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Calling all budding writers

Calling all new and aspiring jazz writers! The Write Stuff returns to the EFG London Jazz Festival in November with a new series of brilliant workshops and mentoring sessions. Founded and organised by Jazzwise and Serious, the new writers initiative gives budding music writers a free opportunity to work with professional journalists to improve their writing skills and develop an understanding of music criticism and the music press, as well as getting to see a bunch of concerts!

Sessions will include feature writing and live reviews with Kevin Le Gendre, an insight into the history and development of the UK jazz and music press with Jon Newey and online journalism with Mike Flynn, as well as input from other writers and jazz industry figures.

Previous participants have gone on to be published in The Guardian, The Wire and Jazzwise as well as work within the wider jazz and broadcasting industry. This year’s new writers will have their work posted on both the Jazzwise and EFG London Jazz Festival websites and one review considered to be of particular merit will be published in a subsequent edition of Jazzwise.

To apply for a place this year, submit a 300-word review of a recent gig together with a CV to with ‘The Write Stuff 2015’ in the subject line. Deadlines for submissions is Monday 28 September 2015. 

Applicants must be 18 years old or over and be available in London on:
Friday 13 November (evening)
Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 November
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 November 

Jacob Collier UK concert hall debut

‘I have never in my life seen a talent like this.’ (Quincy Jones)

At this point in time there are two types of music-lovers in the world: those who know the name Jacob Collier and those who are about to.

In the first group are people like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock who asked Jacob to open their show at Montreux Jazz Festival. Combine that with over 4 million YouTube views of his spectacular arrangements and a sold-out debut of his mesmerising show at Ronnie Scott’s earlier this year and you begin to scratch the surface of this most singular talent.

Jacob will be appearing at the Festival on Friday 20 November in the fourth show of the EFG Excellence Series along with Terence Blanchard — an eclectic contemporary artist who’s made the crossover to the major league with work on Spike Lee movies. Opening the show, Jacob combines multi-instrumental wizardry with a live looping video relay quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It will be spectacular, it will be inspiring and it will put ‘a massive grin on your face’ (Jazzwise).

If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, check out his arrangement of Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing. If you think that’s good, just wait until you see him doing it all live at the Barbican.

‘The arrival of jazz music’s new messiah’ (***** The Guardian)
'A star has risen' (Jamie Cullum)

Part of the EFG Excellence Series.


EFG London Jazz Festival at the Barbican

Our friends at the Barbican are giving you a taste of what to expect from this year's festival with an incredible EFG London Jazz Festival playlist. 

Featuring the likes of GoGo Penguin, Langston Hughes, Ibrahim Maalouf and more, there's a heady mix of sounds that's sure to get you counting down the days until November. 

Click here to listen.

RIP John Taylor

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.  

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.    

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. 

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.