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Fri 15 - Sun 24 November 2013

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David Murray Infinity Quartet

Ronnie Scott’s Mon 14 and Tue 15 October 2013


O2 Brixton Academy Wed 13 November 2013

Rokia TraorÉ

Royal Festival Hall Wed 13 November 2013

Ben L’Oncle Soul

Scala Wed 4 December 2013

Salif Keita

Pat Metheny Unity Band

Barbican Tue 8 April 2014

Hammersmith Apollo Wed 11 June 2014

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Festival in Full – A Day by day Guide


Festival supporters


Welcome. Welcome to a very special EFG London Jazz Festival. 2013 marks the 21st birthday of a 10 day celebration that extends throughout London, taking an extraordinary range of live music to venues of every shape and size. Jazz, and the myriad styles that touch on this most vibrant of contemporary musics, plays a vital part in the city’s network of cultures and communities throughout the year, in an event that has grown over the years to be the capital’s biggest city-wide music Festival. We are delighted that this landmark year is also the first year of EFG International’s title sponsorship of the Festival, building on five years of their valued support through the EFG Excellence series. With EFG joining the Arts Council of England and a huge range of funders and sponsors from both public and private sectors, alongside strong partnerships with venues and producers, the Festival is able to maintain and build on its high standards of programming and production. Of course, it’s the music and its audience that lie at the heart of the Festival, and our 21st year delves into the past, present and – crucially – the future of jazz. Within the programme, you’ll find 21 special commissions – new music from established stars and young explorers. Alongside artists who have helped change the course of jazz history, you’ll find the artists that will shape the next steps. The music is made all the richer as inspiration is passed down through generations, and as jazz absorbs different cultures and ideas. The Festival actively encourages this process, not only through its programme of concerts and finding platforms for new work as well as finding new ways to illuminate the music’s traditions, but also through an ever-growing commitment to the new generation of players and listeners, through workshops and community music projects, initiatives such as Jazz for Toddlers and The Write Stuff, family-friendly performances, and themes such as Next Generation Takes Over. The last day of the Festival provides the climax, with key figures in the evolution of jazz performing throughout the city, complemented by our 21st birthday party at the Southbank; an explosion of young talent, workshops and talks, and large scale participatory work created for the event – Bold as Brass and the Serious Big Sing. Each year, strands emerge in the programme that take the audience on a journey, sometimes into the unknown. Building out of last year’s Jazz in the New Europe programme, this year’s Festival introduces artists from across the continent, many of them performing in the UK for the first time, and includes a special focus on jazz from the Netherlands. As always, the UK’s own jazz scene – richer than ever as the generations unfold – has a crucial presence, with a sizeable contingent crossing the border from Scotland. Looking East traces the interplay between jazz and cultures from eastern Europe and deep into Asia, whilst a series of concerts – and a complementary film programme – reflect the response of jazz to the civil rights movement, in a year that sees the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s seminal “I Have a Dream” speech. You can find more by browsing through this brochure, and by checking out the Festival’s website and social media. We hope you enjoy the festival.

Festival On The Move Taking jazz to the four corners of the city is a big part of the Festival programme, with music happening – sometimes unexpectedly - in spaces of all shapes and sizes, including a range of free events. Two artists feature heavily in 2013’s Festival On The Move strand – the engagingly witty New York singer/ songwriter Alan Hampton, and the gloriously portable a cappella group Vive – you’ll find them popping up throughout the Festival, both planned and unplanned…


Alan Hampton

The six a cappella voices of Vive create rich diverse harmonies with a fresh, contemporary sound. A complete synthesis of pop, fusion, harmony, jazz and spirituals. Winners of The Voice Festival UK 2013.

Since Alan Hampton’s leap from bassist sideman (Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato) to solo artist, he has gained notoriety as an unconventionally witty singer/songwriter with a fine début record, The Moving Sidewalk to his name. ‘Hale, upbeat, light-voiced, helplessly melodic…’ (New York Times)

1pm Sun 17 November artsdepot 5pm Sun 17 November Theatre Royal Stratford East Midday Fri 22 November Royal Albert Hall/Café 6.30pm Fri 22 November Barbican/FreeStage 2pm Sun 24 November Forge

8pm Mon 18 November The Oxford Midday Thu 21 November Royal Albert Hall/Café 6pm Fri 22 November Barbican/FreeStage 1pm Sun 24 November artsdepot 5pm Sun 24 November Theatre Royal Stratford East


Fri 15 November


CÉline Bonacina

Southbank Centre/ Clore Ballroom 1pm FREE

Southbank Centre/ Front Room 5.30pm FREE

Trumpeter Nick Smart’s new band explores the instrumental fireworks and grooves that lie at the heart of Afro-Cuban jazz.

Céline Bonacina’s rumbustious baritone saxophone is rapidly gathering acclaim throughout Europe – as a member of the first Take 5 Europe, and with two recordings for ACT, she is one of the brightest talents to emerge from France in recent years, and recipient of this year’s Talents Jazz Adami award.

Dominic Alldis St James’ Church Piccadilly 1.10pm

Joined by the vibraphone virtuoso Anthony Kerr, Dominic Aldis leads a trio whose delicate interplay conjures up memories of the consummate chamber jazz of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Also on Fri 22 and Sat 23 November.

Jazz Voice Barbican 7.30pm

The Festival’s signature opening night gala returns with its epoch-spanning celebration of singing and song. The list of past guests stretches from Georgie Fame and Kurt Elling to Paloma Faith and Patti Austin. Arranged, scored and conducted by Guy Barker, this year sees a brand new clutch of singers and 40-piece orchestra mark the major anniversaries, birthdays and milestones that link the decades. This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Kai Hoffman

Fri 15 November

Barbican FreeStage 6pm FREE

With Do It While You Can, international singing sensation Kai Hoffman takes her listeners on an intimate and sometimes cheeky journey through lovers, litigation and loss – whilst proving that contagious laughter really is the best medicine - a whirlwind of emotions, from wishful to wild with songs from Fran Landesman to Propellerheads and her own songs, Kai leaves her listeners full of ‘… an insatiable joie de vivre rare in these cynical times’ (Marlbank). Medeski, Martin and Wood Ronnie Scott’s 6.15pm

Jazz, funk, avant-noise and a million other musical currents and impulses collide in one almighty wall of sound, where supple, relentless beats are topped by genre-defying compositions and fearless improv. A rare opportunity to see one of the defining bands of the past two decades up close and personal. Also on Sat 16 November. Nils Petter Molvær with Tord Knudsen Kings Place 7.30pm

Nils Petter Molvaer, artist in-residence for Scene Norway 2, brings an expansive sense of space to his brooding trumpet and electronic sound world - joined by visual artist Tord Knudsen - treating visual components as another improvisational layer, Knudsen shapes his lighting and projections in response to the architecture of the hall.


Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis + Zena Edwards Southbank Centre/ Royal Festival Hall 7.30pm

A rare opportunity to experience the intimate side of South African maestro Hugh Masekela, in a sumptuously lyrical series of duets with master pianist Larry Willis, revisiting a friendship stretching back to their days together at college in New York in the 60s. Their release Friends is a masterpiece of chamber jazz combined with the sheer exuberance of the Masekela style. In the first half, performance poet, writer and musician Zena Edwards premieres a new work commissioned by the PRS For Music Foundation. Because of the high ticket demand this show has been moved from the Queen Elizabeth Hall to the Royal Festival Hall. Hossein Alizadeh + Pejman Hadadi

Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm

Two great figures of Persian classical music step forward for an evening of extended ecstatic improvisation. Hossein Alizadeh, who plays tar, setar and lutes, joins forces with the phenomenal percussionist Pejman Hadadi for a rare British concert. Hugh Masekela

Black Top


Fri 15 November

RenÉ Marie

PizzaExpress Jazz Club 7.30pm and 10.30pm (two performances)

Electrifying and lifeenhancing, René Marie draws together jazz, soul, gospel and Americana in a powerfully personal statement - an artist of rare honesty and commitment and one of today’s most individual voices, winner of the Rising Star Vocalist award in Downbeat. Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra + Brass Jaw Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room 7.45pm

Stan Sulzmann celebrates his 65th birthday with a specially formed big band, featuring soloists who span some five decades of British jazz. At the forefront of European contemporary jazz since the 1960s, both as saxophonist and gifted composer, Sulzmann is a source of inspiration to many of Britain’s emerging young musicians. Brass Jaw’s threesaxophones-and-atrumpet line-up is guaranteed to raise the spirits - entertaining and witty as well as musically adventurous, the quartet have travelled the world and won multiple awards. ‘Powerful, affecting, superbly played’ (The Scotsman)

Enrico Pieranunzi + Julie Sassoon

Bishopsgate Institute 8pm

Italian pianist and composer Enrico Pieranunzi leads a terrific trio - Enzo Zirilli and Geoff Gascoyne. In a career studded with landmark collaborations – Chet Baker, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz are just a few - his playing is intensely lyrical, while swinging with energy and freshness. ‘Remember his name, get lost in his music.’ (Jazz Times). Pianist/composer Julie Sassoon plays an opening set drawn from the music on her most recent solo recording Land of Shadows. ‘Music of rare beauty’ (Jazzwise). George Crowley Band + Kaz Simmons Green Note 8pm

Hot off the heels of his début album Paper Universe, George Crowley leads a quartet featuring pianist Dan Nicholls that takes full advantage of his skills both as saxophonist and as a writer of strongly melodic, original themes. Singer/songwriter Kaz Simmons and band support with an intimate and lyrical jazz/folkinspired set.

Cafe OTO 8pm

PEDRITO MARTINEZ artsdepot 8pm

Utterly joyful and completely addictive latin sounds from New York. Havana-born percussionist Pedrito played with the much loved Cuban/afrobeat band Yerba Buena, and with artists as wide-ranging as Sting, Bebo Valdes and Joe Lovano – and he made a huge impact when he guested with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in London last summer with his astonishing pianist Ariacne Trujillo. ‘complex, blenderized, Africa-to-theNew-World funk’ (The New York Times).

Black Top is back for two special nights. Founded by Pat Thomas (piano/ electronics) and Orphy Robinson (vibes) and featuring guest American saxophonist Marco Eneidi, the ad hoc Black Top series is dedicated to exploring the intersection of live improv and the technology of dub, reggae and other worldly noises. Also on Sat 16 November.

London Vocal Project + Albert Hera Forge 8.30pm

Pete Churchill’s hugely versatile improvising choir keeps exploring new ground, here inviting the astonishing Italian ‘sound teller’, a cappella improviser Albert Hera, in an evening of vocal exploration with one set of completely spontaneous Circlesongs and a set of Vocal Project classics and new material.

Down To The Bone Hideaway 9pm

Fri 15 November

DTTB’s trademark style is infectious grooves, hooky riffs and head-nodding rhythms, so be ready to hit that floor and dance to fuel-injected jazz/funk of the highest order. And once the band are spent, the night continues with a DJ set of funky grooves from band founder Stuart Wade and co-DJ Jazz John.


Krar Collective by Jacob Crawfurd

Submotion Orchestra KOKO 8pm

Submotion Orchestra is a live seven-piece project from Leeds, incorporating deep bass-driven grooves and dense textures in their progressive live dubstep sound. Founded by members of the Gentleman’s Dub Club, the Submotion crew put on one of the finest sets at the last Soundwave Festival out in Croatia, and are now poised to take over London with their infectious rumbling basslines, Ruby Wood’s silky vocals and their affecting jazz and ska influenced arrangements. Don’t sleep! Andy Davies’ Bop Shop Spice of Life 8pm

Welsh trumpeter Andy Davies fires on all cylinders with a hard bop quintet playing out of the classic mould of Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and Cedar Walton.

Krar Collective AND Akalé Wubé Rich Mix 9pm

Township Comets Vortex 8.30pm

The Township Comets play the searing, joyous music of South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, the extrovert South African saxophonist who took the UK and European scene by storm in the 70s and 80s. Featuring vocalist Pinise Saul, the Queen of South African Jazz, the Comets line-up includes renowned London-based musicians Chris Batchelor (trumpet), Jason Yarde (saxophone), Adam Glasser (piano) and Frank Tontoh (drums).

Sandy Sucholdolski

Polish Jazz Café POSK 9pm

Young bass player Sandy Sucholdolski is one to watch – a key member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, his bass playing has been heard with artists ranging from Digby Fairweather and Alan Barnes to Gilad Atzmon and Trish Clowes. Here he performs with his trio in a set inspired by Oscar Peterson.

Funked-up Ethiopian roots band Krar Collective invite Parisian jazzers Akalé Wubé and their groovy retro Golden Age sound to make their UK début. Annbjørg Lien and Roger Tallroth Kings Place 9.30pm

One of Norway’s greatest Hardanger fiddle players, Annbjørg Lien, is joined by the eminent Swedish guitarist Roger Tallroth. Rich and diverse colours, vibrant energy and a sense of space that evokes Nordic landscapes and rich folk traditions. Part of Scene Norway 2.

Nina Ferro with Imaani 606 Club 9.30pm

Featuring two of the very best vocalists around performing an incredible selection of soul, groove and R&B. Imaani has worked with the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Michael Bolton, Lulu and Beverley Knight and is best known as the lead singer with Incognito. Nina Ferro has performed all over the world with artists including Tony Bennett, Jose Feliciano, Ricky Martin, Chick Corea and David Sanborn.

JAZZ ON 3 LAUNCH Ronnie Scott’s 10.30pm FREE

Jez Nelson hosts the now traditional show that kicks off the festival, broadcast live from Ronnie Scott’s, featuring interviews and sets from festival artists. The event is free but tickets are essential. For more details on how to apply, visit tickets/ This event will be broadcast live on Jazz on 3 from 11pm.

Kentish Town Instant Orchestra


Sat 16 November

Bob James and David Sanborn + Zoe Rahman Quartet

Barbican 7.30pm

David Sanborn’s eloquent alto saxophone and award-winning pianist Bob James perform together for the first time in the UK with the music from their second album together, Quartette Humaine – a beautifully crafted and lyrical set that pays tribute to Dave Brubeck’s classic Quartet with Paul Desmond. A mouth-watering live band also features one of today’s greatest drummers, Steve Gadd, and bassist Scott Colley. Support comes from MOBO awardwinning British pianist Zoe Rahman, exploring her combined English, Irish and Bengali heritage in characteristically personal style with Idris Rahman, Alec Dankworth and Gene Calderazzo – ‘Holy soul food, Batman… It feels good to listen to a musician who plays from the heart’ (All About Jazz). Bob James and David Sanborn will give a pre-concert talk at 6pm which is free to all.

Southbank Centre/ Front Room 1pm FREE

The Kentish Town Instant Orchestra has deep roots – they describe themselves as ‘tottering on the shoulders of giants like The Scratch Ensemble and Portsmouth Sinfonia’. They’re likely to be playing some Cornelius Cardew, some Rossini and Tchaikovsky, and some new music written to be played by the personnel which ranges from distinguished virtuosi and jazz stars to inspired nonmusicians and everyone in between. John Crawford Duo Forge 1.30pm FREE

Acclaimed pianist and arranger John Crawford’s musical journey with guitarist Guille Hill, starting in Latin America through Spanish flamenco rhythms via Israel and Bulgaria. Jazz Line-Up: Dainius Pulauskas Group + Benet McLean + more

Southbank Centre/ Clore Ballroom 2pm FREE

Presenters Kevin LeGendre and Julian Joseph host a four-band afternoon. Confirmed so far are the Lithuanian sextet led by keyboard player Dainius Pulauskas, playing an idiosyncratic and vivid brand of fusion, seething with energy, while pianist and singer Benet McLean is a fixture on the London scene, making a host of friends with his passionately individual approach – ‘swings like a garage door in a hurricane’ (Jazzwise). Between bands, Kevin Le Gendre will spin old school vinyl. This event will be recorded for future broadcast on Jazz Line-Up.

Zhenya Strigalev’s Uranium Quartet Nolias 11 2pm FREE

Saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev mixes jazz standards and original tunes. The Uranium Quartet also features Mark Lewandowski (bass), Ben Brown (drums) and Sam Watts (piano) – ‘dazzling technical skills, avant-garde deconstruction,wit and just a hint of chaos’ (What’s On London). F-IRE Collective Southbank Centre/ Front Room 2pm FREE

The F-IRE Collective brings together many of the city’s most inventive soloists and writers – their contribution this year focuses on the art of the duo, in an extended afternoon session. Dorian Ford and Jonny Phillips bring a wealth of musical research to illustrate the confluence of two world traditions: the Spanish diaspora and the guitar and the Western European and American harmonic and timbral approach of the piano, whilst Fred Thomas and Zac Gvi, long time friends and collaborators, play music from their forthcoming album Living Standards; reinterpreting the songbook repertoire with free-ranging creativity, tender moments and a sense of humour. Jonathan Bratoëff’s ‘brittle phrasing and rhythmic energy put him up there with leading UK guitarists’ (Guardian). Joined by internationally acclaimed Italian bassist Andrea Dibiase, the duo complete the afternoon in a set of Bratoëff’s original music.

Jazz on 3: Adventures in Sound

Sat 16 November

Cafe OTO 2pm FREE

The latest in a fascinating series especially created for the Festival – an extended afternoon of improvisation curated by Jazz on 3, featuring short sets from established acts as well as one-off collaborations between improvisers from diverse musical backgrounds. This event will be recorded for future broadcast on Jazz on 3. Arun Ghosh Rich Mix 3pm

A new cross-artform production from clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh. A Handful of Dust is a radical reworking of T.S.Eliot’s The Waste Land, with contemporary South Asian dance, set to Ghosh’s electro-acoustic score.

An Evening with Paolo Conte Southbank Centre/ Royal Festival Hall 7.30pm

Paolo Conte returns to the UK for this one London concert. Imagine the voice of Tom Waits and the soul of Cole Porter inhabiting the body of a craggily handsome Italian poet, painter and singer-songwriter. His music blends the heart and soul of jazz with the powerful sounds of the Big Band era, coupled with the rhythms of the tango, taking you on a journey from Buenos Aires dance hall to Louisiana juke-joint. ‘He possesses the rare ability to evoke a world of hallucinations, half-consummated love affairs and long solitary nights in a darkened bar.’ (The Times) Paolo Conte by Cesare Cicardini



Sat 16 November

Cockpit Theatre 7.30pm

Jasper Høiby’s absorbing piano trio Phronesis continues to devise imaginative settings – and the 360 degree experience of hearing their music at the Cockpit Theatre adds yet another dimension to ‘one of the most exciting bands on the planet today’ (Jazzwise). These sessions will surface in 2014 as their fifth album.

Dutch Focus: Bruut!, DASH!, Kopak

Barbican FreeStage 3pm FREE

The story of Dutch jazz embraces some of the most radical and unconventional music of the past half-century, and the new generation is no less quirkily inventive. Bruut! create a 21st century take on the 60s through a blurred vision of lava lamps and photoshopped boogaloo, whilst Kapok, winners of the 2013 European Jazz Competition, create extraordinary sounds from the unlikely combination of French horn, guitar and percussion, and DASH! takes you on a global jazz journey from Sun Ra to Bollywood funk, with the UK’s Shabaka Hutchings guesting. The background and history of the Dutch jazz scene will be the subject of panel sessions taking place in the Fountain Room between performances. Bruno Heinen: Stockhausen’s Tierkreis Vortex 4pm

Stockhausen’s composition was first derived from the sound of twelve music boxes, four of which have been in Bruno Heinen’s family since he was born – hence his response to a landmark piece that will use the original boxes themselves. BBC Radio 3’s Max Reinhardt introduces the concert and discusses the background to the project.

Loop Collective

Kings Place all day from 3pm

Boundary-pushing and stunningly diverse, Loop represent a collection of composers and instrumentalists who have been at the forefront of the UK’s creative music developments for nearly 10 years – this hugely promising day-long programme is dedicated to international collaborations and crossmedium explorations. Ivo Neame and Jim Hart’s Duo Plus project performing Des Vies des Passages - a collaboration with French writer Maud Jouanne; the Loop big-band Cat’s Cradle with Norwegian maverick guitarist Stian Westerhus (Hall 2, 3pm); a free foyer set from the electro-acoustic Splice at 5.30pm; and finally Anglo-French collaboration The Rich Tailors, led by Robin Fincker and Alcyona Mick and the potent, highly dynamic grooves of Dan Nicholls’ Mirror (Hall 2, 7pm). Medeski, Martin & Wood Ronnie Scott’s 7.15pm & 11.15pm (two shows)

See Fri 15 November for details.

Sat 16 November

Phronesis: In The Round


Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm

Norwegian master bassist and ECM recording artist Arild Andersen is a seminal figure in the evolution of European jazz. His international quintet features some of the continent’s most prominent soloists – Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith, Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski, French drummer Patrice Heral and Swiss trumpeter Matthieu Michel. Elegant and magical, the music of a trio making a long-awaited UK début displays a rare warmth and empathy. The angelic voice of Senegalese singer Mola Sylla creates a fascinating counterpoint with the agile improvisations of improvguru cellist Ernst Reijseger and pianist Haanse Fraanje – ‘romantic classicism intersects with African culture and jazzcentric improvisation’ (All About Jazz).

Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room 7.45pm

RenÉ Marie

PizzaExpress Jazz Club 7.30pm and 10.30pm (two performances)

See Fri 15 November for details.

Phronesis by Joanna Natalija Gourley

National Youth Jazz Orchestra With Soweto Kinch and Mark Nightingale

Nils Petter Molvær with Hilde Marie Kjersem band and Spin Marvel

Familiar big band flagwavers sit alongside specially commissioned new arrangements in the re-invigorated NYJO. From a hardswinging rhythm section to a raft of hugely talented young soloists, this is a big band in very good form, exemplified by a triumphant night at the BBC Proms. Guest soloists include that most lyrically assured of trombonists, Mark Nightingale, and fiery saxophonist Soweto Kinch.

The second night of Nils Petter Molvaer’s residency finds him guesting with two specially chosen groups. Singer Hilde Marie Kjersem’s inventive songwriting and musical curiosity morphs electronica into organic soundscapes. Spin Marvel is the brainchild of British drummer Martin France. Innovative, unpredictable, exciting and daring, this is the Anglo-Norwegian quartet formed for last year’s conexions series in Oslo, with Terje Evensen, Tim Harries and Nils Petter Molvaer. Part of Scene Norway 2.

Rose Theatre Kingston 7.30pm

Kings Place 7.30pm

A new project combining two virtuosic trios with asymmetrical takes on new music. Alex Von Schlippenbach’s Trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens brings together three of the godfathers of European free jazz while Noszferatu are one of the most versatile British new music groups comprising award-winning composermusicians who work across new composition, jazz, rock, theatre, tango and improvisation. Black Top Cafe OTO 8pm

See Fri 15 November for details. J-SONICS

Spice of Life 8pm

Blending Latin, jazz, funk, fusion and broken beats, J-Sonics create a dynamic groove-fuelled sound mixing up cool classics and melody-laden originals.

Soumik Datta: The Sound of Surprise

Rich Mix 8pm

Maverick sarod player Soumik Datta returns to the Festival. Joined by the hottest improvisers on the contemporary music circuit, the British sarod maestro and guests promise an edgy and wild night of impromptu collaborations. An unrepeatable performance with roaring musicianship and high energy improvisations. Emilia Mårtensson And the fable string quartet

Vortex 8.30pm

Emilia Mårtensson has made a significant mark on the London scene in recent years - her critically acclaimed contributions (both as vocalist and lyricist) to Kairos 4Tet helped them bring home a MOBO Award, while her distinctive voice led The Observer to claim her ‘the new face of British jazz’. Tonight she is joined by the Fable String Quartet. The Guest Stars

Chats Palace 8.45pm

Globe-trotting womens’ jazz/afro/latin group of the 1980’s were reunited after 25 years for a sold out performance in last year’s Festival. Don’t miss a rare chance to see them perform live again with a small screen film exhibition, live footage, and filmed interviews.


London Community Gospel Choir

Hideaway 9pm

A night of the funkiest, jazziest gospel as this thrilling choir makes their Hideaway début. They celebrate 30 years of joyous music-making this year, including performing for Nelson Mandela, and with Madonna, Eric Clapton, George Michael and Blur. Maciek Pysz Trio

Polish Jazz Café POSK 9pm

Guitarist Maciek Pysz combines acoustic, world jazz with intricate, mesmeric rhythms – percussionist Asaf Sirkis and bassist Yuri Goloubev complete a classy trio. Saxophone Summit

606 Club 9.30pm

Peter King carries the legacy of Charlie Parker and the heady days of be-bop like few others – fast fluent and hardswinging, he heads up a four saxophone front-line including Denys Baptiste and the Robin Aspland Trio.

Sat 16 November

Get Involved Neil CharleS Jazz Workshop for young players

Southbank Centre/ Level 5 Function Room 11am

Bassist Neil Charles leads a workshop for young bassists looking to improve on their technique. A fantastic opportunity to pick up some tips from one of the UK’s best. For ages 11–16. Suitable for all bassists (electric and double). Bring your own instrument. Approximately 90 mins. Bookings essential via venue box office.

Advertisment (possibly Arts England) Chris Sharkey (left) and Arun Ghosh (right), pictured above, play Council at the EFG London of Jazz Festival on Sunday 24 November at the Southbank Centre. They are two of the participants in Take Five: Europe – an artist development scheme for creative jazz musicians produced by Serious and a range of partners in France, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland. (Image by Emile Holba). The Festival is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, with a truly international status for showcasing the best jazz talent over 10 special days in November. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the Festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK’s landmark music events. Arts Council England is proud to have supported the Festival since it began in 1992. We have seen it go from strength to strength – bringing more top quality artists to even larger audiences across London. This year’s Festival is a special one as 21 years of the London Jazz Festival will be celebrated through a huge array of stellar performances, new commissions and a participation programme, which has a strong focus on engaging children and young people with Jazz, running alongside to ensure the greatest reach of the unique musical opportunities on offer. It can only reinforce London’s status as one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world. Moira Sinclair Executive Director London and the South East Arts Council England

Jazz for Toddlers

Discover, Stratford 12.30pm

To prove you are never too young to enjoy jazz, join saxophonist Nathaniel Facey and drummer Moses Boyd at this workshop for 2-5 year olds and accompanying parents/carers. Expect lots of music and movement, plus some fun ideas to take away and try at home. For ages 2–5. Approximately 50 minutes. Bookings essential via venue box office.

Waffle Hearts. Family Friendly Reading and Music

Kings Place 2pm

Peter Ind Masterclass

Southbank Centre/ Level 5 Function Room 3pm

Award-winning Norwegian children’s writer Maria Parr celebrates the English publication by Walker Books of Waffle Hearts, the story of Trille and Lena, their friendships, families and adventures, told by Maria herself, with a visit by jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, and a waffle treat. Suitable for all ages from 6+. Approximately 30 minutes. Part of Scene Norway 2.

Join legendary bassist Peter Ind for an informal masterclass session about his bass technique and insight into a career which spans seven decades and includes stints with many of jazz’s true innovators including Lee Konitz and Lennie Tristano. Approximately 90 mins.

Brass Jaw with Gwyneth Herbert - Family Friendly Matinee

Southbank Centre/ Front Room 5pm FREE

Wigmore Hall 3pm

Brass Jaw brings its trademark energy, drive and humour to a familyfriendly matinee audience. This interactive concert unravels and explains how jazz is put together, using a mixture of jazz tradition and exciting new music. ‘Proving that jazz can be funky, intelligent and riotously entertaining’ (Jazz UK). For ages 5+. Approximately 60 minutes.

Way In To The Way Out: Part 1 An introduction to Jazz with Chris Sharkey and Andy Champion

Geordie double-act Chris Sharkey (guitar) and Andy Champion (bass) discuss and debate their own perspective on the history of jazz, combining lively chat with excerpts of recorded and live music. In this first instalment they explore the deep history of jazz from its earliest days to the evolution of be-bop in the 40s. Part 2 on Sun 17 November. Approximately 90 minutes.



Sun 17 November

Mark Perry/ Duncan Eagles Quintet + Leo Appleyard Quintet

PizzaExpress Jazz Club 1pm

Duncan Eagles and Mark Perry launch their début album with a set of melodic, engaging and energetic originals – two of the brightest talents to emerge on the UK scene in recent years….’lyrical fire’ (London Jazz). Plus an opening set by the highly promising guitarist Leo Appleyard with a group featuring the mellow phrasing of trumpeter Neil Yates. Vive

artsdepot 1pm FREE

The six a cappella voices of Vive create rich diverse harmonies with a fresh, contemporary sound. A complete synthesis of pop, fusion, harmony, jazz and spirituals. Winners of The Voice Festival UK this year. MONOSWEZI Rich Mix 1pm FREE

A hypnotic blend of Norwegian saxophone and Zimbabwean mbira, with guest Malian percussionist Sidiki Camara. Songlines described their album The Village as ‘a fusion with an airy and expressive feel that displays a remarkable balance between two different cultures’. Their free show is part of Mwalimu Express, the monthly free pan-African family adventure.

Peter Ind AND Peter Marinker 606 Club 1.30pm

Tirelessly inventive in his eighth decade – and a man who can justifiably be called a jazz legend bassist Peter Ind explores a world of words and string-led improvisation with actor Peter Marinker, guitarist David Preston and oud player Yaz Fentazi. Next Generation Takes Over Southbank Centre/ Clore Ballroom 1.30pm FREE

Four ensembles that reflect the sheer breadth of music being generated by today’s generation. In order of play – the Royal College of Music Big Band goes to the movies in a programme of cinematic sounds, under the direction of Mark Armstrong; Aldeburgh Young Musicians’ Exchanging Worlds Ensemble corrals the raw energy of 20 young players who create performances through improvisation, composition, experimentation, digital media and game processes; Trinity Laban Contemporary Jazz Ensemble celebrates the spirit of the extraordinary bassist Jaco Pastorius with Laurence Cottle and the Ensemble’s director, Mark Lockheart. Reuben Fowler is fast becoming recognised as a massive talent – his razor-sharp Big Band brings the day to a climax with the music from his muchadmired debut recording Between Shadows, a precociously assured set of colourfully crafted original writing.

Shiftless Shuffle Jazz Dance session

Duke’s Basement Club 2pm

Gareth Lockrane Big Band Spice of Life 1.30pm

Gareth Lockrane brings all his musical passions together in an 18-piece big band that combines luscious orchestration and the influence of the great film and jazz composers with the grooves of soul jazz. King Candy & the Sugar Push

Hideaway 2pm

Swingtastic mini big band King Candy will grab your hand and lead you on a whirlwind tour of Lindy Hop, including a live score soundtrack to MGM’s hilarious Groovie Movie parody, with the Swingland dancers bringing all the moves from screen to stage while the music plays. Jazz Nursery Goes to New Orleans Jazz Nursery 2pm

An entire afternoon and evening of music inspired by the music and culture of the quintessential jazz city, New Orleans. In order of play… Sam Watts’ Ragtime Hero, trumpeter Miguel Gorodi’s trio, Chris Batchelor’s Pigfoot, James Allsopp and Alex Bonney, The Dixie Ticklers, and Nicholas Costley White Organ Trio. Nate Najar Forge 2pm

Accomplished American guitarist Nate Najar plays a collection of tunes composed by or associated with the late, great Charlie Byrd.

Dance the day away…. Shiftless Shuffle combines an hour’s class specialising in street-fusion-jazz dance, followed by a club session that’s billed as ‘the coolest thing to do in London on a Sunday’ (Time Out), bringing together clubbers and dancers with jazz lovers and a live band. Strut your stuff to some incredible music, or simply kick back with a drink and enjoy. Jazz Record Requests

Barbican FreeStage 2.30pm FREE

Alyn Shipton hosts an edition of this Radio 3 classic with festivalrelated requests and special guests. If you have a request that you’d like to hear, then please email the programme directly at jazz.record. by the end of October. If your suggestion is chosen, please indicate in your email if you would like to introduce your request in person. This event will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 30 November.

Wayne Shorter at 80 Saxophonist, composer, catalyst, inspiration – Wayne Shorter’s contribution to the evolution of jazz is immeasurable, from his years with Art Blakey and his own seminal Blue Note records in the 60s, through revolutionary change from acoustic to electric with Miles Davis, to Weather Report and the apogee of fusion – and thence to today’s uncannily telepathic acoustic quartet. The music of a contemporary music giant forms a focal point of the EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening weekend, in a day that embraces interpretations of his timeless music – stretching back into the 1960s - from artists of successively younger generations, and a rare performance from Shorter himself. The programme also includes the UK premiere of The Language of the Unknown, a brand new documentary film that provides an unusually perceptive insight into Shorter’s world, Barbican Cinema 3, 2pm.

Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding: ACS

Barbican 4pm

Formed from their work together on Carrington’s Grammy Award-winning album The Mosaic Project, this is a trio of three of the most significant female instrumentalists in jazz today - ACS sisterhood isn’t just powerful, it’s downright explosive. Their début London performance focuses on the music of Wayne Shorter. This event will be recorded for future broadcast on Jazz Line Up. Ruben Fox AND Mark Kavuma

Barbican FreeStage 5.45pm FREE

Two of the brightest new soloists-around-town explore the music from Wayne Shorter’s classic 60s albums, Night Dreamer and Speak No Evil, specially produced for the Festival by saxophonist and Shorter enthusiast Jean Toussaint.

Jan Bang and Nils Petter Molvær – Sounds from Silents

Kings Place 2.30pm

Seat of the pants improv goes to the movies. Nils Petter Molvær, producer and live sampler Jan Bang, and cellist-composer Peter Sheppard create their own spontaneous combustion, reacting to a selection of previously unwatched silent films as they roll out on the silver screen. Part of Scene Norway 2.

Sun 17 November

Wayne Shorter


Wayne Shorter: Quartet and BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by clark rundell

Barbican 8pm

Wayne Shorter returns to London to celebrate his 80th birthday year with the stellar quartet of Danilo Perez (piano) John Patitucci (bass) and drummer Brian Blade. A wholly distinctive saxophonist and a hugely respected composer, his music transcends genre and keeps the improvisational genius and surprise of jazz burning at the centre. Tonight is a rare opportunity to see Wayne in two different settings: firstly with his quartet and in the second half of the concert bringing the quartet together with the BBC Concert Orchestra to play a new repertoire of Wayne’s music. This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


Melissa James

Sun 17 November

Forge 7.30pm

Snarky Puppy by Simon Yu

Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film

Charlie Parker on Dial

Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room, 3pm & 7.45pm (two performances)

Alex Webb’s jazz-intotheatre events have illuminated key moments in jazz history in successive Festivals with affection and imagination. Here he explores Charlie Parker’s most significant record company relationship, his period with Dial Records (1946-47), with Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), Freddie Gavita (trumpet), Moses Boyd (drums), Neil Charles (bass) and special guests. The story of those tumultuous years - spanning the explosive Night In Tunisia/ Ornithology sessions to the classic New York quintet recordings - is told by Sirena Riley.

Earthy and soulful, singer-songwriter Melissa James’ music is steeped in jazz, soul, blues and folk, and ‘wraps them into songs that achieve an astonishing array of moods and emotions’ (Jazzwise).

Sun 17 November

Riot Tazz by Steve Pycroft

Sidsel Endresen and Philip Jeck Kings Place 5pm

London Jazz Orchestra: New Adventures Vortex 4pm

The LJO crosses paths with other contemporary genres, as new arrangements of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Needles by director Scott Stroman and Graham Fitkin’s Aract by lead trumpet Noel Langley, plus other new works, are added to the band’s growing list of new creations. Festival on the move: Vive Theatre Royal Stratford East 5pm FREE

See previous page for details.

The gifted, hugely influential Norwegian vocalist Sidsel Endresen met revered British turntablist Philip Jeck at the Punkt Festival in Norway in 2011. In 2012 they performed together as improvisers for the first time in Oslo in the conexions series. An exciting way to bring Scene Norway 2 to a conclusion. Natalie Williams Soul Family Ronnie Scott’s 7.15pm

Hosted by the charismatic and talented soul singer Natalie Williams and her band, Soul Family Sunday offers the chance to catch some of the best R&B, soul and jazz musicians in the UK in a great club atmosphere. Phronesis: In The Round Cockpit Theatre 7.30pm

See Sat 16 November for details.


Snarky Puppy Village Underground 7.30pm

St James Theatre 3pm & 7.30pm (two performances)

Pianist, singer and songwriter Joe Stilgoe pays tribute to 100 years of Hollywood cinema. From An American in Paris to The Apartment, from Casablanca to Catch Me If You Can, Joe and his band perform songs written for, and inspired by, some of the classics of movie history.

Snarky Puppy have leapt from underground secret to international fame in a very short time. With a deep knowledge and respect for the tradition, their music ranges from raw funk and soul through to lyrical melodies and lush harmonies, and their live shows are unparalleled in energy, virtuosity, and sheer musicianship. ‘The unstoppable Snarky Puppy sound as if they’ve absorbed and reinvented almost the entire history of jazz fusion.’ (Guardian) Patty Griffin + Julia Biel

Southbank Centre/ Royal Festival Hall 7.30pm

‘I’d heard her onstage with Robert Plant, but here I was blown away by the full force of her vocal prowess. It was clear that we were in the presence of someone who can really, really sing’ (Financial Times). They raved about the epic launch concert of her emotionally-overwhelming album American Kid – now she brings her full band to London, with an opening set from the earthily soulful singer Julia Biel, described as ‘Billie Holiday meets Bjork’ (Jazzwise).

Riot Jazz XOYO 8pm

Jazz Cubano! Alfredo Rodriguez + Pedrito Martinez + Ramon Valle

Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm

The irresistible rhythms and headlong improvisations that define Cuban jazz is the driving force of a triple bill that brings together three massive new talents. ‘One of the most prolific and gifted jazz pianists of the 21st century’ is how his mentor, Quincy Jones describes Alfredo Rodriguez, whose sophistication and depth of musicality belies his years. Ramon Valle made a huge impact at a previous Festival – incendiary interplay is the hallmark of a trio that’s guaranteed to lift the roof. Charismatic percussionist Pedrito Martinez brings a band that has audiences dancing on the tables of the restaurant that’s their Manhattan home, and a new recording on Motema - the New Yorker said ‘if anyone can move Afro-Cuban music into greater visibility, it’s Martinez’.

Duncan Eagles Quartet + Samuel Eagles Quartet Spice of Life 7.30pm


Milton Court Concert Hall 7.30pm

Devised by über-producer Norman Granz back in the 40s, Jazz at the Philharmonic brought together the music’s mainstream with the radical forces of bebop, defining the transition of jazz from club to concert hall, leading into the evolution of a classic jazz record label, Verve. Tonight’s concert revisits the spirit of jazz as a spontaneous collision of generations, with the unstoppable impetus of swing spurring spectacular flights of improvisation. James Pearson evokes the spirit of Oscar Peterson and galvanises a cast of contrasting soloists from the spectrum of today’s scene – with special guests including pianist Jacky Terrasson making a long overdue UK reappearance.

Striking double-bill of two saxophone-playing brothers presenting contemporary jazz emerging from tradition. Lillian Boutté 606 Club 8.30pm

Lillian Boutté is a New Orleans institution and is the city’s official ‘Ambassador of Music’ – her stunning voice and charismatic personality charming audiences wherever she takes her infectious blend of jazz, blues and R&B. Lund Quartet Hideaway 8.30pm

Piano, bass and drums work effortlessly with turntable-led loops and samples to create layered hypnotic grooves. ‘Brilliant. It’s got something quintessentially Bristol about it, and yet something so different. It’s jazz, it’s turntablism, it’s great!’ (BBC Introducing).

A twisted mix of funk, soul, hip hop and wild jazz: MC Chunky fronts the brass-heavy jazz combo from Manchester that stormed the festivals this summer. Mopomoso presents John Russell’s Quaqua Vortex 8.30pm

Guitarist John Russell’s long-established platform brings together musicians from a variety of backgrounds and approaches in a celebration of all things improvised. He says ‘The first Quaqua groups performed in the early 1980s. The idea then and now, is to extend existing links in juxtaposition with new ones, providing a fertile ground for free improvisation’. Barrierbreakers from as far afield as Japan, Canada and Europe test the limits – Martin Mayes, Hideaki Shimada and Steve Beresford are three amongst many.

Lee Konitz


Sun 17 November


The Salisbury 8.30pm

The Guardian’s John Fordham made Flashmob his ‘one to watch’ - guitarist Ryan Williams leads a quartet that features trumpeter Rory Simmons and the bass and drums team of Will Collier and Nick Smalley creating a ‘mix of lyrical jazz and taut contemporary rhythms’ (Guardian). Luc Ex ASSEMBLEE + Samuel Blaser TRIO + ELECTRIC EPIC Cafe OTO 8.45pm

High octane triple bill of coruscating Euro-improv. Bassist Luc Ex - of cult Dutch proto-punk band The Ex fame – leads a quartet that features the brilliant drummer Hamid Drake alongside a pair of multi-generational reeds players, Ab Baars and Ingrid Laubrock. The astonishing Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser leads a brand new trio with guitarist Marc Ducret and drummer Peter Bruun, whilst French saxophonist and sound explorer Guillaume Perret returns with the band that’s taken France by storm, winning this year’s Talents Jazz Adami award. Avant-jazz, devasting funk and rock grooves, screaming metal and ‘Frighteningly mindblowing.’ (Culture Jazz).

Ceclia Stalin

Vortex Downstairs Jam Vortex 11pm FREE

Continuing the long tradition of jazz jam sessions, the Vortex Downstairs Jam is a chance to see some fine musicians play, led by guitarist Hannes Riepler.

Mon 18 November

Get Involved Cheryl Alleyne Jazz Workshop for young players Southbank Centre/ Level 5 Function Room 11am

Drummer Cheryl Alleyne leads a session for young instrumentalists and singers about rhythmic awareness and working with drummers. For ages 11-16. Suitable for all instruments, bring your own. Approximately 90 minutes. Booking essential via venue box office. Serious BIG Sing with Cecilia Stalin Barbican/Garden Room 2pm

Swedish jazz vocalist Cecilia Stalin leads a fun packed sing-a-long jazz vocal workshop, designed for the whole family to enjoy. Some singing experience welcome. For ages 12+. Approximately 90 minutes. Booking essential via venue box office. Way In To The Way Out: Part 2 An introduction to Jazz with Chris Sharkey and Andy Champion Southbank Centre/ Front Room 5pm FREE

In the second instalment of this lively discussion, Chris Sharkey and Andy Champion continue to trail the history of jazz from their own perspective - from 1950s cool and hard bop to the genre defying world of jazz in the 21st century. Approximately 90 minutes.


VeRneri Pohjola Southbank Centre/ Front Room 6pm FREE

Young Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola achieved international acclaim and a five star Guardian review with his recent Aurora album. He and his band made a big impression at last year’s Festival and the recent Gateshead International Jazz Festival. EFG LJF Sessions AT Ray’s Jazz Ray ’s Jazz at Foyles, Soho 6pm FREE

Swing by Ray’s Jazz in Charing Cross Road every weekday evening throughout the festival to catch free performances from festival artists. Keep an eye on the Festival and Foyles websites for the full programme.

Lee Konitz with Dan Tepfer

+ Kenny Wheeler Quintet

Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm

Crafted and sophisticated – the music of two jazz giants continues to enchant and bewitch. Lee Konitz played a key role in the classic Birth of the Cool recordings in the late 40s – and his unmistakeable saxophone sound – in itself the epitome of cool - is undimmed some six decades on. His duo with the formidably talented young pianist Dan Tepfer embodies the notion of jazz as an artistic exchange across the generations. The gorgeous tones of trumpeter Kenny Wheeler have given enormous pleasure over the years – tonight’s quintet includes some of his closest musical associates – the brilliant pianist John Taylor, bassist Chris Laurence, saxophonist Stan Sulzmann, and drummer Martin France.

Michèle Drees: Jazz Tap Project


Mon 18 November

Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room 7.45pm

Michèle’s been the rhythmic bedrock of the London Tap Jam at Ronnie Scott’s, and now she’s created a dance spectacular especially for the Festival, featuring legendary New York tap master extraordinaire Andrew Nemr and the UK’s very own Rhythm Tap Master, the incredible Junior Laniyan. Ensemble dancers Scott Cripps and Jess Murray complete the show alongside Michèle’s own band, showing just how thrilling live tap can be.

Louis MoholoMoholo AND Alexander Hawkins + The Mediums


Vortex 8.30pm

Musical fireworks are guaranteed from an intercontinental dialogue between the free-flowing piano improvisations of Alexander Hawkins and the extraordinary dynamic range of South African percussionist Louis Moholo-Moholo. The Mediums create delicate interplay between cello and two saxophones - Vincent Courtois, Daniel Erdmann and Robin Finker.

Christian McBride Ronnie Scott’s 7.15pm

Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and broadcaster, Christian McBride, has been an omnipresent figure in the jazz world for 20 years. As a sideman alone, he’s worked with the best of the very best - Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny. In the R&B world, he’s played and arranged for Isaac Hayes and James Brown as well as The Roots and D’Angelo…and then there’s Sting and Carly Simon. But to hear him at his most relaxed and musical best, it’s hard to beat hearing McBride stretch out in the setting of an acoustic trio with two hand-picked young players – in this case, Christian Sands (piano) and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. There is a second show on Tue 19.

Christian McBride

Mon 18 November

Louis Moholo-Moholo + Alexander Hawkins

Oli Rockberger

PizzaExpress Jazz Club 8.30pm

Thunderdog + Alan Hampton The Oxford 8pm

A collaborative band led by young saxophonists Josh Arcoleo and George Crowley, and featuring Calum Gourlay and Dave Hamblett, Thunderdog play hard grooving original jazz full of energy and character. Since Alan Hampton’s leap from bassist sideman (Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato) to solo artist he has gained notoriety as an unconventionally witty singer/songwriter. ‘Hale, upbeat, light-voiced, helplessly melodic…’ (New York Times)

Hiatus Kaiyote Village Underground 8pm

Melbourne-based Hiatus Kaiyote fuse neo-soul, hip hop and electronic beats along with elements of Latin, jazz and opera. Vocalist and guitarist Nai Palm’s intricate and idiosyncratic compositions have turned heads across the globe, and they have been chosen as Best Breakthrough Act at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards. Cecilia Stalin


Spoek makes the Afrofuturists look old-school. Escape from ’85 was one of the summer’s great mixes, and he used it to escape from the easy pigeonhole of ‘township electro’. Acclaimed as a writer, producer and MC, Spoek steps out with his own band for his first big London show.

606 Club 8.30pm

Swedish jazz vocalist Cecilia Stalin explores genres including hip hop, nu-jazz and bop/swing.

Whether you first discover Oli Rockberger through his work as a singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, keys sideman, or as one third of acclaimed band/ production team Mister Barrington, you’ll be sure to find a distinctive musical voice running through his rich and varied work. Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips Cafe OTO 8.45pm

Barre Phillips is one of the great improvising bassists – here exploring unexpected pathways and shared imagination with saxophonist Leimgruber on saxophone and pianist Demierre. Plus the iconoclastic and inevitably surprising duo of Steve Beresford and violinist and electronics pioneer Phil Wachsmann.

Get Involved

Claire Martin: Cellos

Royal Albert Hall/ Elgar Room 9.45pm

Claire Martin brings a wealth of experience into a new arena with the Montpellier Cello Quartet. Her love of the Great American Songbook is balanced by a fascinating choice of new songs and popular classics, with arrangements from the likes of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Mark Anthony Turnage and Django Bates. Unlike anything Claire has ever done before, this chamber-jazz adventure brings a fresh perspective to songs from Kurt Weill, Tom Waits, Thelonious Monk, and Lennon and McCartney, amongst much more.

Jazz For Toddlers Rich Mix 2pm

See Sat 16 November for workshop details.


Tue 19 November

Tue 19 November

Tigran Hamasyan

Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm

Pianist Tigran Hamasyan’s unusual marriage of jazz and Armenian folk tradition lies at the heart of one of the most distinctive talents to emerge on the international jazz scene in years. He follows last year’s stunning Wigmore Hall concert with a new set for his band – atmospheric jazz improv fused with the evocative vocal sounds of his native country. Elina Duni’s début recording for ECM brought her mesmerising blend of Balkan folk song – evoking memories of her Albanian heritage - and soaring improvisation to a worldwide audience – ‘grabs hold of the head and the heart so insidiously that it’s almost impossible to let go’ (All About Jazz). A UK début for a delicately balanced quartet that features pianist Collin Vallon. There will be a pre-concert talk with Tigran Hamasyan at 6pm (free to all).

+ Elina Duni

Tigran Hamasyan

Christian McBride Riaan Vosloo and Tim Giles + Joe Wright and Alex Roth EFG LJF Sessions AT Ray’s Jazz Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, Soho 6pm FREE

See Mon 18 November for details.

Forge 6.30pm

What happens when you take two established duos and ask them to come together in front of a live audience? The Great Collision. The rules are simple: in the first half each duo plays a short set; the second half is the collision. Guests from the audience may be invited to join in. Bring your instruments.

Ronnie Scott’s 7.15pm

See Mon 18 November for details. Gwilym Simcock

St Stephen’s Rosslyn Hill 7.30pm

Gwilym Simcock takes a break from ensembles large and small to perform his only solo recital in London this season – ‘depth of feeling, nuance and technical brilliance’ (The Independent).

Musicians’ Company Medallists Extravaganza St James’ Church Piccadilly 7.30pm

Tim Garland with Jason Rebello, Tina May with Mark Nightingale, Tom Cawley, Ben Hazleton and Steve Brown; Nathaniel Facey, Shane Forbes, Tom Farmer & Lewis Wright – three terrific bands that not only represent some of the brightest talents in UK jazz, they are also past winners of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ competition for young jazz players.

Christine Tobin - the songs of Leonard Cohen + Georgia Mancio Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room 7.45pm

Christine Tobin brings flair and charisma to her interpretations of modern popular song. A Thousand Kisses Deep is her salute to singer, songwriter and poet, Leonard Cohen. Winner of a coveted Herald Angel Award at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, her own songwriting specialises in idiosyncratic, poetic vignettes, so it’s no surprise to find her weaving magic around Cohen’s sensual and mysterious songs, with perfectly judged instrumental textures from acclaimed guitarist Phil Robson, pianist Huw Warren, percussionist Adriano Adewale and bassist Dave Whitford. An opening set features the poised and confident voice of Georgia Mancio – ‘a performer of character, conviction and relaxed virtuosity’ (Guardian) in the sympatico company of flautist Gareth Lockrane and bassist Geoff Gascoyne. AlexANDER Hawkins Piano Trio Forge 8pm

Alexander Hawkins, described as ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’, presents his radical take on the classic piano trio format in the company of regular associates Neil Charles and Tom Skinner.

Courtney Pine - House of Legends And Monty Alexander - Harlem Kingston Express Barbican 7.30pm

A heady cocktail of great Caribbean music spirit. Monty Alexander was nominated for a Grammy for his Harlem-Kingston Express album, and now he’s turned it into a killer live show – essentially it’s a jazz group and a reggae band in one, with Monty driving both sides forward from the piano. Courtney Pine has returned to his own roots with House of Legends, an exuberant celebration of Caribbean music’s traditions and futures. Courtney leads from the front on saxophone in what he calls ‘a show to dance to’. Expect special guests from Jamaican music down the generations in a night of exuberant Jamaican spirit. Pre-concert panel session on the history and impact of Caribbean jazz, in the Fountain Room at 6pm (free to all). ORPHY ROBINSON, CLEVELAND WATKISS, STEVE LAWSON cre8 Hackney Wick 8pm

Loop master bassist Steve Lawson joins Orphy and Cleveland to lead a no-holds-barred electric improv jam session to create 21st century new standards at East London’s club night dedicated to cutting-edge aural journeys into the art of looping, circuitbending and sampling. Courtney Pine by Gary Wallis


Reuben James


Tue 19 November

Tue 19 November

Jaimeo Brown + Gogo Penguin XOYO 8pm

The word on the street is out on drummer Jaimeo Brown, whose début CD for Motema has created a massive stir. Connecting 21st century jazz attitude with a profound sense of history, where fractured blues and rock meets forthright improv and the sampled sounds of spirituals from the deep south – ‘it’s Brown’s alchemic mix of the primitive and the modern that’s woven something new and beguiling’ (Jazzwise). A heavyweight band features the fine saxophonist J.D. Allen and guitarist/producer Chris Sholar. The European buzz of the year has to be Manchester’s GoGo Penguin – a piano trio that might suggest Aphex Twin, Debussy or EST, but sounds like none of them. Skittering breakbeats, telepathic interplay and a penchant for anthemic melody all contribute to a sound that’s wholly their own. Dave Hamblett Group + Olivia Moore’s UnFurl


John Etheridge

Crazy Coqs 8pm

Pat Metheny called him ‘one of the best guitarists in the world’, but take away the famous names from Stephane Grappelli to Nigel Kennedy, turn off Soft Machine, and John’s solo concerts show a glorious guitarist who’s inspired by the trinity of Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Hank Marvin, playing three special nights in the most intimate club you can imagine. Also appearing Wed 20 and Thu 21 November. Julie Kjær 4-tet

Servant Jazz Quarters 8.30pm

Danish saxophonist and flautist Julie Kjær leads her new quartet into a mesmerising world of sound – her edgy and thoughtful playing and ‘dark, otherwordly imagery’ (Jazzwise) has become increasingly evident around Europe, inhabiting ground between composition and free improv.

Green Note 8pm

Sam Bullard’s People & Places

Drummer/composer Dave Hamblett and his cast of talented young musicians (incl. Joe Wright, Calum Gourlay and Alex Munk) perform music from his critically acclaimed début Light at Night. Support from jazz/Indian classical violinist Olivia Moore’s Unfurl project, which combines ragas, flamenco and Arabian music with improv.

Sam Bullard’s flexible ensemble morphs from classical quartet to improvising jazz trio and sextet with consummate ease. Chorales contrast with free improvisations, Latin grooves contrast with driving swing and brooding ballads.

Amersham Arms 8.30pm

Flimflam Special

Reuben James 606 Club 10pm

Raised on an eclectic mix of jazz, gospel, hip hop and classical music, Reuben James is the new kid on the block. Pianist for the late Abram Wilson, his confident, flowing approach belies his years – already in demand as a sideman in the contrasting bands of Ruby Turner, Sam Smith and Clark Tracey, catch him here with his own group.

David Lyttle – Interlude with Jean Toussaint

PizzaExpress Jazz Club 8.30pm

Described by Hot Press as a ‘one man industry…. curious, inventive and niche-averse’, David Lyttle is performer, composer and producer, drawing from hip hop, soul and jazz. His most recent CD Interlude featured Soweto Kinch - superb saxophonist Jean Toussaint is added for this live set. Julian Argüelles 606 Club 8.30pm

The eloquent solos of Julian Argüelles, alongside his wholly original writing, are a hallmark of one of Europe’s finest saxophonists. Hot on the heels of a residency with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, he returns to the intimacy of a quartet setting, with Kit Downes on piano.

Maggie Nicols / Denis Charolles / David Chevallier + Laura Jurd

The Others 8.30pm

Alan Wilkinson’s club night features a rare outing for a trio of blistering invention, with saxophonist Wilkinson joined by bassist John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble. Tony Bevan’s astonishing solo skills on bass saxophone and a newly minted duet with saxophonist Rachel Musson and vibes maestro Corey Mwamba complete a three-set evening of no-holdsbarred free jazz.

Vortex 8.30pm

‘Singer of songs and sounds’ Maggie Nicols’ voice is an extraordinary instrument in itself. With multi-instrumentalist Charolles and guitarist Chevallier, she is part of a trio that speaks, sings and improvises as one, rediscovering a connection with soul and jazz standards that takes them in a myriad of unpredictable directions. Trumpeter Laura Jurd is fast becoming an essential mover and shaker on the London scene - her quartet features this year’s Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner, vocalist Lauren Kinsella.

Get Involved

Adriano Adewale: Catapluf’s Musical Journey

Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room 10.30am & 1.30pm

Join Brazilian percussionist/composer Adriano Adewale and his band as they explore rhythms and sounds of the world with Catapluf, whose imagination takes you to places where everything is music: pans, water, drums, even the body. Includes samba, jazz, klezmer and plenty of audience participation. Schools concert - KS1. Approximately 50 minutes.

Young & Serious present - NARCISSUS

Southbank Centre/ Front Room 6pm FREE

Headed by Royal Academy piano graduate Pete Lee, this five-piece band blend driving rhythms with powerful melodies and soaring improvisations. Programmed and produced by Young & Serious.

6ix + Barre Phillips and Phil Wachsmann

Cafe OTO 8.45pm

6ix was founded in 2007 by saxophonist Urs Leimgruber and pianist Jacques Demierre, with four leading protagonists of the free-improvising scene in Europe: Okkyung Lee (cello), Thomas Lehn (analogue synthesizer), Dorothea Schürch (voice, singing saw), and Roger Turner (percussion). Master bassist Barre Phillips duets with violinist/ electronics specialist Phil Wachsmann.

EFG LJF Sessions AT Ray’s Jazz


Wed 20 November

Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, Soho 6pm FREE

See Mon 18 November for details.

A Tribute to Abram Wilson Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room, 7.45pm

The Festival pays tribute to the life and untimely death of New Orleans jazz trumpeter and composer Abram Wilson with a concert celebrating his music from the final years of his career. Wilson’s repertoire will be performed by close friends and musical associates, including members of his talented young rhythm section who accompanied him to such great effect. Reuben James (piano) and Dave Hamblett (drums) are joined by Jason Marsalis (drums), saxophonists Keith Loftis, Peter King and Jean Toussaint, Trevor Mires (trombone), Mark Lewandowski (bass), and a young trumpeter already making his mark in New York, Alphonso Horne.

Abram Wilson by Benjamin Amure


Southbank Centre/ Front Room 6pm FREE

WorldService Project by Jake Walker

Wed 20 November

A leading light in today’s burgeoning Birmingham scene, saxophonist Lluis Mather has worked with Hans Koller, Mike Gibbs and Julian Siegel, and brings his fine ensemble Noose for a London début. He is the recipient of a Fellowship Award from Jazzlines, supporters of tonight’s concert.


Christian Scott

Ronnie Scott’s 7.15pm

Engaged, provocative and extremely talented, New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott crosses today’s jazz divide, channelling hip hop, rock and funk alongside a respect for the jazz tradition that’s visibly echoed by his skyward pointing, Dizzy Gillespie styled trumpet bell. ‘One of the new young lions of jazz’ (Village Voice). Dianne Reeves + Zara McFarlane Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm

Sophisticated and deeply soulful, Dianne Reeves is the definitive jazz singer for today. Her first solo London concert in years marks the release of her first recording in ages – Beautiful Life (Concord) simmers and smoulders through a repertoire extending from Marvin Gaye to Bob Marley to standards and passionate original songs. A very special occasion, with an opening set from Zara McFarlane, rapidly asserting herself as an articulate and provocative singer-songwriter with a vibrant stage presence and a new release on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label.

Pablo HelD

Vocal Jazz Summit

Milton Court Concert Hall 7.30pm

Spice of Life 8pm

Pianist Pablo Held has a reflective, glowing quality to his music - his delicately nuanced trio is recognised as one of the most distinctive young groups in European jazz. They appear in the intimate surroundings of the newly-inaugurated Milton Court, as part of the European Concert Halls Organisation’s Rising Stars series.

Joe Stilgoe, Theo Jackson and the evergreen Frank Holder are joined by the Barry Green Trio, Gareth Lockrane and Shane Hill in an infectiously high-spirited night for connoisseurs of the art of vocal jazz.

Way Out West

Duke Street Church 7.30pm

Way Out West presents new works in tribute to the late Eddie Harvey, celebrating the legacy of a quietly influential composer and teacher who made a telling contribution to jazz in the UK. Composers and performers from the West London collective will include Chris Biscoe, Tony Kinsey, Kate Williams, Pete Hurt, Tom Millar, and Tony Woods.

Hidden Orchestra + Floex Cargo 8pm

Brainchild of producer Joe Acheson, Hidden Orchestra are a sonic blueprint built on the contrasts of acoustic and electronic, sinister samples and the raucous beats of two live drummers, trip-hop swagger and impeccable nu-classical. With sometimes futuristic, sometimes nostalgic visuals by Lumen, and a very special guest appearance from the lush, cinematic synaesthesia of Floex (aka cult games soundtrack composer Tomas Dvorak).

WorldService Project + Tubax + Owls Are Not What They Seem Rich Mix 8.30pm

JJ Wheeler: Come Back Stranger

Forge 8pm

Composer/percussionist JJ Wheeler’s fascination with new approaches to writing and improvisation makes him a singular voice in today’s jazz generation. Last year, he was diagnosed with cancer, and he has created an emotionally charged new suite, A Question of Hope, which reflects upon his own experiences alongside those that many cancer patients find themselves battling – and celebrates his recovery.

Match&Fuse support uncompromising and innovative music from across Europe, and this ‘inspired border-crossing idea’ (Jazzwise) has been making waves across the continent since 2011. Tonight, psychedelic 1970s sci-fi prog from Italy mixes with experimental drum+bass from Poland, and London’s very own skronk swagger quintet WorldService Project.


Wed 20 November

Berserk! AND InterStatic

XOYO 8pm

RareNoiseRecords champions music projects and artists at the crossroads of music genres. Here they present Berserk!, the celebrated jazz-rock outfit of Italian singer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari and bassist Lorenzo Feliciati with guitarist Eivind Aarset, trombonist Gianluca Petrella, keyboard player Roy Powell and drummer Cristiano Calcagnile. The show will be opened by powerhouse Nordic organ trio InterStatic, with Roy Powell on Hammond, Jacob Young on guitars and Supersilent’s Jarle Vespestad on drums.

John Etheridge

PizzaExpress Jazz Club 8.30pm

See Tue 19 November for details.

Singer, actor and composer Cleveland Watkiss has amassed years of amazing vocal experience, whether scatting in time-honoured jazz style, exploring drum’n’bass electronica, taking the lead in contemporary opera or touring the world with Stevie Wonder or Robbie Williams. Expect a preview of a brand new, still-to-be released, album.

London Voices: Carol Grimes, Anita Wardell, Mark Jennett St James Theatre 8pm

A blues legend, a supreme singer of the moment and a master storyteller share the stage with a stellar rhythm section to celebrate three new releases. Expect stunning individual sets and barn-storming ensembles. Jeff Williams Green Note 8.30pm

New York drummer Jeff Williams has worked with Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland and Joe Lovano. His powerhouse UK group of reedsmen Finn Peters and Josh Arcoleo, guitarist Phil Robson and Sam Lasserson (bass) perform music from Williams’ latest album The Listener – ‘hip post-bop and slow-burn reflections’ (Guardian).

Get Involved

Cleveland Watkiss

Crazy Coqs 8pm

Jazz For Toddlers artsdepot 11am

See Sat 16 November for workshop details.

The Twelveheads + Acrobat

Amersham Arms 8.30pm

The Twelveheads play the music of drummer Peter Ibbetson. Influenced by the angular obscurity of bands such as Blood Count and Science Friction, they have a sound which utilizes rock, electro-acoustic improv and jazz. Tonight they are joined by Acrobat - a London-based jazz organ trio who unite the warmth and presence of the classic organ/guitar groups with new textures, playful grooves and stylish improvising.

Bobby Wellins: The documentary, the gig 606 Club 8.30pm

An exclusive London screening of Bobby Wellins’ film, followed by a live set featuring the quartet of that most individual of saxophonists, whose haunting, utterly beguiling sound has been a towering presence on the British scene for some six decades. Sam Crowe Vortex 8.30pm

Pianist Sam Crowe’s critically acclaimed second album Towards The Centre Of Everything, was launched at the Vortex earlier this year, and represents a further stage in the evolution of an ever-evolving sonic palette that encompasses rock, drum’n’bass and the resonances of folk and urban musics.

John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain: Remember Shakti Southbank Centre/ Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm

John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain celebrate 40 years of friendship and music since the original Shakti made such a massive impact with its astonishing acoustic fusion of eastern and western musics. The dynamic interactions between guitarist McLaughlin and tabla virtuoso Hussain that is the hallmark of Remember Shakti also features Shankar Mahadavan (vocals), U. Srinivas (mandolin), V. Selvaganesh (kanjira, ghatam, mridangam).

Thu 21 November FESTIVAL ON THE MOVE: Alan Hampton

Royal Albert Hall/Café Midday FREE

See Mon 18 November for details. Damon Brown + Yutaka Shiina Quartet

PizzaExpress Jazz Club 1pm FREE

Trumpeter Damon Brown’s poised and assured playing, steeped in hard bop, joins forces with hard hitting US alto saxophonist Bob Martin and the virtuosic Japanese piano player Yutaka Shiina.



Southbank Centre/ Front Room 6pm FREE

Laura Jurd’s stature as trumpeter, composer and catalyst is rapidly growing – whether working with ensembles ranging from chamber music to the ground-breaking Chaos Orchestra, or as a key member of the Chaos Collective, melting pot for some of the country’s most original new jazz activists. This concert features the premiere of a brand new commission for this year’s 21st birthday Festival.

Remember Shakti by Sven Hoffmann

Brad Mehldau


Soweto Kinch

Thu 21 November

Thu 21 November Soweto Kinch Trio

EFG LJF Sessions AT Ray’s Jazz

Ballaké Sissoko

606 Club 8pm

Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, Soho 6pm FREE

Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana: Mehliana + SONS OF Kemet Barbican 7.30pm

Ballaké Sissoko is one of Mali’s greatest exponents of the kora, the 21-stringed harp of the Manding people. He earned his reputation by performing with Toumani Diabaté, Taj Mahal, Ludovico Einaudi and in an award-winning collaboration with French cellist Vincent Segal. For his latest project, At Peace, Sissoko gathers long-time musical companions on guitars and balafon; together, the four musicians produce music that is remarkable for its sophistication and conversation.

Byron Wallen


Point Collective

Ronnie Scott’s 7.15pm

Spice of Life 8pm

See Wed 20 November for details.

Young Czech quartet led by top saxophonist Lubox Soukup, playing a fluid mix of originals and standards, distinguished by a wide range of colours, rhythms and expressions inspired by Scandinavian and Spanish music.

Gilad Atzmon

Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm

20 years after landing in the UK, saxophonist and composer Gilad Atzmon is an evergrowing presence on the European scene, as soloist, bandleader, and sideman with Robert Wyatt and the Blockheads. The current edition of his Orient House Ensemble, his project for string quartet, with new music set alongside interpretations of the evocative Charlie Parker with strings recordings, and his collaboration with vocalist Sarah Gillespie are all featured in tonight’s concert – with special guest, bassist Norman Watt-Roy, the grooving force behind the Blockheads, Wilko Johnson and Nick Cave.

Rich Mix 8pm

Soweto Kinch’s combination of outbut-accessible hard bop-into-free-bop, and jazz-infused, radical hip hop has been making waves and winning awards in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes – a powerhouse of tumultuous saxophonics and free-styling rap that fuses the sounds of the past, present and future.

See Mon 18 November for details

World-renowned pianist Brad Mehldau switches to Fender Rhodes and a battery of vintage synths to partner up with acclaimed drummer Mark Guiliana in a collaboration whose club sets have generated a massive buzz. Playing without set compositions, Mehliana take in openended improv, forays into drum ‘n’ bass and a nod back to the dance funk spirit of the early 1970s, taking the audience into uncharted territory. Burn is the most apt description you could possibly find for the first album from Shabaka Hutchings and his multigrooved four-piece, Sons of Kemet with twin drummers Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford bottomed out by the tubatronix of Oren Marshall. Music that digs into Caribbean and African roots with a contemporary jazz swagger and attitude – ‘dazzlingly adventurous’ (Guardian). Please note that Sons of Kemet will play the second set of tonight’s concert.


Moss Project Ketil Bjørnstad AND Kari Bremnes Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room 7.45pm

A unique figure in the arts in Norway, Ketil Bjørnstad is a pianist, composer and author of some 20 books including a fictionalised biography of painter Edvard Munch. This specially devised concert draws a finely judged portrait of a seminal figure in contemporary art, with songs written for the darkly haunting voice of Kari Bremnes.

Forge 8pm

Moss Freed’s latest recorded project What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes is a compelling marriage of music and words, with a contrasting group of writers contributing short stories in response to individual tracks. Live, two of the authors, Lawrence Norfolk and Hanan alShaykh combine with the impressionistic textures of Freed’s compositions, with vocalist/violinist Alice Zawadzki a key element in the group sound.

Club Inégales 8pm

Club Inégales is a special new venue - in a Euston basement bar. Peter Wiegold’s club band play with guests from all over the world. Tonight Byron Wallen ‘one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive’ (Jazzwise) and the extraordinary taegum of stunning young Korean player, Hyelim Kim.


cre8 Hackney Wick 8pm

Jazz at Café Society artsdepot 8pm

Claude Deppa & the Azanian Diaspora Ensemble Charlton House 8pm FREE

The swaggering South African trumpeter Claude Deppa launches his new album, Azanian, is it I? in the Old Library of this beautiful Jacobean mansion house in Greenwich - a new departure that brings together exponents of high quality Afro/ Caribbean jazz and spoken word from Martinique, Cameroon, Senegal and South Africa.

Entropi and QuadraceraTops

Hundred Crows Rising 8pm

Dee Byrne and Cath Roberts are two saxophonists/composers/ bandleaders who join forces to bring their ensembles to LUME, a new weekly musicianled night at The Angel. Original and improvised music featuring creative musicians from the London jazz scene.

Gwyneth Herbert, Alexander Stewart and China Moses (daughter of jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater) are the vocal stars in this swinging show about the legendary New York nightclub which promoted racial equality and progressive causes. From 1938 to 1947 Café Society played host to some of the finest musical talent of the 20th century, including, most famously, Billie Holiday. Alex Webb’s show débuted at the 2011 Festival and sold out a Tricycle Theatre run last year.

A celebration of valves and vinyl – Cleveland Watkiss, Orphy Robinson and guests choose their favourite vinyl with some surprise guest valvologists. Alice Russell

Electric Ballroom 8pm

Alice Russell is a pure talent – a brilliant soul singer who demands attention, and whose star is rising. She counts David Byrne, Gilles Peterson and Groove Armada among her fans. Her fifth album To Dust, released earlier this year, unveiled her most impressive work to date, attracting plaudits including BBC 6Music Album of the Day. ‘Strikingly soulful, jaw dropping’ (Mojo).


Thu 21 November

Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers

Cafe OTO 8.45pm

Slowly Rolling camera, Alexi TuOmarilA and Mopo

PizzaExpress Jazz Club 7.30pm

Dave Stapleton’s dual role as composer/pianist and motive force behind the fiercely independent Edition Records links this extended programme from Finland and the UK. Pianist Alexi Tuomarila is an articulate and freeflowing soloist, leading a trio that places high value on group interplay, demonstrated on their new CD Seven Hills. Mopo is what they call the humble moped in Finland, and this trio steps on the gas for a speedy joyride from speed punk to funky afrobeat. Stapleton’s own new band moves into electronica and a world of invisible soundtracks and mysterious audio vignettes. John Etheridge Crazy Coqs 8pm

See Tue 19 November for details.

Martin Speake Green Note 8.30pm

‘One of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent’ (Jazz Times), Martin Speake is joined by an outstanding group of players: Kit Downes (keyboards), Steve Watts (bass) and Jeff Williams (drums). Playing material from Always A First Time, Martin’s latest CD on his own Pumpkin label. Denys Baptiste: Now’s The Time… Let Freedom Ring! Harrow Arts Centre 8.30pm

Marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s great 1963 speech with music and poetry, Denys Baptiste’s highly acclaimed jazz suite is reinvented for a new decade, incorporating a live band and choir, spoken word and visuals. Evan Parker Vortex 8.30pm

Evan Parker’s astonishing command of the saxophone is matched by an apparently infinite reserve of imagination, where rhythmic patterns, melodic twists and turns, and a constantly surprising sonic palette combine in the art of a master improviser and innovative force.

Draw By Four AND Pickpocket Amersham Arms 8.30pm

Draw By Four take the classic 60s organ quartet into new territory, whilst fast-fingered quintet Pickpocket combine edgy grooves and sinuous lines amid sonorous freeimprov with an almost criminal abandon. Carol Grimes

Lauderdale House 8.30pm

From busking in the street as a teenager, through a rock career which embraced countless gigs across the world, to being part of unclassifiable vocal group The Shout, Carol Grimes is a national treasure. Original songs of drama and love are given real power by a voice that’s steeped in blues and jazz, with a terrific band featuring the fiercely individual trombonist Annie Whitehead. Hannah Williams AND The Tastemakers Hideaway 8.30pm

With a fast-developing reputation as a great live act and with the recent release of their début album Hill of Feathers, Hannah Williams and the Tastemakers bring their deep soul and raw funk sound to the Hideaway.

Wadada Leo Smith presents his phenomenal large-scale masterwork the complete Ten Freedom Summers suite - over three nights at Cafe OTO, with his Golden Quartet, a string section and video projectionist. Ten Freedom Summers is inspired by the story of the civil rights movement, capturing defining moments in the history of the USA from the Niagara Falls Congress in 1905 to Martin Luther King’s Memphis speech. GW’s Broken Big Band Mau Mau Bar 9.30pm

Matthew Herbert + Hello Skinny Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm

Matthew Herbert has brought many of his major projects to the Festival – now, we are proud to premiere the live version of The End of Silence, Matthew’s latest album on Accidental, which The Independent called ‘a tense, unsettling, and a brilliantly angry piece of art’. Played by an improvising quartet of Yann Seznec, Tom Skinner, Sam Beste and Matthew himself, it’s ‘a stark piece and often quite terrifying’ (Pitchfork) – Clash magazine called it ‘brutally beautiful’. First up, Tom Skinner himself steps out with his Hello Skinny project.

West London’s longstanding jazz residency Jazz re:freshed, presents Grant Windsor’s Broken Big Band. Windsor takes on the traditional ‘big band’ by flipping it on its head with arrangements of electronic music, hip hop and original compositions. Alexander Hawkins Curates Vortex Midnight

Alexander Hawkins curates three late night sessions at the Vortex which are sure to reflect the widerunning enthusiasms of a pianist and composer whose collaborations extend from Evan Parker to Mulatu Astatke to Marshall Allen, as well as his own ensemble and trio. Expect the unexpected - and check the website for details of who’s playing. Also on Fri 22 and Sat 23 November.


Royal Albert Hall/Café Midday FREE

See Sun 17 November for details. EFG LJF Sessions AT Ray’s Jazz

Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, Soho 6pm FREE

See Mon 18 November for details.

Peter Johnstone

Southbank Centre/ Clore Ballroom 1pm FREE

Winner of the Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year, mentored by Tommy Smith, and still only 23. The prodigiously talented pianist Peter Johnstone is on the upward trail, bringing his effortlessly–swinging trio for their début Festival appearance.

Fri 22 November


Matthew Herbert by Socrates Mitsios

Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita. Photo by Pier Luigi


Fri 22 November

Fri 22 November

Tomorrow’s Warriors

Southbank Centre/ Front Room 5.30pm FREE

A veritable hothouse for talented young players, the current Tomorrow’s Warriors crew take on the classic repertoire of Charles Mingus, including Open Letter to Duke and the hard-hitting Better Git It In Your Soul – and are joined by vocalist Cherise Adams-Burnett in a series of songs influenced by Mingus, including Joni Mitchell’s standout version of Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. Festival on the move: Showcase Barbican/FreeStage 6pm FREE

See page 5 for details. Toumani DiabatÉ and Trio Da Kali Southbank Centre/ Royal Festival Hall 7.30pm

Kora sensation Toumani Diabaté joins Trio Da Kali, three outstanding musicians from the Mande griot culture of southern Mali. Created by the Aga Khan Music Initiative with help from Lucy Duran, and brought together for the first time at the BBC Proms this summer, they combine the amazing voice of Hawa Kasse Mady, the daughter of the legendary singer Kasse Mady Diabaté, the virtuoso balafon playing of Lassana Diabaté (Symmetric Orchestra, AfroCubism), and Mamadou Kouyaté providing brilliant bass lines in the tradition of his father, ngoni maestro Bassekou Kouyaté.


Heath Street Baptist Church 7.30pm

Douglas McCombs from Tortoise has a longstanding side project, his own band called Brokeback – it’s a place where he can play quieter than usual, and the Baptist chapel in Hampstead is the perfect place to hear the instrumental flow of his new Thrill Jockey album Brokeback and the Black Rock in a rare London concert. Gwilym Simcock’s Eurozone

PizzaExpress Jazz Club 7.30pm

Gwilym Simcock embarks on a multi-night residency – a series of intriguing collaborations with specially chosen kindred spirits from UK and Europe. First up is what’s sure to be a trio of rare quality, featuring saxophonist Julian Arguelles and the exquisite voice of Norma Winstone, interpreting classic songs from Peter Gabriel to Tom Waits and Jaco Pastorius. Geoff Gascoyne’s 50th Birthday celebration

Milton Court Concert Hall 7.30pm

Geoff Gascoyne, one of Britain’s pre-eminent bass players and Guildhall professor, celebrates his 50th birthday with Guildhall ensembles and special guests, including Jim Mullen (guitar), Tom Cawley (piano), Martin Hathaway (alto saxophone), and vocalists Trudy Kerr and Ian Shaw.

Black Saint and The Sinner Lady – Nu Civilisation Orchestra Plays Mingus + Lords of the lower frequency Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room 7.45pm

Described by Charles Mingus himself as ethnic folk-dance music, The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is a rollercoaster ride through ‘typically haunting bluesiness, dancing vivacity and moments of Andalucian heat’ (Q). Gary Crosby celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of a jazz masterpiece with a band packed with London’s hottest young talent. Three generations of double bass maestros play the opening set as Lords of the Lower Frequency, with Crosby joined by the evergreen Peter Ind and Dave Green. All three also take part in a pre-concert discussion at 6.30pm, illuminating the role and history of the bass in jazz, hosted by Kevin LeGendre. Chloe Charles

Crazy Coqs 8pm

‘Julian Lennon’s stepsister sings unique and colourful songwriter-pop songs with an introverted beauty of surprising clarity’ (Rolling Stone). Chloe Charles challenges all the stereotypes of black female singers, playing stunning classical guitar and writing songs that evoke the sound of fellowCanadian Joni Mitchell. Catch her for two nights in London’s most intimate club. Also appearing on Sat 23 November.


La Chiva Gantiva

Rich Mix 8pm

The explosive and irrepressibly exuberant Columbian exiles La Chiva Gantiva storm the stage with a ferocious rabblerousing, bone shaking set of carnival punk funk that has been hitting festivals throughout Europe and the US over the summer. Likened to Gogol Bordello colliding with Manu Chao, or James Brown meeting Lionel Hampton, they’re busy shaping the follow up to their classic Crammed album Pelao – don’t miss them while they’re still playing tiny venues. Chaos Collective

Spice of Life 8pm

Consisting of some of London’s most high-calibre creative young performers, this spectacular 20-piece large ensemble plays contemporary music by some of the UK’s finest young composers/ improvisers including Laura Jurd, Elliot Galvin, Alex Roth and Simon Marsh. Jay’s Jitter Jive

Hippodrome 8pm

Jay’s Jitter Jive will have you swinging and spinning all night long. Trumpeter Jay Phelps leads a band steeped in the style and panache of an era when Ellington, Basie, Artie Shaw and Cab Calloway ruled the roost - with the effervescent singer Lauren Dalrymple and the London Swing Dance Society tearing up the dancefloor.

Hal Willner: AmaRcord Nino Rota Tom Millar Quartet + Jam Session

Barbican 8pm

Nino Rota is a seminal figure in contemporary music, as composer, conductor and hugely influential teacher. He was also one of the best-loved of movie composers – perhaps best-known for The Godfather, his scores for the films of Frederico Fellini are especially memorable, brim-full of Mediterranean warmth, humour and romance. After Rota’s death in 1979, American producer Hal Willner (Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson) recorded Amarcord Nino Rota, the first in a long string of acclaimed musical tributes. With Carla Bley’s joyful re-imagining of the theme from 8½ as a highlight, a stellar cast of singers, instrumentalists and music director Kate St John create extraordinary interpretations of Rota’s timeless pieces from Fellini’s classics. ‘The most precious collaborator I ever had…a musical approach worthy of celestial spheres’ (Federico Fellini).

Green Note 8pm

Expect strong melodies, intricate rhythmic grooves and creative free playing from pianist Tom Miller’s quartet followed by a jam session at 10pm. Sonorous: Grasscut / Eyes Of A Blue Dog / MooV Vortex 8.30pm

Raymond MacDonald

Club Inégales 8pm

Tonight’s guest saxophonist Raymond MacDonald, a prolific figure on the Scottish and European free scenes, improvises with Miguel Carvalhais, the multifaceted Portuguese electro-acoustic composer.

Three bands working at the edges of musical genres come together for a night of boundarypushing experimentation. EOABD mine an underground seam of electro-pop song, post-rock and sonorous electronica. Signed to Ninja Tune, Grasscut make sounds that ‘keep your ears refreshed and alive’ (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music). MooV inhabit a space between jazz, classical and folk. ‘Something extraordinarily strange and beautiful.’ (BBC Radio 1).

Nicolas Meier Group

Forge 8.30pm

Guitarist Nicolas Meier presents his new album Kismet which features his quartet with special guest Turkish guitarist Cenk Erdogan. Dominic Alldis

Pheasantry 8.30pm

See Fri 15 November for full details. Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers Cafe OTO 8.45pm

See Thu 21 November for details.

The Image of Jazz Jazz has long maintained a reciprocal fascination with film, photography and the visual arts – and continuing into an expressive dialogue with new media. This year’s Festival adds a series of landmark films programmed by the Barbican Cinema that complement and illuminate themes emerging from this year’s live music, profiling Festival artists and exploring the social and political background to the lives and dedication of the artists who stand at the heart of blues and jazz. A penetrating blues double bill of And This Is Free and Black Roots, and a UK premiere of Bayou Maharajah – the Tragic Genius of James Booker delve into the roots of jazz, whilst Archie Shepp at Algiers documents the 1969 Pan-African Cultural Festival that brought a global spotlight to the arts and culture of post-colonial Africa. The series also includes further UK premieres of new documentaries about Charles Lloyd and Wayne Shorter – a major presence on the year’s concert programme – and a showing for a new UK film, Titus, with music from Archie Shepp, and appearances by some of London’s finest – Ian Shaw, Nathaniel Facey, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Shabaka Hutchings amongst them. Full details on The art of one the world’s most celebrated jazz photographers, David Redfern – described by Dexter Gordon as ‘the Cartier-Bresson of jazz’ – is featured in a new exhibition – many of his most resonant images displayed alongside the work of Edu Hawkins – one of today’s emerging photographic talents, mentored by Redfern and sharing many of the same values. The exhibition runs throughout the Festival at the Southbank Centre’s Front Room. Throughout the Festival, artists of a new generation include innovative visual elements in their performances – for instance, the Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer with improvising video artist Tord Knudsen; the Hidden Orchestra at Cargo with Bristol’s Lumen; the inspiration of artists Munch and Turner in projects from Ketil Bjørnstad and Tim Whitehead; and the evocative music of Fellini’s favourite film composer revisited in Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota, there’s a richness to the Festival that engages the eye as well as the ear.

Fri 22 November


Alice Zawadzki

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Ian Shaw Sings Joni Mitchell

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Alice Zawadzki Band Polish Jazz Café POSK 9pm

Juliet Roberts Hideaway 9pm

Strobes & Money Jungle

Two special shows celebrating some of the amazing collaborations of Juliet Roberts’ sparkling 30 year career as well as her solo songbook featuring special guest saxophonist Denys Baptiste. ‘one of the most majestic soul, gospel and jazz inspired voices on the UK circuit’ (Guardian). Also on Sat 23 November.

One of London’s best kept jazz secrets, the Con Cellar Bar hosts the thrilling contemporary keyboard and drums duo from Dan Nicholls and Dave Smith, while Money Jungle will swing into the small hours, playing arrangements of Monk and Mingus.

Con Cellar Bar 9pm

Engagingly eccentric, sensual and feminine, are just some of the superlatives written about Alice Zawadzki’s songwiting, voice and violin. Samara

606 Club 9.30pm

Latin jazz at its infectiously exuberant best, led by the 606 supremo Steve Rubie (alto saxophone/flute) and featuring Brazilian vocalist Jandira Silva, in a set of invariably enchanting and seductive songs.

Royal Albert Hall/ Elgar Room 9.45pm

Multi award-winning jazz singer and pianist Ian Shaw has been a life-long fan of Joni Mitchell. So much so that he recorded an acclaimed entire collection of her songs (Drawn To All Things – The Songs of Joni Mitchell). This solo show, adapted to just Shaw’s voice, the Elgar Room’s famed red piano and special guests is an exclusive show in celebration of the hugely influential singersongwriter’s 70th birthday. Alexander Hawkins Curates

Vortex Midnight

See Thu 21 November for details.


Sat 23 November

Tim Whitehead: Turner and The Thames National Maritime Museum 1pm FREE

Saxophonist Tim Whitehead performs this new work as part of his Turner and the Thames series. In 2009, Tim was Artist In Residence at Tate Britain, where he closely researched Turner’s Colour Beginnings watercolour sketches drawing links between the process of improvisation and composition, and Turner’s approach to the canvas. The performance will be followed by an interview.

Irene Serra and Jo Caleb

Forge 1.30pm FREE

Italian songstress débuts her upcoming solo album, accompanied by Jo Caleb on guitar – a mix of original compositions and quirky rearrangements of favourite covers. Jazz in the Round

Southbank Centre/ Clore Ballroom 2pm FREE

A special festival edition of Jez Nelson’s barrierbusting monthly night Jazz In The Round, with sets from four exciting festival acts. This event will be recorded for future broadcast on Jazz on 3.

Essentially Ellington Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 4.30pm Panel Session 6pm Martin Litton 7.30pm Scottish National Jazz Orchestra + Ellington In Anticiptation 10.30pm Orphy Robinson and Cleveland Watkiss

Sat 23 November


Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room 3pm

jazz toons: scottish national jazz orchestra family friendly matinee Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 3pm

The wackiest music from Toon Town for all ages – bring the family for an hour or so of cartoon music madness and musical gems from your favourite family movies. Tommy Smith’s big band swing their way through music from the Disney classics and much more, with special guest Jacqui Dankworth adding the classiest of vocal touches. This show is 60 minutes with no interval.


Chris Montague, Kit Downes and Josh Blackmore create a brand new programme for the “bionic arm” of their cutting edge power trio Troyka, launching a new CD that expands their visceral mash-up of rock, improv and dance music into a mutated jazz big band of the future. ‘A great set, full of the dreamy, the rocking, the pulsating and the downright freaky’ (Jazz on 3). Tim Whitehead: Turner and the thames

Southbank Centre/ Clore Ballroom 6pm FREE

See 1pm listing for details.

An extended programme that explores the legacy of a towering figure in jazz history, paying tribute to a composer and bandleader who exerted a massive influence over the evolution of 20th century music. Evocative, richly-textured, and orchestral in scope, the Duke’s sound ranges from heart-stopping melody to rocking blues. At 4.30pm an afternoon panel session investigates the enduring resonance of a key member of the jazz aristocracy. Following this, at 6pm, Ellington the pianist is celebrated in a solo set from one of this country’s finest exponents of ragtime and stride, Martin Litton. In the concert at 7.30pm, with In the Spirit of Duke, Tommy Smith’s Scottish National Jazz Orchestra explores repertoire from the 20s to the 50s with its own inimitable exuberance – ‘an exhilarating re-enactment of Ellington’s gigs, right down to the stage set-up’ (Guardian). Mark Lockheart’s Ellington in Anticipation is both complementary and contrasting – and shows just how deeply the Duke’s sonic world continues to inspire successive generations. A series of Ellington’s most characterful themes are deconstructed and re-arranged for an ensemble of London’s finest – Seb Rochford, Finn Peters amongst them. “….wit, ingenuity and boldness…a delightful solution to the old/new wrangle” (Mojo). And then, post-concert, at 10.30pm, Orphy Robinson and Cleveland Watkiss preside over the wheels of steel to remix the early Ellington big band sound for the 21st century.

Carleen Anderson by Catherine Bradley

Marcus Miller + Carleen Anderson

John Hollenbeck Claudia Quintet + Royal Academy of Music Big Band

Southbank Centre/ Royal Festival Hall 7.30pm

Funk, soul and jazz collide in spectacular style in the music of Marcus Miller. He’s worked as performer and producer with Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack and Frank Sinatra and a host of others – and, crucially, he was Miles Davis’ right-hand man for the last nine years of the trumpeter’s life. Live, he leads a blistering band of young talent, with his own irrestistible bass grooves driving from the front. Vocalist of the year in this year’s Jazz FM Awards, Carleen Anderson brings her soaring voice and electrifying stage presence to the opening set.

Jonathan Silk + Noise Union + Human Resource System Battersea Mess & Music Hall 7.30pm

Three terrific new generation big bands in one night - Jonathan Silk Big Band features trumpeter Percy Pursglove, Noise Union takes on the music of Monk and Mingus, and Kieran McLeod’s Human Resource System ‘possibly the top band of rising talent on the London scene’ (London Jazz) uses cutting edge technology to turn his trombone improvisations into live scores with a global reach. Support from Simon Roth’s Stories and late show by The Dixie Strollers.

Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room 7.45pm

Composer and percussionist John Hollenbeck ‘makes music that sounds the way the world looks and feels in 2013’ (New Republic). Forever seeking to surprise, Hollenbeck brings two sides of his musical personality to the Festival. The Claudia Quintet has amazed audiences from Alabama to the Amazon – telepathic interplay and constantly shifting voicings are hallmarks of a small band making very big music. Hollenbeck’s music for large ensemble is equally unpredictable and multihued, performed here by a big band packed with talented young players, the outcome of his highly successful visiting professorship.

Sarah-Jane Morris Hippodrome 8pm

Singer-songwriter SarahJane Morris straddles rock, blues, jazz and soul with a goosebump-raising four octave range and a feisty, independent spirit – ‘this voice is more than a style, it’s a force of nature’ (Observer). Tonight’s concert previews songs from her newly recorded album featuring Tony Remy’s blues-driven guitar. Sarah Gillespie Quartet

Albany 8pm

Greenwich-born songstress Sarah Gillespie’s music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by her trademark poetic lyricism. Touring with her third album Glory Days, Sarah’s band features Kit Downes on piano. With support from Kizzy Meriel Crawford.

Tribute to Victor Feldman


Sat 23 November

606 Club 9.30pm

Nik BaErtsch: ronin + Trio Red Kings Place/Hall 1 8pm

Gwilym Simcock’s Eurozone

PizzaExpress Jazz Club 7.30pm

The second night of Gwilym’s Dean Street sojourn brings together a quartet with effervescent singer Lianne Carroll and the rhythm team of Malcolm Creese and Martin France – expect the Carroll/Simcock chemistry to produce exhilaration, humour – and even the odd teardrop. Tin Men & the Telephone + obara international

Bad Ass Brass Spice of Life 8pm

Bold, funky and with a touch of musical anarchy, Bad Ass Brass build on the irresistible street rhythms of New Orleans, fronted by a clutch of London’s finest brass players – their high energy live performances are guaranteed to fill the dancefloor. Philip Catherine and John Etheridge + Pascal Schumacher and Sylvain Rifflet + Igor Gehenot Trio

Kings Place/Hall 2 8pm

Vortex 8.30pm

Tin Men & The Telephone recycle anything from the bleeping of electronic devices to the screeching of overzealous football commentators - a Dutch trio that defies convention and yet produces music of absorbing subtlety, wit and musical surprise. In contrast, this doublestrength European concert adds the enterprising Polish saxophonist Maciej Obara with a free-wheeling quartet originating from Take 5 Europe. Fellow Pole, pianist Dominik Wania and the super-elastic Norwegian bass-anddrums team of Ole Morten Vagan and Gard Nilsson complete a fast and furious quartet.

Belgium’s Igloo Records celebrates 35 years of great music with a night of exclusive collaborations. Philip Catherine is a European jazz hero, with an extraordinarily diverse career that stretches back to the early 60s – his duet with a fellow guitarist every inch his equal, John Etheridge, is positively mouthwatering; Luxembourg vibes virtuoso Schumacher joins forces with a multiinstrumentalist fast making waves beyond his native France, Sylvain Rifflet. Still in his early 20s, the massively talented pianist Igor Gehenot completes a tremendous, multigenerational Euro-jazz night with a trio that’s already forged its own alchemical identity.

Chloe Charles

Crazy Coqs 8pm

See Fri 22 November for details.

Mesmerising and hypnotic, the zen-funk, multi-layered sonic world of Nik Baertsch’s Ronin returns to London for the first time since the release of their signature live compilation for ECM – ‘hair-raising and dazzling’ (BBC Music). Trio Red are drummer Tom Bancroft, Curios pianist Tom Cawley and Norwegian bassist extraordinaire Per Zanussi. Compelling collective story-telling leads into a mash-up of Ornette Coleman, Jeff Buckley and Joan Armatrading, sliding into original songs and free improv. Dominic Alldis Pheasantry 8.30pm

See Fri 15 November for details. Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers

Cafe OTO 8.45pm

See Thu 21 November for details.

A revered UK export to the USA way back in the 50s, Victor Feldman made a telling contribution to jazz history with Miles Davis, composing the classic Seven Steps to Heaven, as well as playing with the likes of Cannonball Adderley and Woody Herman. An A-list team of Mornington Lockett (saxophones), John Critchinson and Steve Melling (piano), Jim Hart (vibes) and Martin Shaw (trumpet) pay tribute to a brilliant pianist, percussionist and composer. Kat Edmonson Royal Albert Hall/ Elgar Room 9.45pm

With a fresh blend of jazz, cabaret and cosmopolitan pop, Kat’s been praised by everyone from Lyle Lovett to Chris Isaak. Hailing from Austin, Texas, this new songwriter is also a terrific interpreter and a distinctive voice, as you can hear on her new album Way Down Low. Alexander Hawkins Curates Vortex Midnight

See Thu 21 November for details.

Juliet Roberts Hideaway 9pm

Sat 23 November


Get Involved Airelle Besson Jazz Workshop for young players Southbank Centre/ Level 5 Function Room 11am

French trumpeter Airelle Besson leads a workshop for young musicians who are starting to explore improvisation. For ages 11–16. Suitable for all instruments. Bring your own instrument. Approximately 90 mins. Booking essential via venue box office. Jazz For Toddlers

Kings Place/ St Pancras Room 2pm

See Sat 16 November for details. John Surman Masterclass

Southbank Centre/ Level 5 Function Room 3.30pm

A rare opportunity to delve into the life and works of celebrated saxophonist John Surman. John will speak about his illustrious career, demonstrate his technique with musical interludes and invite questions from the audience. The session is hosted by pianist Alexander Hawkins. Approximately 90 minutes.

See Fri 22 November for details. Groove Razors Quintet

Polish Jazz Café POSK 9pm

Groove Razors make music that’s full of emotion, high energy, and power, with a strong undertone of funk and fusion. Nik Baertsch by Marc Wetli

Next Generation Takes Over


Barbican FreeStage Midday FREE

Sun 24 November

European Sunrise Band + Of Gauls and Gaels + Sonsale + DORS Southbank Centre/ Front Room Midday FREE

The European Sunrise band is the live embodiment of Take Five: Europe - a professional development programme developed by Serious for innovative musicians embarking on international careers – ten hand-picked players from France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and the UK have been turning heads across this year’s European Festival circuit. Jazz Shuttle supports three ground-breaking FrancoBritish collaborations – Of Gauls and Gaels pairs Fraser Fifield’s bagpipes and whistles with a French trio including the spectacular vibes-playing of Benjamin Flament; Sonsale is the improvising quartet of bassist Andy Champion and UK vibist extraordinaire Corey Mwamba alongside Sylvain Darrifourcq and Valentin Ciccaldi – and DORS is the newly minted meeting between dense and frenetic French duo Donkey Monkey and members of trioVD. FESTIVAL ON THE MOVE: Alan Hampton artsdepot 1pm FREE

See Mon 18 November for details.

Mike Gorman Big Band

Spice of Life 1.30pm

Original music and arrangements of standards influenced by the work of Gil Evans, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington and Bill Holman, from a band featuring luminaries Dave O’Higgins, Martin Shaw and Alan Barnes.

The East London Creative Jazz Orchestra’s six day collaboration with their director Paul Griffiths and guests Sons of Kemet culminates as the centrepiece of an afternoon-long programme of ensembles packed with the cream of tomorrow’s jazz generation. Ronnie Scott’s Big Band in a Day, vocalist Andrew Plummer’s project Rhythm Sticks, the powerhouse big band that is the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, and the National Youth Jazz Collective’s current ensemble.

Theo Jackson 606 Club 1.30pm

Young singer/pianist Theo Jackson leads his quartet through classic tunes by Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, as well as his own original songs. Solstice/E17 Jazz Large Ensemble

E17-Orford House 2pm

Flagship E17 jazz large ensemble brings together many fantastic musicians associated with the E17 jazz collective. Members of Solstice write and play each others pieces, influenced by the likes of Hermeto Pascoal and Django Bates.

21st Birthday Celebrations Southbank Centre From Midday

Join us for a day of music and fun for the whole family as the Southbank Centre comes alive with a celebration of all things jazz for the Festival’s 21st Birthday. The Clore Ballroom stage promises a great line-up of free music and events, with Kormac and his Big Band taking centre stage along with performances of Carleen Anderson’s Serious Big Sing Residency and Bold as Brass, where more than 100 brass players, saxophonists and percussionists of all ages take part in a large-scale commission by Jason Yarde. Max Reinhardt and Rita Ray keep the party flowing with DJ sets throughout the day. There will also be opportunities to get involved – including Jazz for Toddlers workshops led by Nathaniel Facey and Moses Boyd, a dance workshop with Jazzcotech and jazz talks. Look out for more birthday party information in the coming weeks, including details on performance and event timings on our EFG London Jazz Festival website Thank you to everyone who has supported the Key to the Future Appeal in support of Serious Trust. We look forward to seeing you at our Birthday Party! For more information and to support Serious Trust:

NYJO play the music of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis

Sun 24 November

Hideaway 2pm

NYJO is living testament to the stunning talent of the current generation of British jazz musicians – exceptional inventiveness and musicianship are to the fore as they pay tribute to a seminal, much-loved ensemble that defined the evolution of the jazz big band in the 60s and 70s.


Stan Tracey

Stan Tracey Quintet + John Surman And stan tracey Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 2pm

The importance of Stan Tracey and John Surman to the evolution of jazz - in the UK and internationally – is inestimable. The opportunity to hear them on the same stage is rare indeed. The opening set sees them re-visit the duets they played together some 35 years ago, with the recording of Sonatinas – breath-taking improvisations that set Surman’s saxophones, boisterous and delicately lyrical by turn, alongside the twists and turns of Tracey’s inimitably spiky piano lines. As well as his wholly distinctive solo style, Tracey has long been admired as a composer for small group and big band. He marks 70 years in music with a brand new suite and CD release, The Flying Pig, following a visit to the WW1 battlefields of Loos, where his then 18 yearold father saw service in 1915. With characteristic insight, Tracey finds inspiration in the wit and humour of the regular soldier in the midst of a terrifying war.

From Soho to Dalston: A Jazz Journey Vortex 6pm FREE

Dan Messore’s View From The Tower

Vortex 4pm

View From The Tower is a series of concerts exploring British jazz composers, many associated with Babel Records. Led by guitarist Dan Messore, an excellent line-up will perform a mix of compositions from Iain Ballamy, Gwilym Simcock, Huw Warren, Gareth Lockrane, Trish Clowes, Freddie Gavita, Julian Arguelles and Phil Robson.



Forge 2pm

Theatre Royal Stratford East 5pm

See Sun 17 November for details.

See Sun 17 November for details.

Just as Dalston today is a centre for creative music and artists, London’s Soho was abuzz in the period after 1945. Babel Records founder and owner Oliver Weindling looks at this period and possible parallels, helped by John Jack, long-standing Soho promoter, proprietor of Cadillac Distribution and one-time manager of Ronnie Scott’s Old Place. The Will Butterworth Quartet play The Nightingale and The Rose Dysart Arms 7.30pm

Will Butterworth Quartet play The Nightingale and the Rose, a suite of music composed by Will Butterworth inspired by Oscar Wilde’s famous story for children.

Archie Shepp

Freedom Improv Session


Charlie Wright’s 7.30pm

Sun 24 November Archie Shepp: Attica Blues Orchestra Barbican 7.30pm

Louis and The Duke In London Cadogan Hall 7pm

In 1932 Louis Armstrong created a sensation when he appeared at the London Palladium and a year later Duke Ellington’s Famous Orchestra became the talk of the town when they topped the bill at the same venue. The music is recreated here by Keith Nichols and his Blue Devils and Enrico Tomasso’s Allstars. To fully conjure that magical moment, the bill includes tributes to some of the finest variety acts of 1933 including Nick Lumley as Max Miller. The evening is presented by Radio 2’s Russell Davies. Bobo Rondelli and l’orchestrino

Southbank Centre/ Purcell Room 7.15pm

If you love Paolo Conte and adore mavericks, don’t miss Bobo Rondelli’s first-ever UK show with the cracking brass band L’Orchestrino. A superstar in Tuscany, a cult everywhere else, Bobo’s new album A Famous Local Singer is a wry comment on fame. In the first half, we will be screening Paolo Virzi’s road movie L’Uomo che aveva picchiato la testa (The Man Who Hit His Head) starring Bobo Rondelli.

The firebrand saxophonist’s seminal 1970s response to the civil rights struggle is recreated in a collision of African American musics - blues, spirituals, classic big band and free jazz. The powerful gospel and blues-charged voice of Amina Claudina Myers, master bassist Reggie Washington, and percussionist Famoudou Don Moye – the beating heart of the Art Ensemble of Chicago – are all featured alongside a big band and string quartet packed with leading French players including the brilliant trumpeter Stephane Belmondo and saxophonists Francois Theberge and Raphael Imbert. Rick Simpson: KLAMER

Spice of Life 7.30pm

Pianist/composer Rick Simpson leads a feisty young seven-piece ensemble that explores through-composed structure alongside jazz improv. Park Stickney Forge 7.30pm

Park Stickney explores the harp’s limits and myths with jubilation and virtuosity. Anyone who thought that the harp was just sweet glissandi and quiet plucking will have a sonic wakeup call.

Sun 24 November

Built around a core of Claude Deppa, Orphy Robinson, Pat Thomas, Steve Noble, plus guest DJ Paul Bradshaw from Straight No Chaser, the monthly celebration of the art of improvisation has also featured guests from classical to grime.

Madeline Bell

606 Club 8.30pm

Zhenya Strigalev’s Smiling Organizm

Nolias 11 8pm

The fiery alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev is forging an increasingly high profile and international presence. This quartet performance features the New York bassist Matt Penman, drummer Jochen Rueckert and Jim Hart on vibraphone.

Trilok Gurtu with special guest Nitin Sawnhey + Open Souls

Georgia Mancio and Alan Broadbent

Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm

Madeleine Peyroux

Southbank Centre/ Royal Festival Hall 7.30pm

‘The only thing that matters is the song’ says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. That conviction, along with a one-of-a-kind voice, has carried her from busking on the streets of Paris all the way to mainstream recognition. Through her intensely distinctive renditions of classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful interpreter with her consistently impeccable choice of material. Peyroux’s new album, The Blue Room, sees the genre-blending singer reworking some landmark musical gems, in a collaboration with longtime Peyroux producer Larry Klein.

Tabla master Trilok Gurtu is a world traveller – his collaborators range across continents, from Jan Garbarek to John McLaughlin to Angelique Kidjo, over some four decades. His most recent recording, Spellbound, re-connects with the muse of the most open-minded of global visionaries, Don Cherry, a crucial influence, stretching back into the 70s, on Gurtu’s search for an intuitive music that transcends boundaries. Yet another, very special, chemistry brings Gurtu together with the multitalented Nitin Sawnhey. The mind-expanding combination of vocalist Ranjana Ghatak, beatboxer Jason Singh and percussionist Seb Rochford conjures extraordinary sonic universe from a shared language that grows from Indian classical music, jazz, and the sounds of the street.

Pheasantry 8pm

Carla Bley, Steve Swallow and Andy Sheppard Wigmore Hall 7.30pm

Of all the colourful characters that feature in the story of jazz, pianist Carla Bley is one of the most deliciously fantastical. She has created an immensely varied body of music since the 60s, ranging from witty big band suites to delicately nuanced duets and trios – including the Bley/Swallow/Sheppard trio that makes a rare UK appearance in the luminous acoustic of the Wigmore Hall following the release of a brand new ECM recording. This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on Jazz Line-Up.

Lauren Kinsella’s Thought-Fox + Strobes

Green Note 8pm

Thought-Fox is led by the dazzling and original vocal talent, Lauren Kinsella. The line-up includes trumpeter Laura Jurd and pianist Dan Nicholls, who also features in the electronic/ acoustic duo, Strobes, with drummer Dave Smith (Robert Plant, Outhouse) big beats and sonic sensurround.


An exquisite new duo collaboration between two-time Grammy award-winning jazz pianist/composer/ arranger, Alan Broadbent (Charlie Haden, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Paul McCartney), and rising star vocalist/lyricist, Georgia Mancio (Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Ian Shaw, ReVoice! Festival).

Infectiously soulful, with a bubbling stage presence, an evening with Madeline Bell is invariably a special occasion. US-born, she has occupied a special place in the UK’s music scene since the 60s – whether as session singer for Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker and a host of others, or hitmaker in her own right. Pulcinella + Hannes Riepler Quintet + Futurethno Vortex 8.30pm

A transcontinental triple bill travels from the UK to the Steppes. Ukraine’s FUTUREthno mix ethnic motifs with a large helping of electronica; French quartet Pulcinella’s combination of fantasy and on-stage theatrics recall a fairytale world; while Hannes Riepler’s Quintet stylishly combine the immediacy of New York’s propulsive downtown style with classical and folk textures. Clare Teal

Gwilym Simcock’s Eurozone

Hideaway 8.30pm

First time in the UK for a firecracker of a piano/ Fender Rhodes duo, with Gwilym joined by the improvising whirlwind that is Michael Wollny. BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist, saxophonist Trish Clowes, adds a further dimension as their special guest.

Celebrate the music of her heroines with the UK’s Queen of Swing. Enjoy a journey through the jazz and big band song book – including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Doris Day and more. A top night of music and the occasional outrageous anecdote, all delivered with Clare’s trademark wit and warmth.

PizzaExpress Jazz Club 8pm

Arun Ghosh by Emile Holba


Sun 24 November

Arun Ghosh’s Arkestra Makara Albany 8pm

Arun Ghosh presents Arkestra Makara, a PanAsian chamber orchestra originally formed for the London 2012 Olympic event - BT River of Music. Driven by a crosscontinental swirl of gongs, percussion, lutes and harps, Arkestra Makara perform brand new compositions and works forged from re-imagined traditional forms. The orchestra features a stunning line-up of performers including Keiko Kitamura, Chris Williams, Nao Masusa and Ganga Thapa.

Get Involved


Cafe OTO 8.45pm

Predicate is led by Alex Ward (‘a compulsively creative polymath’ – Stewart Lee) and features saxophonist Tim Hill, bassist Dominic Lash, and drummer Mark Sanders - free improv at its finest, launching their new album Nails.

Jazz For Toddlers Southbank Centre/ Level 4 Green Bar 11am & 2pm

See Sat 16 November for workshop details.

Vortex Downstairs Jam Vortex 11pm FREE

Continuing the long tradition of jazz jam sessions, the Vortex Downstairs Jam is a chance to see some extraordinary musicians play. Led by guitarist Hannes Riepler, the atmosphere is playful but the calibre is outstanding.

Chris Montague Jazz Workshop for young players Southbank Centre/ Sunley Pavilion 11am

Guitarist Chris Montague leads a workshop aimed at young musicians, focused on developing a strong time feel and group improvisation, For ages 11-16. Suitable for all instrumentalists. Bring your own instrument. Approximately 90 mins. Booking essential via venue box office.

Serious Big Sing Workshop with Brendan Reilly Barbican 2pm

Basement Jazz star and jazz vocalist Brendan reilly leads a fun packed sing-a-long workshop, designed for the whole family to enjoy. Some singing experience welcome. For ages 12+. Approximately 90 mins. Booking essential via venue box office. For the first time in our 21 year history the EFG London Jazz Festival has a dedicated commission fund – celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of the music and the artists who create it. We are delighted to mark our 21st birthday with this range of new musical works that demonstrates the vitality of the international jazz scene. Listen out for the new works – performed by solo artists, small ensembles, big bands, inspired participatory performers, young talent and world-class artists at the top of their game.

21COMMISSIONS Adriano Adewale Alexander Hawkins Andy Sheppard Brass Jaw Carla Bley Carleen Anderson Celine Bonacina Chris Sharkey Courtney Pine Jason Yarde Laura Jurd Michele Drees Nik Baertsch Open Souls Sons of Kemet Stan Sulzmann Tigran Hamasyan Tim Whitehead Troykestra Zena Edwards Zoe Rahman Our thanks to Arts Council England, Foyle Foundation, Alexander Landia, PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland and Serious Trust donors for their support for the 21 Commissions fund.

Catch the EFG London Jazz Festival on BBC Radio 3

Jazz on 3 / Hear & Now

- live broadcasts, concert recordings and highlights from the festival, along with additional features on BBC Radio 3 throughout November and December.

Wayne Shorter - an 80th-birthday special featuring the Wayne Shorter Quartet (see Sunday 17 November and Jazz Line-Up)

LIVE BROADCASTS Jazz Voice (Friday 15 November, 7.30pm - Radio 3 Live in Concert) - the festival’s star-studded opening gala, directed by Guy Barker Jazz on 3 (Friday 15 November, 11pm-1am) Jez Nelson hosts the now traditional show that kicks off the festival, live from Ronnie Scott’s. Featuring sets from festival artists including Medeski Martin and Wood

CONCERT RECORDINGS FOR FUTURE BROADCAST Jazz Line-Up The Jazz Line-Up Stage with Kevin LeGendre and Julian Joseph (see 16 November, Clore Ballroom, SBC, 3-7pm) Wayne Shorter - an 80th-birthday special featuring Wayne Shorter and the BBC Concert Orchestra (see Sunday 17 November and Jazz on 3) Geri Allen/Esperanza Spalding/ Terri Lynne Carrington (see 17 November, Barbican) Carla Bley/Steve Swallow/Andy Sheppard (see 24 November, Wigmore Hall)

Adventures in Sound (see 16 November, Cafe OTO) Noszferatu & Schlippenbach Trio (see 16 November, Queen Elizabeth Hall)

Jaimeo Brown (see 19 November, XOYO) Jazz In The Round (see 23 November, Royal Festival Hall foyer) Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers (see 21-24 November, Cafe OTO)

RELATED PROGRAMMING In Tune (broadcast Monday-Friday, 18-22 November) Radio 3’s live drivetime show with special studio guests appearing during the festival week Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz (broadcast 16 November) Geoffrey Smith salutes Sonny Rollins and revisits some of his most memorable live performances at the Village Vanguard with Elvin Jones, Don’t Stop the Carnival with Tony Williams and his 2007 birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall Composer Of The Week (broadcast Monday- Friday, 11-15 November) Five daily programmes examining the life and work of the pioneering American jazz pianist and composer, Bill Evans Jazz Record Requests (broadcast 30 November) Alyn Shipton hosts an audience edition of this Radio 3 classic with festival-related requests and special musical guests (see 17 November)

All programmes are available online live and for seven days after broadcast via

Photo by Emile Holba


Photo by Emile Holba

Beyond Concerts

Beyond Concerts

Learning and participation is central to the EFG London Jazz Festival programme. As well as enjoying the great concerts on offer over the 10 days, we encourage audiences to delve further into the music by getting involved. Our Learning & Participation programme opens the door to music for all age groups, with opportunities to participate on a variety of levels, from jazz workshops for toddlers, through to family-friendly events. We also have a great deal of activity taking place behind the scenes. Each year we invite internationally acclaimed artists into schools, conservatoires and community settings.

RANDOLPH MATTHEWS, ARUN GHOSH AND GAWAIN HEWITT GO NORTH The Festival teams up with Clive, artsdepot’s club night for young people with learning disabilities on Fri 8 November – bringing jazz centre stage! Featuring a performance by young people following a special jazz residency with vocal explorer Randolph Matthews, music technologist Gawain Hewitt and composer and clarinettist Arun Ghosh. BRENDAN REILLY, ZARA McFARLANE AND CECILIA STALIN GO EAST In partnership with Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES), three of London’s finest vocalists deliver a series of inspirational and fun jazz singing workshops for primary school children and their teachers across Tower Hamlets this autumn, and bring the schools together in a final, celebratory concert.

SOWETO KINCH AND ESKA GO SOUTH Patron Soweto Kinch and acclaimed singer songwriter Eska introduce a new music, dance and theatre commission created by talented young people from across South East and outer London, in partnership with ArtsTrain. Featuring the brightest talent and original voices from the region. Mon 18 November, 7pm Langley Park School for Boys Concert Hall, Beckenham. THE WRITE STUFF Our intensive jazz journalism initiative for new writers returns for its 11th edition, in partnership with the UK’s leading jazz magazine, Jazzwise. Offering fantastic opportunities for writers to get professional guidance from some of the industry’s leading names. Former ‘Stuffers’ have gone on to work for the Guardian, Jazzwise, Jazz on 3 and more. Reviews will be available to read on both the Festival and Jazzwise websites.

SERIOUS NEW AUDIENCES Each year the EFG London Jazz Festival offers subsidised tickets for a range of concerts to hundreds of young people and community groups that wouldn’t normally have access to high profile music events in major arts venues. For more information on the scheme contact YOUNG & SERIOUS Young & Serious is our year-round programme, offering young producers a unique insight into the music industry. Catch the Y&S produced FreeStage event on Tue 19 November (see p27) and follow their activity as they review concerts, interview artists and audiences throughout the Festival: youngandserious Youngandseriousblog.

JASON YARDE GOES BOLD AS BRASS Celebrating the Festival’s 21st birthday, Bold as Brass – a new commission for over 100 amateur brass players of all ages and abilities – premieres a genre-defying fanfare on Sun 24 November in the Southbank Centre. For more info see: www.londonjazzfestival. Serious Big Sing Residency with Carleen Anderson 2013’s Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year, soul and jazz singer extraordinaire Carleen Anderson also joins us in celebrating the Festival’s 21st birthday, with a new commission performed by a 50 strong community choir on Sun 24 November at Southbank Centre. For info on how to join the Choir contact

For more information about EFG London Jazz Festival and our year round Learning & Participation programme, please contact



Venues & Booking

606 Club

Charlton House

90 Lots Rd SW10 0QD Fulham Broadway 020 7352 5953

Charlton Road SE7 8RE Charlton 020 8856 3951

Amersham Arms

388 New Cross Road SE14 5TY New Cross 0208 469 1499 artsdepot

5 Nether St N12 0GA West Finchley & Woodside Park 020 8369 5454 Barbican

Silk St EC2Y 8DS Barbican/Moorgate 020 7638 8891 Battersea Mess and Music Hall

51 Lavender Gardens SW11 1DJ Clapham Common 020 7223 6927 Bishopsgate Institute

230 Bishopsgate EC2M 4QH Liverpool Street 020 7392 9200 Cafe OTO

18 - 22 Ashwin Street E8 3DL Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland Charlie Wright’s

45 Pitfield St N1 6DA Old Street 020 7490 8345

Chats Palace

42-44 Brooksby’s Walk E9 6DF Homerton and Hackney Central 020 8533 0227

Dysart Arms

Heath Street Baptist Church

135 Petersham Rd TW10 7AA Richmond 020 8940 8005

84 Heath Street NW1 1DN Hampstead 0207 431 0511



383-387 High St E15 4QZ Stratford 020 8536 5555

2 Empire Mews SW16 2ED Streatham 020 8835 7070

Duke’s (Basement Club)


18-20 Houndsditch EC3A 7LP Aldgate and Tower Hill

Leicester Square WC2H 7JH Leicester Square 0207 769 8888

Milton Court Concert Hall

(see Barbican) National Maritime Museum

Romney Rd SE10 9NF Cutty Sark / Greenwich 020 8858 4422 Nolias 11

56 Stamford Street SE1 9LX Southwark 020 7928 9366 Pheasantry

Club Inégales

Duke Street Church

Hundred Crows Rising

180 North Gower Street NW1 2NB Euston

Duke Street TW9 1DH Richmond 020 8940 1551

58 Penton Street N1 9PZ Angel 020 7837 3891

152 Kings Road SW3 4UT Sloane Square 0845 6027 017

Cockpit Theatre

E17 - Orford House

Jazz Nursery

Polish Jazz Café Posk

Gateforth Street NW8 8EH Edgware Road or Marylebone 020 7258 2925

73 Orford House E17 9QR Walthamstow 020 8520 5687

Arch 61 Ewer Street SE1 0NR Southwark 020 7928 1225

238-246 King Street W6 0RF Hammersmith 020 8741 1940

184 Camden High Street NW1 8QP Camden Town 020 7485 9006

Kings Place

PizzaExpress Jazz Club

90 York Way N1 9AG Kings Cross 020 7520 1490



10 Dean St W1D 3RW Tottenham Court Rd 0845 602 7017

20 Sherwood Street W1F 7ED Piccadilly Circus 020 7734 4888

3-7 Delancey St NW1 7NL Camden Town / Mornington Crescent 020 7387 5959

1A Camden High Street NW1 7JE Mornington Crescent 0870 432 5527


Green Note

The Old Baths, 80 Eastway, E9 5JH Hackney Wick 0208 533 1691

106 Parkway NW1 7AN Camden Town 020 7485 9899

Highgate Hill N6 5HG Archway 020 8348 8716

Harrow Arts Centre

Mau Mau Bar

171 Uxbridge Rd HA5 4EA Hatch End 020 8416 8989

265 Portobello Road W11 1LR Ladbroke Grove 020 7229 8528

Con Cellar Bar

42 St Pancras Way NW1 0QT Camden Town Crazy Coqs

Electric Ballroom

Lauderdale House

Ray’s Jazz at Foyles*

113-119 Charing Cross Rd WC2H 0EB Tottenham Court Rd 020 7440 3205 Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd E1 6LA Shoreditch High Street 020 7613 7498 Ronnie Scott’s

47 Frith St W1D 4HT Tottenham Court Rd 020 7439 0747

Venues & Booking

Rose Theatre Kingston

24-26 High St KT1 1HL Kingston 0844 482 1556 Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore SW7 2AP South Kensington 0845 401 5045 Servant Jazz Quarters

10a Bradbury Street N16 8JN Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland 0207 6848411 Southbank Centre

Belvedere Rd SE1 8XX Waterloo 0844 875 0073 Spice Of Life

6 Moor St W1D 5NA Leicester Square 07870 915682 St James’, Piccadilly

197 Piccadilly W1J 9LL Piccadilly Circus 020 7496 8980 St James Theatre

12 Palace Street SW1E 5JA Victoria 0844 264 2140

The Others

6-8 Manor Road N16 5SA Finsbury Park and Manor House The Oxford*

256 Kentish Town Rd NW5 2AA Kentish Town 020 7485 3521 The Salisbury

1 Grand Parade N4 1JX Turnpike Lane 020 8800 9617 Theatre Royal Stratford East

Gerry Raffles Square E15 1BN Stratford 020 8279 1157 Village Underground

54 Holywell Lane EC2A 3PQ Old Street and Liverpool Street 020 7422 7505 Vortex

11 Gillett St N16 8AZ Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland 020 7254 4097 Wigmore Hall

Pond Street NW3 2PP Belsize Park

36 Wigmore St W1U 2BP Oxford Circus / Bond St 020 7935 2141

The Albany


Douglas Way SE8 4AG Deptford / New Cross 020 8692 4446

32-37 Cowper St EC2A 4AP Old Street 020 7354 9993

St Stephen’s Rosslyn Hill


NATIONAL RAIL UNDERGROUND OVERGROUND DLR * NO ADVANCE BOOKINGS The times shown for concert venues are when the performance begins. 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 seat. About two-thirds of the shows in the Festival sell out in advance, so we strongly recommend advance bookings. The right is reserved to alter the advertised programme. The programme goes to press in August, so there are always a few changes during the autumn. Please check londonjazzfestival. for updates. Some of the smaller venues have limited facilities for people with disabilities - please consult artslineonline. com, and check with the venue before booking. If you don’t feel you are treated well by any venue, please e-mail Jayne. as soon as possible, so that we can try and put things right for other people.


Festival in Full

Festival in Full


Fri 15 November 1pm 1.10pm 5.30pm 6pm 6.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30 & 10.30pm 7.45pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9pm 9pm 9pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 10.30pm

Trogon Dominic Alldis CÉline Bonacina Kai Hoffman Medeski, Martin and Wood Nils Petter Molvær with Tord Knudsen Jazz Voice Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis + Zena Edwards Hossein Alizadeh + Pejman Hadadi RenÉ Marie (two Performances) Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra + Brass Jaw Black Top Enrico Pieranunzi + Julie Sassoon George Crowley Band+ Kaz Simmons PEDRITO MARTINEZ Submotion Orchestra Andy Davies’ Bop Shop Township Comets London Vocal Project + Albert Hera Down To The Bone Sandy Sucholdolski Krar Collective AND Akalé Wubé Annbjørg Lien and Roger Tallroth Nina Ferro with Imaani JAZZ ON 3 LAUNCH

Southbank Centre/Clore Ballroom St James Church Piccadilly Southbank Centre/ Front Room Barbican/FreeStage Ronnie Scott’s Kings Place Barbican Southbank Centre/Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall PizzaExpress Jazz Club Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Cafe OTO Bishopsgate Institute Green Note artsdepot KOKO Spice of Life Vortex Forge Hideaway Polish Jazz Café POSK Rich Mix Kings Place 606 Club Ronnie Scott’s

p6 p6 p6 p6 p6 p6 p6 p6 p6 p8 p8 p8 p8 p8 p8 p8 p8 p8 p9 p9 p9 p9 p9 p8 p9


Southbank Centre/ Front Room Forge Southbank Centre/Clore Ballroom Nolias 11 Southbank Centre/ Front Room Cafe OTO Rich Mix Southbank Centre/Royal Festival Hall Barbican Barbican/FreeStage Vortex Ronnie Scott’s Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall Kings Place Rose Theatre Kingston

p10 p10 p10 p10 p10 p11 p11 p11 p10 p12 p12 p12 p12 p12 p12


PizzaExpress Jazz Club Kings Place

p12 p13

Cockpit Theatre Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Cafe OTO Spice of Life Rich Mix Vortex Chats Palace Hideaway

p13 p13 p13 p13 p13 p13 p13 p13


7.30 & 10.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 9pm

Kentish Town Instant Orchestra John Crawford Duo Jazz Line-Up Zhenya Strigalev’s Uranium Quartet F-IRE Collective Jazz on 3: Adventures in Sound Arun Ghosh An Evening with Paolo Conte Bob James and David Sanborn + Zoe Rahman Quartet Dutch Focus: Bruut!, DASH!, Kopak Bruno Heinen: Stockhausen’s Tierkreis Medeski, Martin & Wood (TWO SHOWS) ARILD ANDERSEN QUINTET + REIJSEGER/FRAANJE/SYLLA Loop Collective National Youth Jazz Orchestra With Soweto Kinch and Mark Nightingale RenÉ Marie (Two Performances) Nils Petter Molvær with Hilde Marie Kjersem band and Spin Marvel Phronesis: In The Round Schlippenbach Trio vs Noszferatu Black Top J-SONICS Soumik Datta: The Sound of Surprise Emilia Mårtensson And the fable string quartet The Guest Stars London Community Gospel Choir

Maciek Pysz Trio Saxophone Summit

Polish Jazz Café POSK 606 Club

p13 p13

Neil CharleS Jazz Workshop for young players Jazz for Toddlers Waffle Hearts. Family Friendly Reading and Music Brass Jaw with Gwyneth Herbert - Family Friendly Matinee Peter Ind Masterclass Way In To The Way Out: Part 1 An introduction to Jazz

Southbank Centre/Level 5 Function Room Discover, Stratford Kings Place Wigmore Hall Southbank Centre/Level 5 Function Room Southbank Centre/Front Room

p15 p15 p15 p15 p15 p15 FREE

PizzaExpress Jazz Club


artsdepot Rich Mix 606 Club Southbank Centre/Clore Ballroom Spice of Life Hideaway Jazz Nursery Forge Duke’s Basement Club Barbican/FreeStage Kings Place Barbican Barbican/FreeStage Barbican St James Theatre Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Vortex Theatre Royal Stratford East Kings Place Ronnie Scott’s Cockpit Theatre Forge Village Underground Southbank Centre/Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall Milton Court Concert Hall Spice of Life 606 Club Hideaway XOYO Vortex The Salisbury Cafe OTO Vortex

p16 p16 p16 p16 p16 p16 p16 p16 p16 p16 p16 p17 p17 p17 p18 p18 p18 p18 p18 p18 p18 p18 p18 p18 p19 p19 p19 p19 p19 p19 p19 p20 p20 p20

Southbank Centre/Level 5 Function Room Barbican/Garden Room Southbank Centre/Front Room

p20 p20 p20 FREE

Sun 17 November 1pm


Sat 16 November 1pm 1.30pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 3pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 3pm 4pm 7.15 & 11.15pm 7.30pm all day from 3pm 7.30pm

9pm 9.30pm GET INVOLVED 11am 12.30pm 2pm 3pm 3pm 5pm


Mark Perry/Duncan Eagles Quintet + Leo Appleyard Quintet Festival on the move: Vive MONOSWEZI Peter Ind AND Peter Marinker Next Generation Takes Over Gareth Lockrane Big Band King Candy & the Sugar Push Jazz Nursery Goes to New Orleans Nate Najar Shiftless Shuffle Jazz Dance session Jazz Record Requests Jan Bang and Nils Petter Molvær – Sounds from Silents Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding: ACS Ruben Fox AND Mark Kavuma Wayne Shorter: Quartet and BBC Concert Orchestra Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film (two performances) Charlie Parker on Dial (two performances) London Jazz Orchestra: New Adventures Festival on the move: Vive Sidsel Endresen and Philip Jeck Natalie Williams Soul Family Phronesis: In The Round Melissa James Snarky Puppy Patty Griffin + Julia Biel Jazz CubanO! CELEBRATING JAZZ AT THE PHILHARMONIC Duncan Eagles Quartet + Samuel Eagles Quartet Lillian Boutté Lund Quartet Riot Jazz Mopomoso presents John Russell’s Quaqua Flashmob Luc Ex ASSEMBLEE + Samuel Blaser TRIO + ELECTRIC EPIC Vortex Downstairs Jam

1pm 1pm 1.30pm 1.30pm 1.30pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 4pm 5.45pm 8pm 3 & 7.30pm 3 & 7.45pm 4pm 5pm 5pm 7.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 11pm GET INVOLVED 11am Cheryl Alleyne. Jazz Workshop for young players 2pm Serious BIG Sing with Cecilia Stalin 5pm Way In To The Way Out: Part 2 An introduction to Jazz







Festival in Full

Festival in Full


Mon 18 November 6pm 6pm 7.30pm 7.15pm 7.45pm 8.30pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 9.45pm GET INVOLVED 2pm

VeRneri Pohjola EFG LJF Sessions AT Ray’s Jazz Lee Konitz with Dan Tepfer + Kenny Wheeler Quintet Christian McBride Michèle Drees: Jazz Tap Project Louis Moholo-Moholo AND Alexander Hawkins Thunderdog + Alan Hampton SPOEK Hiatus Kaiyote Cecilia Stalin Oli Rockberger Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips Claire Martin: Cellos

Southbank Centre/ Front Room Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, Soho Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall Ronnie Scott’s Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Vortex The Oxford XOYO Village Underground 606 Club PizzaExpress Jazz Club Cafe OTO Royal Albert Hall/Elgar Room

p21 FREE p21 FREE p21 p22 p22 p22 p23 p23 p23 p23 p23 p23 p23

Jazz For Toddlers

Rich Mix


Tue 19 November 6pm 6.30pm 7.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

EFG LJF Sessions AT Ray’s Jazz Riaan Vosloo and Tim Giles + Joe Wright and Alex Roth Christian McBride Gwilym Simcock Musicians’ Company Medallists Extravaganza Tigran Hamasyan + Elina Duni Courtney Pine - House of Legends And Monty Alexander - Harlem Kingston Express Christine Tobin - the songs of Leonard Cohen AlexANDER Hawkins Piano Trio ORPHY ROBINSON, CLEVELAND WATKISS, STEVE LAWSON Jaimeo Brown + Gogo Penguin Dave Hamblett Group + Olivia Moore’s UnFurl John Etheridge Julie Kjær 4-tet Sam Bullard’s People & Places David Lyttle – Interlude with Jean Toussaint Julian Argüelles Maggie Nicols / Denis Charolles / David Chevallier + Laura Jurd Flimflam Special 6ix + Barre Phillips and Phil Wachsmann Reuben James

8.30pm 8.45pm 10pm GET INVOLVED 10.30am & 1.30pm Adriano Adewale: Catapluf’s Musical Journey 6pm Young & Serious present - NARCISSUS

Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, Soho Forge Ronnie Scott’s St Stephen’s Rosslyn Hill St James’ Church Piccadilly Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall Barbican

p24 FREE p24 p24 p24 p24 p24 p25

Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Forge cre8 Hackney Wick XOYO Green Note Crazy Coqs Servant Jazz Quarters Amersham Arms PizzaExpress Jazz Club 606 Club Vortex

p25 p25 p25 p26 p26 p26 p26 p26 p26 p26 p26

The Others Cafe OTO 606 Club

p27 p27 p27

Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Southbank Centre/Front Room

p27 p27 FREE

Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, Soho Southbank Centre/ Front Room Ronnie Scott’s Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Milton Court Concert Hall Duke Street Church

p28 FREE p28 FREE p28 p28 p28 p29 p29

Wed 20 November 6pm 6pm 7.15pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

EFG LJF Sessions AT Ray’s Jazz Lluis MATHER Christian Scott Dianne Reeves + Zara McFarlane A Tribute to Abram Wilson Pablo HelD Way Out West

8pm 8pm 8pm 8.30pm 8pm 8pm 8pm

Vocal Jazz Summit Hidden Orchestra + Floex JJ Wheeler: Come Back StrangeR WorldService Project + Tubax + Owls Are Not What They Seem Berserk! AND InterStatic John Etheridge London Voices: Carol Grimes, Anita Wardell, Mark Jennett Jeff Williams Cleveland Watkiss The Twelveheads + Acrobat Bobby Wellins: The documentary, the gig Sam Crowe

8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm GET INVOLVED 8pm Jazz For Toddlers

Spice of Life Cargo Forge Rich Mix

p29 p29 p29 p29

XOYO Crazy Coqs St James Theatre

p30 p30 p30

Green Note PizzaExpress Jazz Club Amersham Arms 606 Club Vortex

p30 p30 p30 p30 p30



Royal Albert Hall/Café PizzaExpress Jazz Club Southbank Centre/Front Room Southbank Centre/Royal Festival Hall Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, Soho Barbican

p31 FREE p31 p31 FREE p31 p32 FREE p32

Ronnie Scott’s Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Spice of Life Forge 606 Club Club Inégales Charlton House Hundred Crows Rising artsdepot Rich Mix cre8 Hackney Wick Electric Ballroom PizzaExpress Jazz Club Crazy Coqs Green Note Harrow Arts Centre Vortex Amersham Arms Lauderdale House Hideaway Cafe OTO Mau Mau Bar Vortex

p32 p32 p32 p32 p32 p33 p33 p33 FREE p33 p33 p33 p33 p33 p34 p34 p34 p34 p34 p34 p34 p34 p34 p34 p34

Thu 21 November Midday 1pm 6pm 7.30pm 6pm 7.30pm 7.15pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 7.30pm 8pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 9.30pm Midnight

FESTIVAL ON THE MOVE: Alan Hampton Damon Brown + Yutaka Shiina Quartet LAURA JURD John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain: Remember Shakti EFG LJF Sessions AT Ray’s Jazz Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana: Mehliana + SONS OF Kemet CHRISTIAN SCOTT Gilad Atzmon Ketil Bjørnstad AND Kari Bremnes Point Collective Moss Project Soweto Kinch Trio Byron Wallen Claude Deppa & the Azanian Diaspora Ensemble Entropi and QuadraceraTops Jazz at Café Society Ballaké Sissoko DRAW2TUNES Alice Russell Slowly Rolling camera, Alexi TuOmarilA and Mopo John Etheridge Martin Speake Denys Baptiste: Now’s The Time… Let Freedom Ring! Evan Parker Draw By Four AND Pickpocket Carol Grimes Hannah Williams AND The Tastemakers Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers GW’s Broken Big Band Alexander Hawkins Curates


Festival in Full

Festival in Full


Fri 22 November Midday 1pm 6pm 7.30pm 5.30pm 6pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 9pm 9pm 9pm 9.30pm 9.45pm Midnight

FESTIVAL ON THE MOVE: VIVE Peter Johnstone EFG LJF Sessions AT Ray’s Jazz Matthew Herbert + Hello Skinny Tomorrow’s Warriors Festival on the move: Showcase Toumani DiabatÉ and Trio Da Kali BROKEBACK Gwilym Simcock’s Eurozone Geoff Gascoyne’s 50th Birthday celebration Black Saint and The Sinner Lady – Nu Civilisation Orchestra Plays Mingus + Lords of the lower frequency Chloe Charles La Chiva Gantiva Chaos Collective Jay’s Jitter Jive Hal Willner: AmaRcord Nino Rota Raymond MacDonald Tom Millar Quartet + Jam Session Sonorous: Grasscut / Eyes Of A Blue Dog / MooV Nicolas Meier Group Dominic Alldis Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers Juliet Roberts Strobes & Money Jungle Alice Zawadzki Band Samara Ian Shaw Sings Joni Mitchell Alexander Hawkins Curates

Royal Albert Hall/Café Southbank Centre/Clore Ballroom Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, Soho Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre/Front Room Barbican/FreeStage Southbank Centre/Royal Festival Hall Heath Street Baptist Church PizzaExpress Jazz Club Milton Court Concert Hall Southbank Centre/Purcell Room

p35 p35 p35 p35 p36 p36 p36 p36 p36 p36 p36

Crazy Coqs Rich Mix Spice of Life Hippodrome Barbican Club Inégales Green Note Vortex Forge Pheasantry Cafe OTO Hideaway Con Cellar Bar Polish Jazz Café POSK 606 Club Royal Albert Hall/Elgar Room Vortex

p36 p36 p36 p36 p37 p37 p37 p37 p37 p37 p37 p39 p39 p39 p39 p39 p39

National Maritime Museum Forge Southbank Centre/Clore Ballroom Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre/Clore Ballroom Southbank Centre/Royal Festival Hall Battersea Mess & Musical Hall Southbank Centre/Purcell Room

p40 FREE p40 FREE p40 FREE p40 p40 p40 p40 p41 p41 p41

Hippodrome Albany PizzaExpress Jazz Club Kings Place/Hall 2 Crazy Coqs Spice of Life Vortex

p41 p41 p42 p42 p42 p42 p42

Kings Place/Hall 1 Pheasantry Cafe OTO Hideaway

p42 p42 p42 p42


Sat 23 November 1pm 1.30pm 2pm 2pm 3pm From 4.30pm 6pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8pm 8pm 7.30pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8.30pm 8pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 9pm

Tim Whitehead: Turner and The Thames Irene Serra and Jo Caleb Jazz in the Round jazz toons: scottish national jazz orchestra Troykestra Essentially Ellington Tim Whitehead: Turner and the thames Marcus Miller + Carleen Anderson Jonathan Silk + Noise Union + Human Resource System John Hollenbeck Claudia Quintet + Royal Academy of Music Big Band Sarah-Jane Morris Sarah Gillespie Quartet Gwilym Simcock’s Eurozone Tin Men & the Telephone + obara international Chloe Charles Bad Ass Brass Philip Catherine and John Etheridge + Pascal Schumacher and Sylvain Rifflet + Igor Gehenot Trio Nik BaErtsch: ronin + Trio Red Dominic Alldis Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers Juliet Roberts

9pm 9.30pm 9.45pm Midnight GET INVOLVED 11am 2pm 3.30pm

Groove Razors Quintet Tribute to Victor Feldman Kat Edmonson Alexander Hawkins Curates

Polish Jazz Café POSK 606 Club Royal Albert Hall/Elgar Room Vortex

p42 p43 p43 p43

Airelle Besson Jazz Workshop for young players Jazz For Toddlers John Surman Masterclass

Southbank Centre/Level 5 Function Room Kings Place/St Pancras Room Southbank Centre/Level 5 Function Room

p43 p43 p43

Southbank Centre Southbank Centre/Front Room

p44 FREE p44 FREE

Barbican artsdepot Spice of Life 606 Club E17 - Orford House Hideaway Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall Forge Vortex Theatre Royal Stratford East Vortex Dysart Arms

p44 p44 p44 p44 p44 p45 p45 p45 p45 p45 p45 p45

Cadogan Hall Southbank Centre/Purcell Room Barbican Spice of Life Forge Southbank Centre/Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre/Queen Elizabeth Hall

p46 p46 p46 p46 p46 p46 p46

Wigmore Hall Charlie Wright’s Green Note Nolias 11 Pheasantry PizzaExpress Jazz Club 606 Club Vortex Hideaway Albany Cafe OTO Vortex

p47 p47 p47 p47 p47 p47 p47 p47 p47 p48 p48 p48 FREE

Southbank Centre/Level 4 Green Bar Southbank Centre/Sunley Pavillion Barbican

p48 p48 p48

Sun 24 November From Midday Midday Midday 1pm 1.30pm 1.30pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 4pm 5pm 6pm 7.30pm 7pm 7.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

21st Birthday Celebrations European Sunrise Band + Of Gauls and Gaels + Sonsale + DORS Next Generation Takes Over FESTIVAL ON THE MOVE: Alan Hampton Mike Gorman Big Band Theo Jackson Solstice/E17 Jazz Large Ensemble NYJO play the music of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Stan Tracey Quintet + John Surman And stan tracey FESTIVAL ON THE MOVE: VIVE Dan Messore’s View From The Tower FESTIVAL ON THE MOVE: Alan Hampton From Soho to Dalston: A Jazz Journey The Will Butterworth Quartet play The Nightingale and The Rose Louis and The Duke In London Bobo Rondelli and l’orchestrino Archie Shepp: Attica Blues Orchestra Rick Simpson: KLAMER Park Stickney Madeleine Peyroux Trilok Gurtu with special guest Nitin Sawnhey + Open Souls Carla Bley, Steve Swallow and Andy Sheppard Freedom Improv Session Lauren Kinsella’s Thought-Fox + Strobes Zhenya Strigalev’s Smiling Organizm Georgia Mancio and Alan Broadbent Gwilym Simcock’s Eurozone Madeline Bell Pulcinella + Hannes Riepler Quintet + Futurethno Clare Teal Arun Ghosh’s Arkestra Makara Predicate Vortex Downstairs Jam

7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8pm 8.45pm 11pm GET INVOLVED 11am & 2pm Jazz For Toddlers (two performances) 11am Chris Montague Jazz Workshop for young players 2pm Serious Big Sing Workshop with Brendan Reilly




Festival Supporters

Festival Supporters


We would like to acknowledge the following organisations:

Global private banking group EFG International has been supporting the Festival since 2008, when it came on board to create the EFG International Excellence Series: an annual programme of major concerts from some of the leading lights in jazz, now well established as a highlight of the Festival. EFG steps into the role of headline sponsor of the EFG London Jazz Festival in 2013; a fundamental role in supporting the overall Festival programme. EFG is the Private Bank for Jazz and has a worldwide relationship with the music. The EFG London Jazz Festival is the centrepiece of this commitment, and this crucial support enables the Festival to realize its artistic ambitions in this, its 21st year, and beyond.

The Festival is only possible as a result of the support of our many partners and we would like to thank the following:

In addition to the organisations listed above, we would also like to thank the following for their support of performances in the Festival.

And the following, for their Support of Serious’ work

The Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation The Garfield Weston Foundation Alexander Landia Ann Grant Sandra Pepera

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

A Centre of @Tension, conexions, Fiona Talkington for Scene Norway 2, Hampstead Arts Festival, Jazz Warriors International, Jazzlines, Kapa Productions, Kazum!, Kennedy Street, Metropolis Music, Morley College, Mwalimu Express, Nava Arts, Ponderosa Music & Arts, Rare Noise, Somethin’ Else, Soundcrash, The Local

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


EFG has been supporting the London Jazz Festival since 2008, when together they created the EFG Excellence Series – a programme of four world-class performances from some of the leading lights in jazz today, now in its sixth year. EFG is proud to become headline sponsor of the Festival in 2013, supporting the overall programme of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

EFG Private Bank Limited, Leconfield House, Curzon Street, London W1J 5JB, T + 44 20 7491 9111. EFG Private Bank Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. EFG Private Bank Limited is a member of the London Stock Exchange. Registered in England and Wales no. 2321802. Registered office as above. Member of EFG International.

EFG London Jazz Festival 2013 brochure  

'one of the best jazz festivals in the world' (The Guardian). The EFG London Jazz Festival is London's largest pan-city music festival, and...

EFG London Jazz Festival 2013 brochure  

'one of the best jazz festivals in the world' (The Guardian). The EFG London Jazz Festival is London's largest pan-city music festival, and...