From 11 – 20 November 2016, over 2,000 of the greatest jazz musicians on the scene will flock to London, bringing the best and freshest music to EFG London Jazz Festival.
With nearly 300 gigs at over 50 venues taking place across the city over 10 days, the London Jazz Festival’s wide-ranging programme of concerts, commissions and club events also includes talks, film screenings and an expansive learning and participation programme.
Get a flavour of the incredibly diverse programme of Festival events with our five picks of the festival:
Jazz Voice – Festival opening gala
Ten days of outstanding jazz launches at the EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening-night gala on Friday 11 November at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
With a list of past guests stretching from Boy George and Paloma Faith to Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling, this year promises another spectacular array of singers. Backing will be provided by the 42 piece EFG London Jazz Festival orchestra, playing Guy Barker’s arrangements that continue to thrill and surprise.
‘It would be difficult to imagine a more impressive curtain-raiser to the EFG London Jazz Festival than Jazz Voice’
The Arts Desk
Miles Ahead with Soweto Kinch
Head to the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 14 November for very special screening of Don Cheadle’s acclaimed biopic of legendary trumpeter Miles Davis, Miles Ahead.
Starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor, the highly acclaimed Miles Ahead uses a freewheeling and experimental approach to follow Davis between the late 1950s and the mid-1970s, bringing together real and imagined elements.
The evening will be hosted by Miles-ophile and award-winning jazz and hip hop star Soweto Kinch, who will lead an expert discussion about Miles Davis after the screening.
Norma Winstone: A Celebration
Celebrate jazz icon Norma Winstone’s 75th birthday year with a special concert at Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 16 November.
Norma Winstone has been at the forefront of the jazz scene since the 1960s and her contribution as singer and lyricist to the art of jazz and improvised musics has been immeasurable.
In the year of her 75th birthday, Norma Winstone comes to the London Jazz Festival with her Grammy-nominated, Academie du Jazz Prize-winning trio – saxophonist Klaus Gesing and pianist Glauco Venier, and a set that features a specially-formed big band and orchestra from the Royal Academy of Music.
BBC Concert Orchestra with Francesco Tristano
Francesco Tristano’s first composition for large orchestra since 1997, Island Nation will get classical audience in the weekend spirit at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 19 November.
Causing as much of a stir in the club scene as in classical concert halls, experimental pianist and composer Tristano is a committed disregarder of limits and rigid practices in music. This concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra features his largely improvised piano concerto Island Nation, which had its premiere was streamed by Boiler Room earlier this year.
Bill Laurance Project
Finish the Festival at Shoreditch Town Hall on Sunday 20 November as Bill Lawrance presents Aftersun.
Grammy Award winner and original member of the internationally acclaimed Snarky Puppy, Bill Lawrance returns to the London Jazz Festival alongside Richard Spaven (drums), Chris Hyson (bass) and Felix Higginbottom (percussion).
With flavours of dance music and African percussion, Laurance’s new album Aftersun is a mind-bending musical tribute to space exploration and life in the cosmos which combines deep world grooves with Laurance’s signature genre-bending exploration.
‘Aftersun burns from beginning to end – Laurance is at the peak of his sonic powers…’