It was with sadness that we learnt of the untimely passing of pianist and composer John Taylor. One of a golden generation of British artists who made their initial mark during the 60s and went on to create a substantial international impact, he was also a continuing inspiration to successive generations of players – and was indeed scheduled to play as a guest soloist with ensembles of young and emerging talent during this November’s EFG London Jazz Festival.
He will be much missed throughout the jazz world, for his lyrically gifted and free-flowing piano stylings, his inventive writing, and for his teaching and mentoring skills.
Kamasi, Ice-T and Jamie Cullum
Excited to announce Kamasi Washington, Ice-T and Jamie Cullum for this year's EFG London Jazz Festival.
GILLES PETERSON PRESENTS KAMASI WASHINGTON, GOGO PENGUIN, LYNNE PAGE New Jazz, New Dance
Saturday 14 November | LONDON Barbican
BBC 6 Music DJ Gilles Peterson presents the future of jazz, with a double bill of artists that will take apart your preconceptions of what jazz even means. Click here to find out more and book from 10am tomorrow.
CALL TO CREATE PRESENTS ON MASS WITH JAMIE CULLUM
Sunday 15 November 2015 | LONDON Roundhouse
Jamie Cullum has called upon young artists from around the world to respond to an original musical passage, which will culminate in a huge performance as part of the Festival. Click here to find out more and book tickets.
ICE-T AND RON McCURDY – THE LANGSTON HUGHES PROJECT ASK YOUR MAMA; 12 MOODS FOR JAZZ
Saturday 21 November, 3pm & 7.30pm | LONDON Barbican
Rapper and actor Ice-T joins musical director/trumpeter Ron McCurdy in a brilliant realisation of Langston Hughes’ creative masterpiece — a seminal figure in African-American cultural history interpreted by a 21st century counterpart. Click here to find out more and book from 10am tomorrow.
More Festival shows announced
As summer heats up, it’s fitting that we’re announcing the pyrotechnic swing and incendiary rock of fire-cracker Japanese pianist Hiromi — she’ll be in town to challenge and defy expectations of the piano trio.
Miroslav Vitouš — founding member and bassist for Weather Report — makes his long-awaited return to London with the award-winning pianist and composer Emil Viklický.
At Wigmore Hall, there’s a very rare opportunity to experience a solo bass performance by one of the outstanding improvisers on the planet, Dave Holland.
After last year’s sold-out performances in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, we’re back with Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman’s beautiful collaboration for bass clarinet and piano. Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez also appears in the candlelit indoor space.
Cecil Sharp House plays host to Adriano Adewale’s new large scale work for massed voices and percussion, Within The Waves. The performance will feature Cecil Sharp House Choir and Werca’s Folk from Northumberland.
Shows already on sale include Kurt Elling (as part of the EFG Excellence Series), Cécile McLorin Salvant, Cassandra Wilson, Maceo Parker, Nik Bärtsch, Melody Gardot (as part of the EFG Excellence Series), Manu Katché & Ibrahim Maalouf, James Farm (feat. Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland), Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, David Virelles, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Andy Sheppard, Average White Band & Kokomo, Jarrod Lawson, Terence Blanchard, Phronesis, Marcin Wasilewski Trio, and many more.
In this third wave of artists, we’re delighted to announce what will be a true Festival highlight; the highly-influential trumpeter Terence Blanchard, playing music from his new Blue Note album with his E-Collective band in a landmark Barbican concert.
Phronesis celebrate their tenth birthday by playing with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band at Barbican/Milton Court. New arrangements of Phronesis material have been scored by Julian Argüelles for this stunning combination.
Arild Andersenmarks his 70th birthday with a Kings Place concert by his new sextet, and there’s a wealth of European talent announced this week, including remarkable tuba virtuoso Daniel Herskedal, also at Kings Place. From France we welcome bassist Stéphane Kerecki, Albanian singerElina Duniplays with Colin Vallon at Kings Place and the Marcin Wasilewski Trio are at Barbican/Milton Court – both flying the flag for ECM Records.
Singer Emilia Mårtensson performs at Wigmore Hall alongside percussionist Adriano Adewale and accordionist Janez Dovč for a journey to some amazing places created entirely by the power of words, music and your imagination.
Finally, we are proud to present the first British performance at Barbican/Milton Court of A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America, Julia Hülsmann’s much-lauded ECM collaboration with vocalist Theo Bleckmann on the songs of Kurt Weill.