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Second wave of concerts announced

Second wave of EFG London Jazz Festival concerts announced

Continuing the theme of showcasing jazz vocalists, we are delighted to announce Melody Gardot at the Royal Festival Hall – this being the third show in the much-lauded EFG Excellence Series. Rising star Cécile McLorin Salvant takes to the Cadogan Hall stage with her latest album, and Juliet Kelly will lead three performances of our Family Jazz All-Stars, at artsdepot and Cadogan Hall.

Away from the concert-halls we see innovative music at its best, and the introduction of new venues to the Festival – seeing Hidden Orchestra’s avant-garde audiovisual show at St. John-at-Hackney, and Maceo Parker playing his definitive funk-sax at Under the Bridge

We see novel pairings, with Manu Katché joining Ibrahim Maalouf, and a tribute to the everlasting compositions of Billy Strayhorn with David McAlmont and Allan Harris. 

Shows already on sale include Kurt Elling (as part of the EFG Excellence Series), Cassandra Wilson, Nik Bärtsch, Sons of Kemet, James Farm (feat. Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland), Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Jarrod Lawson, and Average White Band & Kokomo.

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Vote for Jazz FM Awards

Have your say and vote for your favourites in the 2015 Jazz FM Awards!

The 2015 Jazz FM Awards, produced by Serious, return on Wednesday 10 June to celebrate the wealth of talent dominating the jazz scene over the last 12 months and you can decide who walks away with an accolade. There are three Audience Vote Awards with the nominees for; Live Experience of the Year, UK Jazz Act of the Year and Album of the Year revealed today.

The Live Experience of the Year will see the UK’s biggest jazz events go head to head with their most memorable performances of the past year, with Loose Tubes at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, EFG Excellence Series concert Blue Note 75 at EFG London Jazz Festival and Jamie Cullum at Love Supreme Jazz Festival all in the running.

The second award with an audience vote is the UK Jazz Act of the Year sponsored by Yamaha with nominees being jazz-meets-electronica rising stars, GoGo Penguin, unique jazz/Caribbean/African-take band, Sons of Kemet and drummer/composer Sebastian Rochford’s Polar Bear.

The Album of the Year category is wide open with six albums nominated for the Audience vote;

Ambrose Akinmusire - The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint
D'Angelo - Black Messiah
Dianne Reeves - Beautiful Life
Chris Potter Underground Orchestra - Imaginary Cities
Polar Bear - In Each and Every One
Troyka Ornithophobia

Get involved and see your favourite artist or band honoured at this prestigious event by visiting the Jazz FM Awards website to place your vote and listen in to Jazz FM to hear the latest news and insight as momentum for the awards gathers pace. Voting closes on Wednesday 10 May.

There are 11 awards in total to honour musicians and performers that have made exceptional contributions to the Jazz, Blues and Soul music scenes, with renowned South African musician and Serious Trust patron, Hugh Masekela receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a fitting and timely reward for this musician whose talent, charisma and career longevity has inspired and motivated a generation of South African artists. Don't miss the opportunity to see Hugh live in London, tickets are still available to see him perform alongside pianist Larry Willis, at the Barbican on Monday 8 June.

Additional awards to be given out on the night include Breakthrough Act, Instrumentalist of the Year, Jazz Innovation of the Year, International Jazz Artist of the Year, Blues Artist of the Year, Soul Artist of the Year (sponsored by Conrad London St. James Hotel) and Vocalist of the Year.

The Jazz FM Awards 2015 is a partnership between Jazz FM and Serious and is made possible with the support of Yamaha, Aberdeen Asset Management, Taylor’s Port, Mishcon De Reya, Arqiva, CityJet, Audemus Gin and Vinopolis.

EFG London Jazz Festival – First shows announced

We're delighted to announce the first wave of EFG London Festival shows - offering an early glimpse of what will be a strong and exciting programme over ten days with many more outstanding acts still to reveal. 

The first artists include Kurt Elling​, Cassandra Wilson​, Britten Sinfonia​ with Eddie Gomez​, Béla Fleck​ and Abigail Washburn​, Nik Bärtsch​, Sons of Kemet​, James Farm​ (feat Joshua Redman​, Aaron Parks​, Matt Penman and Eric Harland​), Maria Schneider​ Orchestra, Jazz Repertory Company​ presents Paul Whiteman​, Jarrod Lawson​, Average White Band​ & Kokomoand opening gala Jazz Voice

Tickets on sale 10am tomorrow from

Snarky Puppy - The UK Tour

After storming the EFG London Jazz Festival and selling out the Roundhouse, we're delighted to announce that Snarky Puppy return to London on Tuesday 6 October.

Featuring music from their last album We Like It Here along with new material from their forthcoming album Empire Central, expect raw funk, lyrical melodies and lush harmonies with the trademark energy, virtuosity and sheer musicianship of a live Snarky Puppy show.

Tickets for Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on sale 10am tomorrow from

The Hot Sardines

Take a blustery brass front line, add salty stride piano in the timeless image of Fats Waller and a frontwoman with the attitude and style of a 30s cabaret diva and you have The Hot Sardines in a seashell. And that’s not to mention the tap dancer!

The Sardine sound is steeped in hot jazz, gypsy swing – a slice of between-the-wars Paris via New Orleans. They’re sure to take the world by storm over the next few years – their debut album was just named in the iTunes ‘Best of Year’ list.

London learned about their star quality at the EFG London Jazz Festival. Their two sold-out shows were flashy, fun and had the audience quite literally dancing in the aisles. The rest of the UK got a glimpse of the magic when they performed on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show and now they’re back for a UK tour in May to bring New York hot jazz and swing to halls all over the country. 

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