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David Redfern

We were all saddened to hear that David Redfern has lost a long battle with cancer. One of the most talented music photographers of the past fifty years, his images of artists from many different styles and backgrounds captured the essence of the music he loved — whether in full performing flight, or in more contemplative moments, he seemed to possess an intuitive visual insight into the creative process. He was the most courteous and delightful of men, a consummate professional — it was always a complete pleasure to see him at a soundcheck or a concert, going about his art unobtrusively and thoughtfully — his quietly cheerful presence will be deeply missed. As will the results, which were invariably of the very highest quality.

We’re very proud to have worked with David and his protégé Edu Hawkins to mount a joint exhibition of their work at last year’s EFG London Jazz Festival — David holding the fort for hours at a time, talking individually with members of the audience and, in panel sessions with Edu, illuminating the alchemical process that connects music to photography. The exhibition itself served as a timely reminder that David was responsible for many of the iconic images of jazz and popular music over the past decades.

As a taste of the sheer quality of David’s photographs, Amy Pearce and John Cumming have chosen a few personal favourites. For John, it’s the thoughtful shot of pianist Bill Evans, and an image of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in rehearsal that somehow defines the creative dynamic between two jazz masters. For Amy, it’s Ben Webster and Miles Davis. And if you want an action shot of a guitar hero, look no further than Jimi Hendrix.

Zara McFarlane wins MOBO Award

Our fondest congratulations to Zara McFarlane who has won Best Jazz Act at the 2014 MOBO Awards. She plays Rich Mix on Friday 21 November, as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Pianist Peter Edwards (who also plays in Zara’s band) was also nominated in this category. He plays a series of gigs at the Festival including opening for Kris Bowers at XOYO on Wednesday 19 November when he’ll premier his new commission (sponsored by Black Eyewear).


Robert Mitchell – Invocation

'There was a conceptual richness to Invocation that would be beyond even the most creative of beings and if the immense intricacy of the composing was commendable then so too was the real soulfulness, the humanity, at its core. The piece will be performed again at the EFG London Jazz Festival and could well be a highlight of the ten-day celebration' (Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise)

To read the full Jazzwise review click here.
For details of Robert's Festival show in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and to book tickets click here.  

RIP Kenny Wheeler

We were all very sad to hear about Kenny Wheeler's death yesterday.

Many of us at Serious treasure memories of Kenny Wheeler’s gorgeous trumpet and
flugelhorn sound and his distinctive compositions. His quintet performance at last year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, preceded by an equally memorable big band performance at the 2012 Festival, reminded us all that Kenny – for all his gentle modesty – was a massively valued and influential cornerstone of contemporary jazz.

Calling all music and event lovers!

We are seeking 20 on the ball volunteers with an appetite for organisation to work with us on the delivery of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival. We are London’s biggest city-wide music festival and bring together established stars and emerging talent, reflecting the traditions of jazz and illustrating its breadth and depth. Our programme is made up of premieres, commissions, one-off collaborations, talks, family events, workshops and a programme of fantastic free events.  

This year there are over 250 events in over 50 venues taking the Festival to venues right across London from Friday 14 – Sunday 23 November 2014.

The role: 
We ask volunteers be available for as much of the festival as possible with a minimum commitment of 4 full days. 

Within this time there are opportunities to volunteer in these three separate areas of the Festival:

Communications – For 2 volunteers to assist the communications team with the Festival information stands, guest lists and press liaison. Must be available during the evenings through the festival.

Development – For 2 volunteers to support the development team in delivering sponsor and supporter receptions, and branding across the Festival.

Production – To assist the production team with backstage catering and artist liaison, airport meet and greets, as well as general running and logistics support. 
If you have great face-to-face and verbal communications skills, enjoy being in a busy creative environment and would like to volunteer please email Holly Goodfellow and Bryony Standrig on with a CV and short covering letter illustrating:

  • Why you would like to volunteer
  • What skills you could bring to the Festival
  • Which days within the Festival you would be available to work
  • Which, if any, specific area of work you are interested in

Deadline for applications: 12pm midday on Friday 19 September
Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday 26 September
Interviews: Wednesday 8 October
Applications are welcome from those who can demonstrate a significant reason why they would be unable to interview on Wednesday 8 October.
Volunteer briefing: Sunday 2 November
EFG London Jazz Festival 2014: Friday 14 – Sunday 23 November 

Serious is committed to equal opportunities in recruitment and employment, and embraces diversity of all kinds. Appointments are made on merit. We will be able to reimburse the cost of a travelcard and a reasonable evening meal.