Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year!
The Serious Team
How was your jazz?
Firstly we'd like to thank you for coming to the EFG London Jazz Festival and secondly we’d like to hear your thoughts via this short survey.
We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, whether you attended events, have since listened to any of the festival broadcasts on various radio stations, or followed media coverage. We’d love to hear what you thought about the festival — what you listened to, what you enjoyed and if there’s anything that would help us to improve the festival next year.
As a thank you for completing the short survey, which should take less than 10 minutes, your entry will be placed into a draw for the chance to win a pair of tickets to a Serious concert of your choice in 2016.
Surveys must be completed by 5pm on Monday 7 December, and the lucky winner will be notified by Wednesday 9 December.
2015 EFG London Jazz Festival - So Many Highlights
The house lights have gone up for the final time on the EFG London Jazz Festival, and it was truly spectacular!
We drenched the city in jazz - over 2,000+ artists playing 300+ gigs in 50+ venues all in 1 city.
Performances ranged from the swagger of our opening night gala, Jazz Voice, with its 42 piece orchestra and clutch of pop stars and jazz legends, from Foxes and Rebecca Ferguson to Elaine Delmar and Joe Stilgoe all in a packed-out Barbican Centre, through to the poignant re-imagining of the works of Kenny Wheeler in an exceptional tribute concert and the magnificent solo performance from Keith Jarrett in the sold-out Royal Festival Hall.
We saw ambitious new projects land in the UK for the first time, such as the superb Ice-T and Ron McCurdy: The Langston Hughes Project - presenting and adapting the work of the great afro-american jazz poet.
Let’s not forget the epic secret gig (arranged in less than 24 hours), for man-of-the-moment Kamasi Washington, following his sold-out show, and we also saw three South African jazz giants, Sibongile Khumalo, Thandiswa Mazwai and Gloria Bosman harmonising the roof off the Cadogan Hall.
A huge thank you to all our performers, supporters, audiences and sponsors who have made all of this their jazz.
We would like to apologise for the delay in Cassandra Wilson’s performance at Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 15 November. We understand how frustrating this was for members of the audience.
We faced real difficulties in being able to confirm accurate information to the audience about the situation regarding Cassandra's delayed appearance.
She and her band arrived in London on Saturday 14 November. The band had been present at the Southbank Centre from 3pm on the day, with Cassandra herself due to arrive from her nearby hotel at 4pm to soundcheck, in good time to prepare for the performance. However, Cassandra repeatedly delayed leaving her hotel without Serious or Southbank Centre being told when, or if, she was willing to go onstage. Aware that the audience were growing increasingly unhappy, her band left the Southbank Centre to go to her hotel where they finally managed to persuade Cassandra to leave her room and perform the concert.
We apologise that we were unable to inform the audience more promptly, as it was unclear how the situation would develop, and we did not wish to give misleading information. The show started at 9.45pm and she played a set of just over an hour. Customers have been contacted by the venue to offer refunds.
Cassandra Wilson was paid in full by Serious, less a 20% deduction for her UK tax liability, which was laid out in the contract created by her agent, and signed by Cassandra Wilson personally. 50 % of her fee was paid one month in advance of the concert, with the balance less the above-mentioned tax deduction paid in the week before the concert. Supporting documentation was given to her business manager, so the claim by Cassandra Wilson that she has not been paid is not true.
Cassandra Wilson gave us no clear reason for the long delay in coming to the venue and taking the stage and made no claim of illness until she walked on stage. Serious has not only paid the artist and covered all her agreed costs, but also covered all the costs of the concert and offered ticket refunds on the night to everyone who attended the concert. Serious believes that this was the right and responsible thing to do, although it is at considerable financial cost to us.
Serious first presented Cassandra Wilson in 1990, when she played in the Camden Jazz Festival, and we have valued our working relationship ever since, producing many of her major concerts in London. We pride ourselves on looking after artists with warmth and professionalism, and this is the first time in many years of producing Festivals, concerts and tours that we have encountered a set of circumstances as unfortunate as these.
CLUB TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE
Many festival shows have already sold out (see list below) but there are still lots tickets available across the festival. Here are some of the shows that have been recommended by venues across the festival.
FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER
The Fresh Dixie Project | Bull’s Head Barnes
SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER
Folie A Deux | Albany
Pete Churchill | Rabbit Hole
SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER
Mosaic | Omnibus
Partikel’s String Theory Quartet|Bull’s Head Barnes
Samuel Blaser | Club Inégales
TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER
Nathaniel Facey & Shane Forbes / Corey Mwamba & Robert Mitchell | Green Note
WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER
James Pearson and WordTheatre | St James Theatre
Jazz Rants | Club Inégales
THURSDAY 19 NOVEMBER
Adriano Adewale - Within The Waves | Cecil Sharp House
Jaak Sooäär & Raymond MacDonald | Club Inégales
FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER
London Tribes: Cubafrobeat | Forge
SATURDAY 21 NOVEMBER
Ariacne Trujillo Trio | Forge
Christophe Fellay with Notes Inégales
Natalie Williams with strings + special guests | Shoreditch Town Hall
Spirit Spout with Simon Jermyn | Club Inégales
Tom Harrison | Spice of Life
SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER
The Jazz Repertory Company presents Paul Whiteman: The King of Jazz | Cadogan Hall
Browse the full guide click here.
Look at what’s on offer in the free programme click here.