Along with the Barbican and the Southbank, the world’s greatest jazz musicians will storm the Cadogan Hall, King’s Place and a whole host of smaller spaces. This year promises to be really special as the EFG celebrates 25 years of bringing jazz to the London masses.
From the classic to the experimental, all kinds of jazz will reverberate around the capital from 10th to 19th November. The line-up includes a wealth of international legends as well as emerging British stars and outstanding collaborations.
The Average White Band, best-known for 'Pick Up The Pieces' and their self-named album, will be rocking up to the Royal Festival Hall with powerhouse vocals from rising-star trio LaShar Vu. More fresh talent comes in the form of young trailblazers the Ezra Collective who will be joined by Kokoroko, a group which boasts a (rare) all-female horn section.
Herbie Hancock, the godfather of post-bop who rose to fame with the Miles Davis Quintet, will be bringing his distinctive jams to the city, as will South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim who forged his innovative and uplifting arrangements under apartheid.
In addition, this year the festival pays tribute to Basquiat in a night of musical interpretations of his radical art, currently being displayed at a five-star Barbican exhibition.
The equally groundbreaking pianist Thelonious Monk, who would be 100 this year, is also being honoured in a trio of concerts, one of which is a complete recreation of his legendary 1959 Town Hall gig.
Other highlights include the irresistible, Italian born Paolo Conte, whose songs are a carnival of sound, and the impossibly versatile Zara MacFarlane – who just happens to be the festival's director.
Don't miss out on what is unquestionably London's hottest jazz circuit.
|What||EFG London Jazz Festival|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
10 Nov 17 – 19 Nov 17, 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM
|Price||£ prices vary|
|Website||Click here to find tickets|