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THE BIGGER PICTURE JAZZ RECORD REQUESTS Sun 17 Nov, 2.30pm, Barbican FreeStage Alyn Shipton hosts a live recording of the time-honoured BBC Radio 3 programme with Festival guests including Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade, performing later in the day with Wayne Shorter.

JAZZ AND THE IMAGE Sat 23 Nov, 2pm, Southbank Centre/Front Room Photographer David Redfern was once described by Dexter Gordon as “the Cartier-Bresson of jazz”. His iconic images of jazz artists down the decades form part of a joint exhibition with the talented young photographer Edu Hawkins – a fascinating insight into the art of photography and music.


THINKING WITH JAZZ A series of panel sessions that investigate the structure, resonance and importance of jazz in today’s cultural environment. Co-hosted with Tony Whyton and George McKay, leading lights in the team that produced the international research project, Rhythm Changes – Jazz Cultures and European Identities, this programme forms the centrepiece of a new collaboration between the Festival and the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme.

THE VALUE AND IMPACT OF JAZZ FESTIVALS 2pm, Sun 24 Nov, Southbank Centre/Level 4 Blue Bar George McKay hosts a panel session featuring John Cumming, Director of Serious producers of the EFG London Jazz Festival and other international Festival directors, examining the social and cultural value of Festivals and their relationship to location and the community around them, alongside their contribution to the art form itself.

WHY RESEARCH MATTERS – THE CONTEXT OF JAZZ IN 2013 3pm, Sun 24 Nov, Southbank Centre/Level 4 Blue Bar Research into the social, political and economic background – and the musicology – of jazz is a rapidly growing field. Hosted by Tony Whyton and George McKay, this session encourages a dialogue aimed at bringing together the worlds of academic study, the process of creative musicmaking and the crucial role of the audience.

Talks within this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival…

4pm, Sun 24 Nov, Southbank Centre/Level 4 Blue Bar Jazz has come a very long way in a relatively short time – but many of the artists who shaped its destiny are no longer here. Tony Whyton and guests ask how can today’s jazz scene communicate the resonance of the artists that transformed the music to the musicians and audiences of today?

THE JAZZ INDUSTRY – LOOKING FORWARD 5pm, Sun 24 Nov, Southbank Centre/Level 4 Blue Bar Representatives from the media and the jazz business look into the crystal ball – how can jazz most effectively grow its role as a dynamic and forward-looking force in the arts. This will be chaired by Nicholas Gebhardt and include contributions from Tim Wall and Andrew Dubber.

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In-depth interviews with Festival artists, panel sessions that explore the background to Festival concerts and celebrate jazz icons, and the latest edition of Way Into the Way Out – this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival’s Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya programme is designed to illuminate the resonance – past, present and future – of jazz and its universe.


BOB JAMES AND DAVID SANBORN Sat 17 Nov, 6pm, Barbican Hall Setting the scene for their evening performance, two of today’s jazz masters discuss their occasional collaborations, the legacy of Dave Brubeck, and the inspiration behind the music from their latest CD.

TIGRAN HAMASYAN Tue 19 Nov, 6pm, Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Pre-concert interview with the brilliant young pianist and composer, talking about the way that he brings together the music of his Armenian heritage, contemporary improvisation and the making of his latest cd.

KETIL BJORNSTAD Thu 21 Nov, 6pm, Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Composer, writer, pianist – Ketil Bjornstad occupies a unique place in Norwegian culture. This preconcert interview explores his fascination with the work of the seminal painter Edvard Munch, and how the visual arts can inspire the creative musician.

WAY IN TO THE WAY OUT Saturday 16 Nov, 5pm (Part 1), Sunday 17 Nov, 5pm (Part 2) Southbank Centre/Front Room Guitarist Chris Sharkey (late of trioVD) and bassist Andy Champion (of ACV) grew up together – their two sessions trace the story of how two Tyneside teenagers discovered the world of jazz and its history.

THE WORLD OF JAZZ Just what makes the Dutch scene so distinctive in its radical – even anarchic – take on jazz? Punctuating a series of live sets from three of today’s most quirkily inventive bands, journalist Henning Bolt describes the history, whilst Loes Rusch take a look into the generations of today and tomorrow

DUTCH JAZZ: Looking Back Sat 16 Nov, 2.30pm, Barbican Fountain Room

DUTCH JAZZ: Looking Forward Sat 16 Nov, 4pm, Barbican Fountain Room

JAZZ AND THE CARIBBEAN Tue 19 Nov, 6pm, Barbican FreeStage Paving the way for the evening’s concert from Courtney Pine and Monty Alexander, Catherine Tackley – one of the team behind the research programme “What is Black British Jazz”, leads a panel session that traces the history and cultural impact of a journey that links Kingston and London with the evolution of jazz.

Sun 17 Nov, 5pm, Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Alex Webb’s series of jazz/theatre productions have featured in the Festival for some years now, delving into the patina of jazz history. Here he takes part in a panel session that sets the scene for the tumultuous birth of bebop, and discusses the story behind Parker’s classic mid forties recordings.

CHARLES MINGUS Fri 22 Nov, 6.30pm Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Gary Crosby and Kevin LeGendre lead a panel session that illustrates the role and history of the bass in jazz, and the music of one of its greatest practitioners, Charles Mingus – in advance of the Nu Civilisation Orchestra’s interpretation of one of his seminal works, Black Saint and the Sinner Lady.

DUKE ELLINGTON Sat 23 Nov, 4.30pm, Southbank Centre/Front Room Some forty years after his death, Duke Ellington remains a towering figure in jazz, a massive influence on the evolution of the music. Today’s panel session including Walter van de Leur leads into an evening of the Duke’s music, and probes the lasting impact of Ellington on today’s jazz community – with contributors including the Ellington/Strayhorn scholar Walter van de Leur.

MASTERCLASSES PETER IND Sat 16 Nov, 3pm, Southbank Centre/Level 5 Function Room The veteran bassist talks technique and reflects upon a career stretching back to playing with the fathers of the cool school, Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz.

JOHN SURMAN Sat 23 Nov, 3.30pm, Southbank Centre/St Paul’s Pavilion Alexander Hawkins discusses saxophone technique, composition and a life in jazz with one of a select few British jazz artists to have made a worldwide impact.

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The Festival supplements its music programme each year with a number of free talks and panel sessions from musicians, journalists, broadcast...