggin’ for more’ (Quincy Jones). Skeltr’s roaring sax lines soar above live electronica, buzzing energy at the core of an electrifying new duo.

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 8.30pm The crystal clear voice of the doyenne of Norwegian jazz in magical and playful dialogue with Surman’s multiple reeds, garrulous and lyrical in turn.

Janette Mason’s Red Alert

Hideaway, 8.30pm Janette Mason’s explosive new trio Red Alert feature contemporary jazz-fuelled timescapes, strong grooves and cinematic texture.

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet

Ronnie Scott’s, 8.30pm ‘A drummer around whom a cult of admiration has formed’ (New York Times), Mark Guiliana has earned international acclaim for his innovative and creative style.

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Phelan Burgoyne + Devin Gray

Vortex, 8.30pm Two trios led by drummers who share a thoughtful, dynamically nuanced approach. Brooklyn-based Gray leads a group of high promise, with saxophonist Chris Speed and the much-travelled bassist Drew Gress, whilst the UK’s Burgoyne features guitaristof-the-moment Rob Luft and the cool tones of saxophonist Martin Speake – ‘sonically adventurous’ (Guardian).

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes: Late-night sessions PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 11.30pm See Saturday 11 November at midnight for details.

Tuesday 14 November Mathis Picard

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 1pm FREE Young New York pianist and Juilliard School graduate, who has worked internationally with Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jason Moran, brings his trio to the Festival.

Moscow Drug Club

Cadogan Hall / Foyer, 2.30pm FREE Moscow Drug Club is the bar where Weimar cabaret, Nuevo Tango and Gypsy campfires embrace Django Reinhardt and Tom Waits.

Huw Bennett

Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, 6pm The bassist behind West-African project Susso (Soundway Records) and electronic jazz outfit Saltwater Samurai shows off his new quintet.

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

KOKO, 7pm Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles is the Grammy award winning keyboardist’s newest passion and project. His roots lie in gospel and jazz, and his new self-titled album exhibits his wide ranging vocal talents.



Eliane Elias – Samba Brazil

Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm Charismatic pianist/singer Eliane Elias, with a band featuring bassist Marc Johnson, plays a rare London concert with a new album Dance of Time blending her Brazilian roots and sensuous voice. Part of the Spirit of Brazil series in association with BTG Pactual.

Herbie Hancock

Barbican, 7.30pm See Monday 13 November at 7.30pm for details.

Viktoria Mullova – Stradivarius in Rio

Trinity Church Wimbledon, 7.30pm Violinist Viktoria Mullova is joined by cellist Matthew Barley, percussionist Paul Clarvis and guitarist João Luís Nogueira Pinto in iconic works by Brazilian composers.

Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence – Work Songs + Revenu

Rich Mix, 7.30pm Transcendence re-draws a jazz landscape with music that celebrates the human spirit with warmth, integrity and hope against a stunning visual backdrop. Mentored by Gilles Peterson, DJ and electronica artist Revenu opens.

Stefanos Tsourelis

Bull’s Head Barnes, 8pm Greek-born, London-based guitar and oud virtuoso Stefanos Tsourelis leads an acoustic trio featuring bassist Dave Jones and Eric Ford on drums.

Jon Shenoy’s Draw By Four

Rabbit Hole, 8pm The organ quartet moves into new territory, where the compositions from saxophonist Jon Shenoy mix voices with Will Bartlett’s gritty Hammond boogaloo.

Michèle Drees Jazz Tap

Royal Albert Hall / Elgar Room, 8pm A spectacular visual mix of thrilling tap dancers and great musicians, led by Michèle Drees, combining jazz, Latin and her own Rhythm Tap.

Mike Outram & Chris Montague + David Gordon

606 Club, 8pm Guitarists Chris Montague and Mike Outram show off their new quartet on a bill with pianist David Gordon’s trio.

Oli Rockberger

The Other Palace, 8pm David Newton ( 13 times British Jazz Awards Best Pianist winner) swings with a harddriving left hand, and performs heartfelt ballads in this solo concert.

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 8.30pm Described in Time Out as ‘a powerful, melodic crossover jazz singer-songwriter with improvisatory flair’, and sideman of choice for Laura Mvula and many more, Oli Rockberger brings an all-star band following the release of his fourth album.

Femi Temowo

Rachael Cohen + Marc Michel

David Newton

Spice of Life, 8pm Guitarist Femi Temowo is accomplished in both jazz and funk and plays consistently with a soulful edge.

Green Note, 8.30pm Lee Konitz-influenced saxophonist Rachael Cohen and heavyweight French drummer Marc Michel lead new quartets.

Abdullah Ibrahim

Laurent Coulondre

Live at Zédel, 7pm Tipping his hat to the jazz organ masters, keyboard player Coulondre is one of the rising stars of French jazz – a driving, soloist, strong on groove, and with a great stage presence.

Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela: The Jazz Epistles

Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm South Africa’s iconic musical ambassadors revisit the spirit of their 1959 adventures with The Jazz Epistles – the first black South African band to create international waves during the apartheid years. Ibrahim’s sextet Ekaya is joined by Masekela’s effervescent trumpet and vocals.

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George Crowley, Rob Luft, Tim Giles Vortex, 8.30pm A new trio featuring Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize-winning guitar wunderkind Rob Luft, BBC Jazz Award-winning drummer Tim Giles and tenor saxophonist George Crowley.

Lauren Bush

Pheasantry, 8.30pm Ian Shaw said of jazz singer Lauren Bush, ‘Lauren sings with poise, swing, impeccable time and recognises humour and irony in a lyric’.

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet Ronnie Scott’s, 8.30pm See Monday 13 November at 8.30pm for details.

Artistic Soul Tie(s)

Vortex / Downstairs, 8.30pm Artist Aurelie Freoua curates an evening where improvised art, poetry and music meet.

The Jazz Music of Dudley Moore

Live at Zédel, 9.30pm Chris Ingham celebrates a purveyor of quirky, imaginative jazz originals and the witty music for films like Bedazzled and 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia.

Late Junction Live

Rich Mix, 10.30pm FREE Max Reinhardt hosts a special live edition of BBC Radio 3’s long-running programme for adventurous listeners, with a mix of Festival guests and new collaborations created for the occasion.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes: Late-night sessions PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 11.30pm See Saturday 11 November at midnight for details.

Wednesday 15 November Entropi

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 1pm FREE Saxophonist Dee Byrne leads a quintet whose compelling group interplay juggles order and chaos, inventive writing and dark and exhilarating grooves.

Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet – Working Day & Night

Cadogan Hall / Foyer, 2.30pm FREE Jazz standards rub shoulders with songs from Michael Jackson as Sting vocalist Kevin Fitzsimmons’ swinging vocals front a terrific young band.

Bruno Heinen, Rachael Cohen

Vortex / Downstairs, 6pm Empathy is the name of the game, as saxophonist Rachael Cohen’s ‘softly devious approach’ (Guardian) strikes sparks with pianist Heinen’s expansive lyricism.

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Hard Rain: Barb Jungr sings Dylan and Cohen

Live at Zédel, 7pm Cabaret that means business – Barb Jungr interprets the politically charged songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

Ben L’Oncle Soul + Julia Biel

Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm Ben offers a wild celebration of the classic soul revues, combining Kanye West-style R&B and Motown groove in a great, wayover-the-top live show. His first album for Blue Note, Under My Skin, adds in his passion for Frank Sinatra – so expect songs London hasn’t heard Ben sing before, plus a few signature tunes.

Daniel Casimir

Chris Ingham’s REBOP

The Other Palace, 8pm Classic cuts from the ‘50s and ‘60s Blue Note repertoire – hard bop and soul jazz, played by pianist Ingham’s mighty sextet.

Zara McFarlane + Gabriel Royal

Rich Mix, 8pm The launch of MOBO and Jazz FM award-winner Zara McFarlane’s third Brownswood album – produced by one of today’s new movers and shakers, Moses Boyd – writes a further chapter in the story of one of the UK’s most talented singer-songwriters. Gabriel Royal’s trademark sound is his singing over a cello, the result being an easy-listening modern chamber pop.

Christian Scott + Maisha

Rabbit Hole, 8pm See Tuesday 14 November at 8pm for details.

Electric Ballroom, 8pm Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah combines instruments ancient and modern, acoustic and electronic in the electrifying, genre-splitting music from his most recent CD, Ruler Rebel – ‘as contemporary as today’s date’ (Guardian). The raw intensity of Jake Long’s young band Maisha touches the soul – the spirit of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, fused with West African and Afrobeat rhythms.

Tom Harrison

Becca Stevens

Dave Jones’ Nonet

Deva Mahal

Royal Albert Hall / Elgar Room, 8pm Bassist and composer Casimir plays with a passion and power that shines through - ‘a great mix of communicativeness, simplicity and sass’ (London Jazz).

Jon Shenoy’s Draw By Four

Spice of Life, 8pm Cracking band featuring saxophonist Harrison, trumpeter Quentin Collins, pianist Ashley Henry and drummer Winston Clifford, digging into Duke Ellington’s music. Bull’s Head Barnes, 8pm Bassist Jones leads a classy nine-piece, conjuring up the energy of big band swing and Latin jazz – Henry Lowther, Chris Biscoe and Pete Hurt amongst the soloists.

Ronnie Scott’s, 8pm Brooklyn-based singer Becca Stevens has collaborated with artists such as Snarky Puppy, Esperanza Spalding, Brad Mehldau and José James. Pheasantry, 8.30pm Daughter of Taj Mahal, Deva Mahal has emerged as a powerhouse singer-songwriter – blowing audiences away with a fusion of blues, R&B and jazz-funk.

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Norma Winstone and Nikki Iles – Printmakers

606 Club, 8.30pm This year’s Jazz FM award-winning vocalist Norma Winstone teams up with pianist Nikki Iles in a veritable supergroup – Mike Walker and Mark Lockheart in the front line.

Andrew McCormack’s Graviton

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 8.30pm Pianist and composer Andrew McCormack continues to push boundaries at the highest level, now leading a classy band with vocalist Noemi Nuti and saxophonist Josh Arcoleo in the mix.

Emilia Mårtensson

Vortex, 8.30pm Emilia Mårtensson entrances audiences with songs that touch on her Swedish and Slovenian roots.

Nick Costley-White + Tom Millar

Green Note, 8.30pm Guitarist Costley-White combines melodic originals with a new slant on jazz standards, whilst pianist Millar plays emphatic grooves and rock-out anthems.

The Tao of Jazz

Live at Zédel, 9pm Get to grips with the process, performance and spontaneity of jazz with Dr Julian Baggini – a man who really knows his philosophy – and vocal guru Juliet Russell.

Hugh Coltman – Shadows

Jazz Cafe, 9.30pm Hugh Coltman interprets the music of Nat King Cole, reflecting on the life and times of a revered black artist against the racial background of ‘50s and ‘60s America.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes: Late-night Sessions PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 11.30pm See Saturday 11 November at midnight for details.

Thursday 16 November Jazz Around the World – schools concert with Ranjana Ghatak & Liran Donin

Wigmore Hall, 11am FAMILY/TAKE PART Trancelike and soulful, singer Ranjana Ghatak explores jazz as global music with Led Bib’s bassist Liran Donin, in a show aimed at Key Stage 3 students.

Michela Marino Lerman

Pizza Express Jazz Club, 1pm FREE Michela Marino Lerman is a star within the tap dancing community. In this show, her UK debut, she explores The Songs of the Great Hoofers.

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Kate Williams’ Four Plus Three

Cadogan Hall / Foyer, 2.30pm FREE Music from Jobim, Bill Evans and Cole Porter given a sumptuous twist in Kate Williams’ arrangements for piano trio and string quartet – ‘consistently thoughtful and inventive’ (Mojo).

Illegal Crowns

Vortex, 2.30pm TAKE PART A special opportunity to participate in a workshop with four leading improvisers – Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Benoît Delbecq, Tomas Fujiwara.

Dice Factory

Vortex / Downstairs, 6pm Saxophonist Tom Challenger, bassist Tom Farmer and drummer Jon Scott form an intense trio edition of a key Loop Collective band.

Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya – Dee Dee Bridgewater

Cadogan Hall, 6.30pm, FREE/TALKS Dee Dee Bridgwater reflects on an extraordinary four-decade career that has seen her join many of the music’s great figures – Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins, and talks about her latest excursion into the heritage of soul and R&B. In partnership with Jazz FM.

Dee Dee Bridgewater + Camilla George

Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm Iconic vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater has stood shoulder to shoulder with the jazz masters. Her new album Memphis is inspired by the sound of R&B from the ‘50s and ‘60s – think Gladys Knight, Otis Redding, Al Green and Sam Cooke. Opening set features the fast and fluent UK saxophonist’s young band.

Robert Glasper

Barbican, 7.30pm Robert Glasper’s first UK show was as a relative unknown in the 2005 Festival as a Gilles Peterson tip for the future – and he’s returned many times since, providing some of the highlights of recent years. Glasper’s 25th Festival birthday special promises to be a truly spectacular concert.

Bill Laurance

Kings Place / Hall 1, 7.30pm Dubbed a ‘jazz maestro’ by the Guardian, Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurence returns to his first love, acoustic piano, exploring ground between classical and jazz with the subtle intervention of electronics.

Misha Mullov-Abbado

South Hampstead High School Theatre, 7.30pm The precociously talented bassist-composer has gathered multiple awards – his sextet plays from his album Cross Platform Interchange. Part of Hampstead Arts Festival.

The Floacist presents Maisha + Triforce + DJ Dave Koor

Stanley Halls, 7.30pm Floetry’s Natalie ‘Floacist’ Stewart hosts a double bill of Maisha’s spiritual jazzand-Afrobeat mash-up and the jazzinfused hip hop and neo-soul of Triforce – live music and pure vibrations, with DJ Dave Koor.

Anoushka Lucas

Scoff & Banter, Kensington, 7.30pm Described as a ‘rich, natural talent’ by Neil Cowley and featured on Jo Whiley’s BBC Introducing stage, Anoushka Lucas performs as part of a special dining experience at the Vanderbilt boutique hotel in South Kensington.

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Kneebody + Now vs Now

Rich Mix, 8pm Musical director for Lauryn Hill and Meshell Ndegeocello, and contributing massively to David Bowie’s Blackstar, Jason Lindner’s Now vs Now brings together hip hop, dub and electronicainfluenced beats to a rocking trio – while Kneebody range from chamber pop through unrestrained improv and churning backbeats. A killer double bill.

Moon Hooch

Under the Bridge, 8pm Thunderous and edgy brand of techno jazz returns to the Festival following their explosive debut in 2015, fresh from a massive underground buzz, busking in the streets and subways of New York. ‘These guys are cool’ (Iggy Pop, BBC Radio 6).

Duncan Eagles Justin Kauflin + Airelle Besson & Vincent Ségal

Wigmore Hall, 7.30pm Pianist Justin Kauflin is one of a massively talented clutch of young musicians in the Quincy Jones stable. He embraces the spirit of piano masters from Bud Powell to Dave Brubeck – while following his own soulfully expressive muse. An opening set features the lustrous tones of French trumpeter Airelle Besson with cellist Vincent Ségal.

Gabrielle Ducomble

The Other Palace, 8pm With a voice like liquid honey, Gabrielle Ducomble’s special blend of jazz and tango is matched by a band featuring brilliant pianist Dan Tepfer and guitarist Nicolas Meier.

Mishka Adams’ Urubu + John-Paul Muir

Rabbit Hole, 8pm A shared passion for the music of Brazil unites Mishka Adams and her cohorts, from old school samba to the great songwriters. Pianist John-Paul Muir premieres his impressionistic suite Cornerstones.

Chico Chica

Bull’s Head Barnes, 8pm Barbara Snow, Hilary Cameron, Tom Hannah and Ruth Bitelli in a stylish jazz cabaret with a pronounced Latin and gypsy feel.


Birthdays Dalston, 8pm After releasing Ceremonial on alwaysinnovative label Tru Thoughts, London-based Tokyo native Anchorsong performs with a string quartet.

Becca Stevens

Ronnie Scott’s, 8pm See Wednesday November 15 at 8pm for details.

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Ram Jam Club, 8.30pm ‘Fast becoming one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene’ (Jazzwise), the much-travelled saxophonist Eagles unveils a new band.

Michael Mwenso and Vuyo Sotashe Pheasantry, 8.30pm The UK premiere of new works of struggle, empowerment and triumph featuring The Shakes and South African singer Vuyo Sotashe, ranging from South African township songs, through the hymns and gospel of American sacred music, to new music written by Mwenso and the Shakes.

Illegal Crowns + Sam Leak

Vortex, 8.30pm Illegal Crowns features the talents of guitarist Mary Halvorson and trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum with pianist Benoît Delbecq and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Plus Sam Leak’s trio – a ‘heavenly improviser’ (JazzFM).

Resolution 88

Hideaway, 8.30pm Irresistible jazz-funk grooves, broken beats and a trademark Fender Rhodes sound – ‘think Headhunters for the new millennium’ (Bob Power).

The Jazz Pianists’ Songbook Live at Zédel, 9pm Vocalist Paul Ryan and pianist Kenny Clayton celebrate the Great American Songbook – ‘effortlessly stylish’ (Tribune).

Jazz London Radio Allstars

Crypt Camberwell, 9pm Trumpeters Chris Hodgkins and Kevin Davy, guitarist Deirdre Cartwright, vocalist Emily Saunders and pianist Andrea Vicari – the London Jazz radio presenters take to the bandstand.

William Blake Klezmatrix Band with Michael Horovitz

Royal Albert Hall / Elgar Room, 9.30pm Returning to the scene of the fabled 1966 New Moon Carnival of Poetry, the ‘last handshake to the Beat Poets’ weaves words and improvisation with Annie Whitehead, Peter Lemer and fellow poet Vanessa Vie.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes: Late-night sessions PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 11.30pm See Saturday 11 November at midnight for details.

Friday 17 November Jazz for Toddlers

Southbank Centre / Level 5 Function Room, 11am FAMILY/TAKE PART See Friday 10 November at 11am for details.

Trio Elf

Vortex / Downstairs, 8.30pm Poet and playwright Nicki Heinen hosts her monthly dialogue between creative writing and jazz improvisation.

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 1pm FREE Moving from acoustic into electronica, Germany’s Trio Elf are fast breaking out internationally – ‘the best of what’s out there in the world of sound’ (Downbeat).

Dayna Stephens

Britten Sinfonia with Nik Bärtsch

Words and Jazz

606 Club, 8.30pm Rare UK outing for a saxophonist described by Downbeat as ‘full of composure and imagination’, who has played with Brad Mehldau, Kenny Barron and Roy Hargrove.

Elliot Galvin – The Influencing Machine

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 8.30pm The maverick imagination of a gifted composer pianist in a preview of his new Edition CD – a wildly original sonic reaction to the human mind, technology and the post-truth age.

Wigmore Hall, 1pm Nik Bärtsch curates a special ‘At Lunch’ programme, combining new music from Sarah Kirkland Snider, Judd Greenstein and the winner of the Sinfonia’s OPUS17 award with his own latest work. Preceded by pre-concert talk at 12.15, free to ticketholders. Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

Jazz for Toddlers

Southbank Centre / Level 5 Function Room, 1.30pm FAMILY/TAKE PART See Friday 10 November at 11am for details.

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Camilla George

Jazz Social Dance + Friday Tonic

Spice of Life, 8pm Alto saxophonist Camilla George has made a big impact in the past year, leading a terrific young quartet with an added calypso twist.

Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 2pm-7pm FREE/TAKE PART Bring your dancing shoes and be prepared to move to an afternoon of irresistible music for dancing from Tomorrow’s Warriors, followed by a live set to high-kick the weekend off to a rousing start.

Mike Stern / Dave Weckl

Ronnie Scott’s, 8pm No-holds-barred jazz-rock is the name of the game when fusion heavy hitters Stern and Weckl combine guitar and drum pyrotechnics with saxophonist Bob Malach and bassist Tom Kennedy.

Oxley – Meier Guitar Project

Cadogan Hall / Foyer, 2.30pm FREE Two guys with ten guitars providing myriad textures from Turkey to Brazil. Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier launch their album The Colours of Time.


Fulvio Sigurta & Bruno Heinen

Vortex / Downstairs, 6pm Sigurta’s trumpet sound and his mesmerising improvising complements Heinen’s imaginative piano playing.

Heidi Vogel

National Portrait Gallery, 6.30pm FREE The ‘extraordinary voice’ (Jamie Cullum) of Heidi Vogel draws on the music of early 20th century French composers in a response to the NPG’s Cézanne Portraits exhibition.

Harlem Gospel Choir

Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm Acknowledged as America’s premier gospel choir, the Choir is synonymous with glorious sound and infectious energy, travelling the world and thrilling audiences with a joyous and uplifting message direct from the churches of today’s Harlem. Caminho

Harlem Gospel Choir

Jay Rayner Quartet – Songs of Food and Agony + Peter Horsfall

Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm Restaurant critic, Masterchef judge and jazz pianist Jay Rayner launches his quartet’s live album A Night of Food and Agony, which brings together songs about food and drink and stories about his mother, agony aunt Claire Rayner.

Henri Texier

Kings Place / Hall 1, 7.30pm Henri Texier has played bass with American pioneers Bud Powell and Don Cherry, and with his peers Michel Portal and Louis Sclavis. The Hope Quartet, with saxophonists Francois Courneloup, Sebastien Texier and drummer Louis Moutin is a warm mix of filmic drama, fanfare, circus and swing.

Yazz Ahmed – La Saboteuse

Kings Place / Hall 2, 7.30pm Trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed embraces the sounds and sensations of the Middle East alongside the moves and grooves of today’s jazz radicals – music of cinematic breadth, launching her new Naim CD.

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

Alice Zawadzki

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 7.30pm The multi-talented improviser and vocalist previews the music from her new recording. Arresting original songs with story-telling at their heart.

Carminho sings Jobim

Barbican, 8pm From her roots in fado, Carminho brings a haunting passion to the timeless songs of Antônio Carlos Jobim, with a band that includes his son and grandson, Paulo and Daniel Jobim, and the great cellist Jaques Morelenbaum. Part of the Spirit of Brazil series in association with BTG Pactual.

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Rich Mix, 8pm Ben Cottrell’s free-wheeling big band continue to occupy a special place in today’s UK scene, Cottrell’s writing influenced as much by Michael Jackson, Björk or Radiohead as by Ellington, Gil Evans or Loose Tubes. Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

Barnes plays Basie

The Other Palace, 8pm Echoing the small group Basie sound of the Kansas City Seven, virtuoso reedsman Alan Barnes leads a splendid sextet through the King of Swing’s evergreen classic.

Alex Roth and Katarzyna Witek

Polish Jazz Cafe POSK, 8pm Awesome guitar trio of Alex Roth, Chris Sharkey and Chris Montague run from minimalism to extreme noise, while Touching One Wall of Me features Roth’s sonorous score to the highly physical choreography of Katarzyna Witek.

Daisy Chute with Alex Curtis

Pheasantry, 8.30pm Alex Curtis’ new quartet is joined by singer and multi-instrumentalist Daisy Chute in music from their new album Patterns, Habits and Change.

Mario Rom Interzone Trio + Namby Pamby Boy

Vortex, 8.30pm Fresh sounds from Austria. Interzone spin ‘virtuosity and humour into an entertaining whole’, while Namby Pamby Boy ‘just want to make a music that we had not yet heard’.

Ant Law’s Art Of Rhythm

Ram Jam Club, 8.30pm The art and soul of rhythm, with a pronounced South Indian slant, binds a power trio of distinction, guitarist Ant Law, bassist Matt Ridley and percussionist Asaf Sirkis.

Alex Garnett’s Organism

Green Note, 8.30pm Alex-es Garnett and Hitchcock – two hard-swinging tenor saxophonists – lock horns with organist Ross Stanley in close attendance.

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Emily Saunders + Davide Giovannini: The Latin Mix

Live at Zédel, 9pm Latin-infused music from Emily and Davide Giovannini, with inspiring infectious grooves that evoke sunshine and an irresistible urge to dance.

Golden Age of Steam + Ivo Neame Con Cellar Bar, 9pm James Allsopp’s surreal take on Ligeti, Ayler and Beefheart’s twisted lyricism features Kit Downes, Tim Giles, Ruth Goller and Alex Bonney – complemented by Phronesis pianist Ivo Neame’s new quartet.

Samara featuring Liliana Chachian with Tim Whitehead 606 Club, 9.30pm 606 Club supremo Steve Rubie leads an infectiously grooving Latin jazz sextet, featuring Brazilian singer Liliana Chachian and Tim Whitehead’s rich saxophone.

Darcy James Argue + Secret Society – Real Enemies

Alice Zawadzki

Trio Cucara + The Casimir Connection

Old Church, Stoke Newington, 8.30pm The Casimir Connection is saxophonist Diane McLoughlin’s jazz chamber group for the modern era, while Trio Cucara unites the power of guitarist Deirdre Cartwright with bassist Alison Rayner and percussionist Josefina Cupido.

Cleveland Watkiss, Mark Sanders, Neil Charles, Debbie Sanders, Rowland Sutherland, Robert Mitchell IKLECTIK, 8.30pm Vocal and instrumental prowess from a stellar group of individual talents – a night of radical black writing and free jazz, inspired by James Baldwin’s seminal poem Staggerlee Wonders.

Art Themen’s New Directions

Bull’s Head Barnes, 8.30pm Saxophonist Themen, with pianist Gareth Williams and trumpeter Steve Fishwick, plays hidden gems from the jazz greats.

Johnny Britt – Marvin Meets Miles Hideaway, 9pm Silkily powerful soul vocalist and trumpeter, Johnny Britt’s new project explores what might have happened had Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis shared the stage.

Brewer’s Crew feat. Jim Mullen

Crypt Camberwell, 9pm Saxophonist Christian Brewer harks back to the heyday of jazz funk with the bluesy, soulful guitar of one of the genre’s heroes, guitarist Jim Mullen.

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Kings Place / Hall 1, 10pm ‘For a wholly original take on big bands past, present and future, look to Darcy James Argue’ (Newsweek). Secret Society play the music from their provocative, and brilliantly conceived album Conspiracy Theory.

Alice Zawadzki

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 10.30pm See 7.30pm for details.

Mike Stern / Dave Weckl Ronnie Scott’s, 11pm See 8pm for details.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes: Late-night sessions

World of Jazz – family concert with Ranjana Ghatak & Liran Donin

Wigmore Hall, 11am FAMILY Trancelike and soulful, singer Ranjana Ghatak explores jazz as global music with Led Bib’s bassist Liran Donin, in a show developed specially for family audiences.

Serious Sing – Monk Misterioso

Kings Place / Hall 2, midday TAKE PART Led by Cleveland Watkiss and Filomena Campus, this workshop will focus on the music of Thelonious Monk – stretching the vocal chords of a mix of generations 100 years on from his birth.

Tony Woods Project

Ram Jam Club, 1pm Saxophonist Tony Woods ‘combines a jazz edge with the melodic zest of folk’ (BBC Radio 3), and previews his new album Hidden Fires with a band featuring guitarist Mike Outram.

Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 1.30pm Honed through years of playing together, the duo of Smith and Kellock bring a lifelong immersion in jazz history and ‘bewitching layers of delicacy’ to their live performances.

Jazz for Toddlers

Discover Children’s Story Centre, 1.30pm FAMILY/TAKE PART

See Friday 10 November at 11am for details.

Chasing Trane – Jazz and the Image Barbican Cinema, 2pm John Scheinfeld’s 2016 film on the life and career of John Coltrane told with archival footage and photos, narrated by Denzel Washington with contributions from Kamasi Washington, Carlos Santana and Bill Clinton.

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 11.30pm See Saturday 11 November at midnight for details.

Loop Late

Vortex, 11.30pm UK meets Austria as the Vortex’s European visitors join forces with leading musicians from the Loop Collective.

Saturday 18 November Jazz FM Live

Barbican / FreeStage, 10am FREE Join Nigel Williams live from the FreeStage, with a look back at the last 10 days of Festival guests broadcast on Jazz FM, plus more live and exclusive performances and interviews.

Groove Baby presents Groove Into Space

Rich Mix, 10.30am FAMILY The Groove Baby Organ Trio’s mysterious journey through space, meeting a host of kooky aliens along the way, is especially devised for 3- to 5-year-olds and their grown-ups!

Stefano Bollani

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Miles Davis Symphonic – Kind of Blue. The Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra & Southbank Sinfonia

Pharoah Sanders + Denys Baptiste + Alina Bzhezhinska – A Concert for Alice and John Coltrane

Barbican, 7.30pm A three part celebration of the profound spiritual and musical legacy of Alice and John Coltrane, with cosmic jazz icon Pharoah Sanders headlining, alongside Denys Baptiste’s reflection on John’s visceral late work, and harpist Alina Bzhezhinska’s journey into Alice’s mystical and ecstatic universe.

Cadogan Hall, 2.30pm Miles Davis’ 1959 recording remains one of the most iconic of jazz albums. Guy Barker’s insight into the music’s emotional depths is realised by his renowned Big Band and a ‘dashing ensemble who play with exhilarating fizz’ (The Times).

Stefano Bollani – Napoli Trip

Alexander Bone & David Newton

Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm A musical torrent of improvisation and spontaneous humour, the Italian pianist’s love affair with Naples comes to exuberant life with a quartet that includes saxophonist Daniele Sepe, one of the greatest exponents of Neapolitan folk music.

The Other Palace, 3pm The first winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, saxophonist Alexander Bone meets one of the country’s most assured and melodic pianists.

Way In to the Way Out

Fred Hersch

Barbican / Fountain Room, 3.30pm

Kings Place / Hall 1, 7.30pm Described as ‘the most arrestingly innovative pianist in the last decade’, Fred Hersch returns to the Festival with one of the most assured piano trios on the planet.


Guitarists Heidi Heidelberg and Shirley Tetteh take the reins of this year’s pathway into the big wide world of jazz, illuminating the influences and experiences that fire the music of today’s generation.

Jazz for Toddlers

Discover Children’s Story Centre, 3.30pm FAMILY/TAKE PART

See Friday 10 November at 11am for details.

Kasia Kawałek 5tet + Zoe Pascal + Nihilism

IKLECTIK, 3.30pm Influenced by Erykah Badu and Blossom Dearie, Kasia Kawałek debuts new songs, 16-year-old drummer Zoe Pascal mixes world jazz and improv, and Nihilism meld jazz with grime and hip hop.

The Ballad of Fred Hersch

Kings Place / Hall 1, 4pm TALKS An intimate film portrait of one of today’s foremost jazz pianists and composers. A first London screening for this poignant story as an AIDS survivor and openly gay man reveals an unlikely musical journey is complemented by a live interview with the artist as part of the Jazz FM Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya series, talking about the publication of his autobiography, Good Things Happen Slowly.

A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World

Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 4.30pm FREE/TAKE PART

From Charlie Christian to Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix and beyond – Chris Montague (Troyka, Shobaleader One) tells the 80 year story of the electric guitar, with opportunity for massed groups of young and not-so-young guitarists to take part. Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

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Kansas Smitty’s House Band

Yilian Cañizares

Christoph Irniger – Pilgrim

Barbican / FreeStage, 6pm FREE Swiss five-piece, whose enthusiasm and pulsating group dynamic is driven by the meticulous writing of leader Irniger – ‘one to watch – Pilgrim is a high-achieving unit’ (All About Jazz).


Vortex / Downstairs, 6pm See Saturday 11 November at 6pm for details.

Monk’s Moods – Panel Discussion Kings Place / Hall 2, 6.30pm TALKS/FREE Join us for a journey into the mind of Thelonious Monk, exploring a fascinating artist and the relationship between jazz musicians and mental health.

Yilian Cañizares

Live at Zédel, 7pm Spectacularly talented Cuban violinist/vocalist – her quiet yet incredibly powerful stage presence in a thrilling mix of African, Cuban and jazz influences.

Gipsy Kings with Chico

Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm Inheritors of the legacy of Jose Reyes and the Gipsy Kings, Chico and his virtuoso guitarist collaborators combine Chico’s North African roots with the rich culture and traditions transported from Catalonia to the Mediterranean regions of southern France in the 1930s.

Shoreditch Town Hall, 7.30pm Kansas Smitty’s House Band’s incendiary live shows move at headlong pace through the sounds of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans jazz, and gospel.

Viktoria Mullova – Stradivarius in Rio

St John’s Downshire Hill, 7.30pm Violinist Viktoria Mullova in jazz interpretations of Brazilian songs from Jobim and Caetano Veloso, with cellist Matthew Barley and guitarist João Luís Noguiera Pinto. Part of Hampstead Arts Festival.

Tessa Souter

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 7.30pm Tessa’s penchant for exploring music mostly untouched by other singers have set her apart as ‘one of the finest and most fearless vocalists to have emerged in recent years’ (Boston Globe).

Monk Misterioso

Kings Place / Hall 2, 8pm Emerging from the maelstrom of 1940s bebop, Monk remains a powerful influence on jazz. Narrator/singer Filomena Campus is joined by Pat Thomas, Cleveland Watkiss, Orphy Robinson, Jean Toussaint, Rowland Sutherland, Dudley Philips and Mark Mondesir in a new realisation of Stefano Benni’s evocative insight into Monk’s world and the mysterious silence of his last seven years. Followed by a Monkinspired DJ set in the foyer.


The Other Palace, 8pm The music of Louis Armstrong is revisited by one of this country’s premier traditional outfits.

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Bigyuki + Butcher Brown + Rohey + DJ Harrison

Sunday 19 November

Rich Mix, 8pm Bigyuki – New York’s secret weapon, working with Q-Tip, Bilal, and Talib Kweli heads up a killer triple bill alongside Butcher Brown – garage-punkjazz-funk on the low end of the dial gives way to delicate and elegant compositions, and Rohey’s lush nu-soul and baggy grooves.

Jazz for Toddlers

Kings Place / Hall 2, 10am FAMILY/TAKE PART

See Friday 10 November at 11am for details.

Kit Downes and Matthew Bourne + Hermes Experiment Union Chapel, midday Sarah Gillespie

Mike Stern / Dave Weckl Ronnie Scott’s, 8pm See Friday 17 November at 8pm for details.

Clement Regert’s Wild Card

Spice of Life, 8pm Afro-jazz, hard bop and urban rhythms with Latin and jazz attitude – guitarist Clement Regert’s organ-fired trio Wild Card ‘gets on down, just for the Funk of it’ (All About Jazz).

Jerzy Małek & Leszek Kułakowski Polish Jazz Cafe POSK, 8.30pm With influences from European folk musics, Polish trumpeter Jerzy Malek is joined by fellow countryman, pianist Leszek Kulakowski.

Dom Pipkin

Ram Jam Club, 8.30pm The blues, soul, funk and jazz of New Orleans, played by a seamlessly funky trio – ‘when Dom plays the piano, magic happens’ (Paloma Faith).

Sarah Gillespie – Junkfood Angel The Albany, 8.30pm Sarah Gillespie’s streetwise lyricism fuses with jazz and blues, with a classy quartet featuring pianist Frank Harrison. ‘A beat poet for the 21st century’ (Independent).

Gill Manly – I Put a Spell on You

Bull’s Head Barnes, 8.30pm Gill Manly and the Simon Wallace Trio cut to the heart of the music of a vocal giant, with Nina Simone’s drummer of some 18 years, Paul Robinson.

Fini Bearman – This is Not America Pheasantry, 8.30pm Equally at home performing her originals as giving a fresh slant on classic repertoire, Fini Bearman re-imagines the songs of David Bowie.

Iain Ballamy & Stian Carstensen – The Little Radio

Green Note, 8.30pm Chopin, Whitney Houston, jazz standards, tango and witty original music – all become part of the rich and beautiful accordion/ saxophone sonorities of a long-established duo.

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Brand new collaboration pairs two ground-breaking keyboardists, in a Daylight Music multiple bill for all ages – Downes playing the mighty Chapel pipe organ, following his solo organ album for ECM.

Jazz for Toddlers Gilad Hekselman Trio featuring Mark Turner

Vortex, 8.30pm Guitarist Gilad Hekselman’s ‘crazily extended improvisational ideas’ (New York Times) finds a perfect foil in lyrical saxophonist Mark Turner.

Marcel Lucont’s Cabaret Jazztastique

Live at Zédel, 9pm ‘Debaucherous, delightful and debonair’, Marcel Lucont gives his acclaimed Cabaret Fantastique a jazz twist.

Avery Sunshine

Hideaway, 9pm Launching her album Twenty Sixty Four, Avery Sunshine spills the truth with heartfelt songs and a gospel-bred voice – ‘delivered from the gut with a joyful smile’ (Washington Post).

Mark Armstrong & Byron Wallen

606 Club, 9.30pm The centenary of Dizzy Gillespie – bebop pioneer, bandleader and trumpet supremo – is celebrated by two of the UK’s finest brassmen.

Tessa Souter

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 10.30pm See 7.30pm for details.

Mike Stern / Dave Weckl

Ronnie Scott’s, 11pm See Friday 17 November at 8pm for details.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes: Late-night sessions PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 11.30pm See Saturday 11 November at midnight for details.

Jazz2Rocksteady with Alex Garnett

Vortex, 11.30pm FREE Late-night hang featuring soulful jazz, reggae and rocksteady, led by pianist Bruno Heinen with guest saxophonist Alex Garnett.

Kings Place / Hall 2, midday FAMILY/TAKE PART

See Friday 10 November at 11am for details.

NYJO London Jazz Jam Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, midday FAMILY/TAKE PART

Special Festival edition of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s monthly jam sessions.

Alex Bonney + Samuel Eagles’ Spirit Ram Jam Club, 1pm Alex Bonney leads a quartet that nods its head to the innovators of free jazz, while saxophonist Eagles plays from his first Whirlwind CD Ask, Seek. Knock.

Tolvan Big Band

Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 1.30pm FREE In a day that celebrates the massive Scandinavian contribution to today’s international jazz scene, the Swedish Tolvan Big Band plays bold contemporary jazz that’s earnt them a reputation worthy of collaborations with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Michael Brecker.

Gareth Lockrane Big Band

Spice of Life, 1.30pm Gareth Lockrane’s phenomenal technique places him high in the jazz flute stakes – and his big band, powers through his luscious orchestrations and fiery grooves.

Zoe Francis with Jim Mullen

606 Club, 1.30pm Swinging through the standard repertoire, vocalist Zoe Francis teams up with the great guitarist Jim Mullen and pianist Kate Williams.

Mwalimu Express

Rich Mix, 1.30pm FAMILY/FREE Family friendly vision of AfriJazz heaven with childrens’ dance workshop and oware sessions, hosted by DJs Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt, with the European debut of the stunning Madalitsu Band.

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Quentin Collins


PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 1.30pm Trumpeter Collins’ crackling, Dizzyinspired solos attacking a set of modern jazz standards and originals with a team of young London bloods.

Cool Cats – Jazz and the Image

Barbican Cinema, 2pm Released in 2015, a touching account of Dexter Gordon and Ben Webster’s years in Copenhagen, with archive footage of live performance and interviews with sidemen, friends and the artists themselves.

Thelonious Monk at 100 – #1 Brilliant Corners

Cadogan Hall, 2pm Tony Kofi and Jonathan Gee curate a three-part odyssey into every composition that Monk ever wrote, with a line-up of UK jazz heavyweights revisiting some of the classic Monk albums, from duo to 11-piece. Part one builds out from Brilliant Corners, described in Downbeat as the most critically acclaimed album of 1957.

Diz Watson and the Doormen

Hideaway, 2pm New Orleans piano boogie and R&B from Diz ‘Honey Bear’ Watson, one of the British greats when it comes to barrel house piano.


Barbican / FreeStage, 2pm FREE Impressionistic guitar riffs, shimmering reverb, Estonia’s Erki Pärnoja creates a mellow, yet rough-hewn soundtrack to an imaginary movie – a highlight of this year’s Tallinn Music Week.

Gill Cook / Michelle Ingham Quintet Bull’s Head Barnes, 2.30pm Two inventive and deftly swinging jazz vocalists crossing the boundaries between jazz and blues, old and new.

Heavy Beauty


Peter Wilson Trio, Sam Barnett, B L A N (C) A N V A S

Marilyn Mazur – Shamania

Barbican / FreeStage, 3.20pm FREE Baltic improv meets metal. Estonian guitarist Jaak Sooäär and Lithuanian bass saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas move from sensuous beauty to raw noise, driven by the sheer bass and drum power of Estonia’s premier rock rhythm team.

IKLECTIK, 3.30pm Guitarist Peter Wilson’s trio, teenage saxophonist Sam Barnett playing his New York-London Suite, and drummer Romarna Campbell, with a set of music that draws from bebop to neo-soul.

Verneri Pohjola

St John’s Smith Square, 2.30pm Celebrated singer and broadcaster Clare Teal performs a selection of swinging, emotive and characterful songs accompanied by a crack ensemble of UK players.

Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 4pm FREE Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, a fast-rising star of European jazz, plays the music from his new Edition CD, described as a defining moment in Finnish culture – reinterpreting the music of hs late father, internationally renowned prog-rock bassist Pekka Pohjola, though the prism of his son’s lyrical and melodic sound.

London Jazz Orchestra

Expect the Unexpected – part two

Clare Teal and her Mini Big Band + Barford Stoneman

Vortex, 3pm ‘As fine a band as you can hear anywhere’ (Independent), the LJO continues premiering new work – featuring Noel Langley, Pete Hurt, Robbie Robson.

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita

Milton Court, 3pm Cuban pianist and composer Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player and singer Seckou Keita play from their album Transparent Water, music infused with a captivating serenity and gentle elation.

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Club Inégales, 4pm-9pm See Sunday 12 November at 4pm for details

Thelonious Monk At 100 – #2 Straight No Chaser

Cadogan Hall, 4.30pm Part two of the Monk odyssey includes Monk classics like Well You Needn’t, Round Midnight, Epistrophy and Ruby My Dear, with a band that includes Byron Wallen, Jean Toussaint, Jason Yarde, Jim Rattigan, Andy Grappy, Cleveland Watkiss, Ben Hazelton and Rod Youngs.

Barbican / FreeStage, 4.40pm FREE Bassist Peedu Kaas’s ‘intricately-woven remake of the piano trio format’ (Downbeat) made a real impact at their Vortex show last year – proof positive of the quality of music emanating from the Estonian scene. Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom, 5.45pm FREE Charismatic and visually stunning, Marilyn Mazur’s extraordinary command of all things percussive has been heard with Miles Davis and Jan Garbarek over the years. An essential role model for young musicians the world over, she brings her exuberant all-female 11-piece band to London for the first time.

Laura Perrudin

Barbican / FreeStage, 6pm FREE Taking the harp into a rich harmonic language, and using her expressive voice to the full, Perrudin gives free rein to the sinuous harmonies of her unclassifiable compositions – ‘as if Björk had chanced upon Herbie Hancock in a Dublin pub’ (Inter Paris radio).

Jaga Jazzist + Sinikka Langeland

Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm Ninja Tune’s Jaga Jazzist are one of the most successful and individually gifted bands on the European scene – quite simply, a fascinating musical law unto themselves. Sinikka Langeland plays her new ECM release, with an ensemble with soloists Arve Henriksen and Trygve Seim, and the brilliant voices of Trio Mediaeval.

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Joe Zawinul – Stories of the Danube + Terence Blanchard Quintet + BBC Concert Orchestra



Charles Tolliver

Vortex, 8pm Bassist Olie Brice leads a quintet with saxophonists Mike Fletcher and George Crowley, trumpeter Alex Bonney, drummer Jeff Williams. Guitarist Messore’s quartet features saxophonist Iain Ballamy.

Barbican, 7.30pm A rare performance of Joe Zawinul’s epic symphonic portrait of one of the world’s great rivers is paired with a newly commissioned orchestral work from Terence Blanchard, and conducted by Kristjan Järvi, inspired by Herbie Hancock’s impressionistic piano solos.

Earl Okin at 70 with Paul Ryan and Kenny Clayton Pheasantry, 8pm Earl Okin sings, plays piano and guitar, and joins fellow vocalist Paul Ryan and pianist Kenny Clayton, in a mix of jazz and bossa nova.

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

Thelonious Monk At 100 – #3 Monk At Town Hall 1959 With Charles Tolliver Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm The icing on the cake for this special series of concerts is the re-creation of Monk’s milestone 1959 Town Hall concert, with music written for a 10-piece band, led by the charismatic trumpeter, arranger and founder of Strata East Records Charles Tolliver, who attended the original concert as a teenager.

Bernd Reiter New York Allstars featuring Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander & Darryl Hall

PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 8pm Much-travelled octogenarian pianist Harold Mabern is the dynamic icing on the cake in a consummate hard bop quartet – the imposing saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist Darryl Hall and drummer Reiter.

The Ella Fitzgerald Centenary Concert: Liane Carroll & Claire Martin + The Barford Stoneman Quintet

St John’s Smith Square, 7.30pm The enduring legacy of the First Lady of Song is brought to life by two supremely gifted vocalists.

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita Milton Court, 7.30pm See 3pm for details.

Rob Luft

Omnibus Theatre, 7.30pm The word is out on Rob Luft – hotly tipped by The Times to ‘achieve great things’, the award-winning young guitarist plays from his debut Edition CD Riser.

The Thing + LUME meets Werkstatt Berne

Rich Mix, 8pm Headlong collision of free jazz, extreme noise and rock energy – saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilsson-Love are ‘the sonic equivalent of the Hulk doing battle with Godzilla’ (The Quietus). Opening set features an improv return fixture between saxophonists Dee Byrne and Cath Roberts and LUME compatriots, with Switzerland’s Simon Petermann and Oli Kuster.

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Dan Messore’s Indigo Kid + Olie Brice

Gero Schipmann

Ezra Collective

Islington Assembly Hall, 8pm Emerging from the Tomorrow’s Warriors hothouse, Ezra Collective are in the vanguard of today’s brit-jazz movement, with a heady brew of Afrobeat, jazz, hip hop and reggae.

Jazzmeia Horn

Ronnie Scott’s, 8pm Jazzmeia Horn has generated a massive stir in recent years, winning a string of major awards, and gathering unstinting praise from Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks. Catch her on her UK debut.

John Warren Nonet

Spice of Life, 8pm Revered as a composer for large jazz ensembles since the ‘60s, Warren’s new, richly evocative music reflects on Algonquin folk tales, played by a stellar young band.

Aron Ottignon

Archspace, 8pm From Woodkid to Stromae, Aron Ottignon has been hailed as an extraordinary musical talent. Now signed to Blue Note, he releases his new EP Hot Tub to coincide with his first London show for many years.

Ram Jam Club, 8.30pm Deceptively simple melody mutates into roaring crescendo in guitarist Schipmann’s sextet, packed with talented newcomers – saxophonists Duncan and Samuel Eagles in the front line.

Avery Sunshine

Hideaway, 8.30pm See Saturday 18 November at 9pm for details.

Polly Gibbons

606 Club, 8.30pm ‘Sizzling intensity and raw emotion’ is how Jazzwise described her voice. Polly Gibbons returns to the scene of her first London gig.

Yilian Cañizares

Live at Zédel, 9.15pm See Saturday 18 November at 7pm for details.

Vortex Downstairs Jazz Night Vortex / Downstairs, 9.30pm Festival edition of the Vortex weekly jam session curated by guitarist Hannes Riepler.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes: Late-night sessions PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 11pm See Saturday 11 November at midnight for details.

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INSIDER’S GUIDE With 10 days of events across the city, the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival is a musical feast

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Nérija, performing at the 2016 Festival


Music matters…

A day of shared knowledge and insight will help the music industry to build rewarding and positive careers for the future


ndustry Day, on Sunday 12 November, is a day-long programme of activity designed to bring together the music industry’s network through everything from a series of talks and seminars, designed to enable artists, promoters and producers to build rich and sustainable careers, to a FreeStage programme showcasing the next generation of aspiring young musicians at both the Barbican and Southbank Centre. Whatever stage you are at in your career, navigating the changing music industry landscape can throw up countless opportunities and challenges. Working in collaboration with some key industry partners, including Help Musicians UK (HMUK) and the Musicians’ Union (MU), we wanted to create a day that explores crucial and topical issues, and offers valuable insight and information to equip musicians, promoters and anyone within the music industry with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s world.

Key sessions at Southbank Centre on Sunday 12 November include:  HMUK, Gender Equality in Jazz: Changing Perceptions, Level 5 Function Room, 11am Chair Issie Barratt, the internationally recognised and award-winning jazz composer, educator and record producer, and fellows from the Jazz Promoters Fellowship programme will discuss gender equality in the sector.  HMUK, Music Minds Matter, Level 5 Function Room, 12.30pm Chaired by HMUK, the panel will explore and discuss the music industry’s response to mental health, following on from the launch of #MusicMindsMatter, a campaign for music industry wide support of the charity’s 24/7 mental health service for people working in music.

Alongside these panel discussions, our music journalism programme, The Write Stuff, offering valuable experience for emerging writers, will be held on the day and throughout the rest of the Festival. Our Next Generation Takes Over programme also features a range of tomorrow’s stars, with free performances taking over Southbank Centre and the Barbican. See page 31 for details. So, whether you’ve been in the industry for years or just months, Industry Day will let you network with fellow participants, engage with stimulating content and conversation, and absorb valuable insights to deal with challenges the music landscape may throw up both now and in the future. Make a note in your diary: Industry Day, Sunday 12 November, Southbank Centre.

 Musicians’ Union, ‘Live Sector’ panel session, Sunley Pavilion, 2pm The Musicians’ Union panel session will offer insight to musicians working in the live music sector, with the aim of helping them to build successful relationships with promoters.

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The next generation takes over



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ur Next Generation Takes Over events are the perfect place to see new talent in action, and for the 25th anniversary our programme is bigger than ever! We’re also linking up with exciting new campaign #jazz100, celebrating the future of great British jazz. These are some of the musicians that we think represent its vibrant future – tell us what you think and who yours are using the hashtag #jazz100! Taking over FreeStages at the Barbican and Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom for Sunday 12 November, the programme celebrates emerging young musicians from across the UK, providing a platform for the incredible music they are making,


EFG London Jazz Festival is known for showcasing the work of some of the highest-profile artists in international music. However, the festival also strives to provide audiences with opportunities to be the first to hear the rising stars of tomorrow as well as space for exciting collaboration with professional artists. These collaborations include AKA Singers, a The future of jazz fantastic young-person’s choir run by the Tri-Borough Classical Meets Jazz are a youth ensemble Hub, working on a performance with based in Hackney and run by the LSO, singer and beatboxer Bellatrix. Barbican Serious and Hackney Music Service, Guildhall’s (Im)Possibilities group will providing young people with an opportunity also perform a collaboration with Nubya to experience and explore these exciting Garcia, and you can catch Youthsayers, genres. They will perform at Southbank the young musicians’ project run by Centre’s Clore Ballroom, as will South jazz, reggae and Afro-dub influenced London group ArtsTrain, who will be joined group Soothsayers, who play Rich on stage by musicians ESKA and James Yarde. Mix the previous evening. The day will also feature performances from some of the UK’s top music colleges and Youthsayers conservatoires, such as Trinity Laban, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Leeds College of Music, as well as a performance from the National Youth Jazz Collective, which is celebrating its 10th year in 2017. So, if you’re interested in witnessing the future of jazz first-hand, get down to the Barbican and Southbank Centre on Sunday 12 November, as we dedicate a full day to the Next Generation.

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A special series of concerts bringing the flavours of Brazil to the Festival


supported by

Eliane Elias


Cadogan Hall, Tuesday 14 November

Barbican, Friday 17 November

Following her Grammy-winning album ‘Made in Brazil’, the charismatic pianist and singer plays a rare London concert with a brand new album ‘Dance of Time’ blending her Brazilian roots and sensuous, alluring voice with trademark, dynamic instrumental skills.

With this concert and her new album, Carminho sings the songbook of Antônio Carlos Jobim, celebrating his 90th birthday, with a band that features his son and grandson, Paulo and Daniel Jobim, and legendary cellist Jaques Morelenbaum.

Samba Brazil

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GIVE THE GIFT OF LIVE MUSIC The Festival’s Serious New Audiences scheme offers the opportunity for young people and community groups to attend world-class live music who otherwise could not afford to attend. You can give the gift of live music now, by donating to our charity Serious Trust and contributing to these vital programmes. TEXT JAZZ25 £5 to 70070 Serious Trust is a registered charity no. 1145535

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Embrace the music

From Jazz for Toddlers to family shows and talks to singing workshops, the EFG London Jazz Festival Learning and Participation programme offers something for everyone



Ranjana Ghatak


Heidi Heidelberg

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his year, there are more ways to get involved with the Festival than ever. Our participatory project, A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World, will allow participants of all ages to play guitar with a live band, led by guitarist Chris Montague. If playing isn’t for you, join the audience and be taken on a journey through the history of the electric guitar in popular music. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Hull Jazz Festival to co-ordinate this performance at the Albemarle Music Centre in Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, on Saturday 11 November, and at Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom on Saturday 18 November. Alongside this, we’ll be presenting both school and family shows at the beautiful Wigmore Hall. Led by singer Ranjana Ghatak and bass player Liran Donin, the shows will explore music from around the world, giving an opportunity for all those who wish to join in to do so. Our ever-popular Serious Sing session will return on Saturday 18 November, led by Cleveland Watkiss and Filomena Campus. Held at Kings Place, it will focus on the music of jazz genius Thelonious Monk 100 years on from his birth, stretching the vocal chords of a mix of generations. For our youngest fans, we have Jazz for Toddlers workshops dotted around the capital throughout the festival. Led by musicians Chris Sharkey and Heidi Heidelberg, these will be packed with movement and music, giving parents and carers lots of ideas to take home. Find out more in our listings. During the Festival, and throughout the year, Serious is committed to ensuring that music is accessible to all. That’s why the majority of our participation events are free of charge. We also run Serious New Audiences, a ticket scheme for groups who may experience cultural or economic barriers when accessing our live concerts. Jazz for Toddlers and A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World have been commissioned as part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme. More details on pages 7 and 23. For more information about our Learning and Participation programme or to book group tickets through our Serious New Audiences scheme, please email

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Help us keep jazz happening

Yazz Ahmed

‘A timely reminder of where the love of music-making often begins – through chance meetings, faltering beginnings and inspiring guides’ The Guardian on mass-participation project Make It/Break It at the 2016 Festival

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commitment is still being felt today via new music that we commissioned many years ago. As an example, we commissioned the versatile and imaginative musician and educator Adriano Adewale to create a new family show in 2013. Catapluf’s Musical Journey was born, and the show has since toured internationally, enthralling more than 3,000 people in schools and family audiences across the UK, France, Poland, Sweden and Norway. To continue this commitment, this year we’ve launched the 25 for 25: New Music Matters campaign to raise £25,000 TATIANA GORILOUSKY


s this year’s stellar programme shows us, jazz is a living, breathing art form that attracts and sustains some of the world’s most creative, forward-thinking musicians. It knows no boundaries, and that’s why we love it. In its 25-year history, the Festival has been committed both to creating crucial opportunities for artists to develop their skills, so we can help to build a vibrant music scene for everyone to enjoy, and to offering inspiring opportunities to emerging artists and young people. The legacy of this

towards the commissioning of new music and ensure it continues to be at the heart of the Festival programme for years to come. Key highlights from this year’s 25 for 25 commissioning programme include the international heavyweight Terence Blanchard, Chris Montague’s participatory A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World and Yazz Ahmed at Kings Place (more details on pages 26, 23 and 21 respectively). Creating opportunities for artists to push creative boundaries, and to take a broad range of people along with them, requires extra support from people like you. We hope you’ll help us use this iconic 25th Festival as a springboard for the next generation of young music-makers, and the most promising emerging talent on the UK jazz scene. To be a part of this momentous year, please donate to the 25 for 25 campaign by texting ‘JAZZ25 £5’ to 70070. For more information on the Festival’s charity, Serious Trust, or to donate online, please go to:

With your help, we can continue unlocking music’s potential. Serious Trust is a registered charity no.1145535.

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United kingdom of jazz The Jazz Festival isn’t just the programme you have in your hands. It’s also a set of connections across the country and far beyond


or all of our 25 years, we’ve been asking Pat Metheny to play the Festival. He finally agreed, and not only will he bring his new quartet, which features British pianist Gwilym Simcock, but he will tour to Warwick, Hull and Belfast (see the inside front cover for details). Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, and J-Night are running a parallel jazz festival to the EFG London Jazz Festival: as well as Pat Metheny, we also share Moon Hooch, Andy Sheppard, Chris Montague’s A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World, Bill Laurance from Snarky Puppy, Hull’s own Revenu and Arun Ghosh’s new band. You can see Andy Sheppard across the country. As well as Hull, and two shows at Kings Place, his quartet will be touring their forthcoming ECM album Beyond

came together to ask Dave Maric to write for the mighty combination of Phronesis and Engines Orchestra, which is part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme (see ‘Help us keep jazz happening’ on page 32 for details). Raymond MacDonald and Christian Ferlaino created the live score for the documentary Together, which was commissioned by the PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders programme with partners including the Jazz Festival, HippFest in Bo’ness, Belfast International Arts Festival, Sound & Vision and Chapter Cardiff. Dave Maric’s piece has already been broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now, and you can hear dozens of hours of EFG London Jazz Festival programming on the BBC, Jazz FM and beyond, broadcast across the world. For details, head to: Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita


Pat Metheny

The Dancing Sun to Southampton, Bristol and Cambridge. There will also be concerts outside London by Henri Texier (Nottingham and Saffron Walden), Jaimeo Brown (Birmingham) and Stefano Bollani (Saffron Walden), and our friends at Mwldan have organised a national tour for Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita around their two shows at Milton Court. The Festival has always featured Scottish composers and creators, but this year we also feature a wealth of artists from outside London, including Huw Warren from Wales, Matthew Bourne and Chris Sharkey from Leeds, Skeltr and Beats & Pieces from Manchester, and Keith Tippett and John Surman from the West Country. It’s not just about live shows – three jazz festivals (Cheltenham, Manchester and us)

Chris Montague

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New for 2017

The Floacist

London venues making their debut this year

When we put Christian Scott into the Electric Ballroom, we realised that although it has been going for more than 70 years, it’s the first show the Festival has done there. Crazy Coqs has been reinvented as Live At Zédel: its programme ranges wider than ever. Way Out West will be using the Ram Jam Club in Kingston, and our hotel sponsors have brought in Scoff & Banter Kensington, where we present Anoushka Lucas. We are delighted to see the London Borough of Croydon returning to the Festival. With Graeme Miall at Hideaway, they are bringing The Floacist, Maisha and TriForce at Stanley Halls in South Norwood (following the work we did there with The Streets) and taking gospel to the epic setting of Croydon Minster.

Jazz and the Image Jazz has always had style. Stretching back to the grainy images of the music’s early days, there’s a visual quality that draws the outsider into the music – whether through a love affair between jazz and the cinema, through photo images that convey the sheer elegance and energy of the music, or through the impact that jazz has had on a succession of artists stretching back to the Harlem Renaissance and before. The Festival’s programme this year extends through its established relationship with the Barbican Cinema, to special projects linked to major exhibitions at the Royal Academy, the Barbican and National Portrait Gallery. The film programme includes three documentaries that dig into the jazz life: Cool Cats profiles Dexter Gordon and Ben Webster, black American musicians who found space in Europe during the ‘50s and ‘60s; the recent documentary about John Coltrane, Chasing Trane; and a new film telling the story of pianist Fred Hersch. The screening of 1959’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, with music from Monk and Art Blakey, recalls a time when European cinema discovered that jazz provided a coolly atmospheric soundtrack to the new wave; and a programme of two movies from the Free Cinema movement includes a 1950s silent semi-documentary, Together, set in a post-war East End cityscape, with a new, specially commissioned live, improvised score. Connecting to visual art, Jasper Johns at the Royal Academy takes the artist’s collaborations with John Cage as a stimulus for an exploration of the graphic score with Club Inégales, while Black Top responds to Basquiat’s jazz-inspired paintings. And there’s The Jazz Moment – the evocative work of jazz photographers Alan John Ainsworth and John Watson, at the Cowcross Street Gallery.

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In our 25th year, we thank the musicians, producers and clubs who have been there all the way, and celebrate the new venues in our birthday Festival. Our friends at Soundcrash have opened Archspace, a new club in Haggerston – a great place to see Aron Ottignon and more. PizzaExpress is opening a new club in Holborn, Martin Morales is creating a night with Dee Byrne and LUME at the Old Street branch of Ceviche, and Courtney Pine and Omar find their way to The Bridge – Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr’s new theatre at Tower Bridge. Producer John Billett has reshaped the St James Theatre into The Other Palace, and brought in long-established concert hall St John’s Smith Square.

Talking Jazz 100 years since the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded Livery Stable Blues, the evolution of jazz has been documented and charted – and its relationship with a fast-changing world is mirrored in its own helter-skelter ride through different styles. It’s a great moment to delve into the archive. With the Festival’s first Study Day at the Southbank Centre (11 November), the Festival’s 2017 professorin-residence, Catherine Tackley, Head of Music at Liverpool University, curates a day of exploration into the impact of the arrival of jazz in Britain and its broader influence on culture and society – its nightlife, theatre, literature, domestic life, visual art and design – with a range of guest contributors. The event is free, and you can drop in and out of sessions throughout the day. Around the concert programme, our Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya strand, this year planned in association with JazzFM, includes pre-show interviews with Dee Dee Bridgewater and the aforementioned Fred Hersch, giving audiences an insight into the alchemy of the creative process. In Way into the Way Out, two of the UK scene’s emerging talents, Heidi Heidelberg and Shirley Tetteh, talk about their personal routes into jazz. Alongside Theatralia’s Monk Misterioso, journey into the complex world of Thelonious Monk. Singer and director Filomena Campus will be joined in a panel session with a range of speakers to discuss Monk’s life and the relationship between music and mental health. For more detail on all of the above, check out the Festival website.

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SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS The Festival would like to thank EFG, our headline sponsor since 2013 and co-creator in 2008 of the EFG Excellence Series. Global private banking group EFG play a fundamental role in supporting the quality and breadth of the overall Festival programme and is a worldwide supporter of jazz. We would like to thank them for enabling the EFG London Jazz Festival to realise its artistic ambitions as we continue to enthral music lovers across the capital.

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The Festival would like to thank Arts Council England, which has supported the Festival since it began.

The Festival is only possible with the help of our valued partners and supporters so we would like to thank the following organisations:

We rely on the support of generous individuals and organisations to help us deliver the range of programmes which ticket sales and other funding alone do not cover. We would like to thank the following for their support:

EsmĂŠe Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Paul and Keith Adams, Alexander and Marina Landia, Aspect Charitable Trust, Ann Grant, John and Julie Williamson, The Hollick Family Charitable Trust, The Worshipful Company of Horners, Jorg Mohaupt, Jerry Graber, Nick Basden and Vivian Hunt, Jonathan Levy, Martin and Diana Muirhead, Philip and Biddy Percival, Lukas Ruflin, Andrew and Janet Stone, Miles and Karen Storey and all Serious Trust donors.

We would also like to acknowledge our partners who are presenting work across the Festival:

Fane Productions, Graeme Miall, Groove Baby, Hampstead Arts Festival, Jazz Repertory Company, JBGB Events, Live Nation, LUME, Marshall Arts, Match&Fuse, Metropolis, Mopomoso, Mwalimu Express, Mwldan, Paul Pace, Soundcrash and all the programmers and venues that contribute to the Festival programme and the richness of London’s jazz scene throughout the year.

The Festival would also like to recognise our co-commissioning partners:

Terence Blanchard: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music and Artistic Director, Jazztopad Festival and National Forum of Music, Wroclaw, Poland. Dave Maric, Phronesis and Engines Orchestra: Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Manchester Jazz Festival.

The Festival is proud to be a member of the Europe Jazz Network, the International Jazz Festivals Organisation and the Jazz Promotion Network

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Photo Credit: Roger Thomas

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2017 - Guide  

The full list of concerts, talks, fims, workshops etc that make up the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival; the festival's 25th anniversary. For m...

EFG London Jazz Festival 2017 - Guide  

The full list of concerts, talks, fims, workshops etc that make up the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival; the festival's 25th anniversary. For m...