Serious, the producer of the EFG London Jazz Festival, is delighted to announce the first wave of concerts in this year’s Festival, giving a snapshot of the variety on offer; with many more outstanding acts, commissions, and an expansive learning and participation programme still to be announced.
Within these first shows announced the Festival’s reputation as a true innovator - bringing the best and the freshest music to the capital, is further cemented.
FRIDAY 4 - SUNDAY 6 JULY
GLYNDE PLACE near BRIGHTON
Exciting times for the Love Supreme camp as they announce the first wave of artists who will be flocking to the green fields of Glynde Place to play round two of a summer Festival that has been dubbed the ‘British Jazz World’s Glastonbury’.
Bringing together household names, jazz stars, the 'Best of British' and acts you can party the night away to, here's the list of whom you can expect to see so far across the weekend:
Jamie Cullum | Laura Mvula | Gregory Porter | Soul II Soul | Dave Holland's Prism | Christian McBride Trio | Snarky Puppy | Curtis Stigers | Courtney Pine | Alice Russell | Jose James | Derrick Hodge | Hidden Orchestra | Polar Bear | The Computers | Cecilia Stalin | Chloe Charles | Laura Jurd | Ollie Howell Quintet | Jazz FM’s Funky Sensation
Tickets are available from lovesupremefestival.com and start at £110 + bkg for the weekend or £55 + bkg for the day. Family & VIP ticket packages are also available.
Pat Metheny Unity Group‘s new album Kin (←→) is out now!
Pat Metheny Unity Group's new album Kin (←→) is out now! Here's what the critics are saying:
‘These pieces are closer to the romantically inclined, soaring melodicism of the Pat Metheny Group, yet retaining the energy of the Unity Band. It’s a craft duality that makes for this album’s appeal from an artist whose musical curiosity remains undiminished as he approaches his 60th birthday.’ (**** Jazzwise)
‘The album takes guitar-led improvisation to new aesthetic, Metheny’s eloquent guitar etching a kaleidoscope of sonic hues.’ (**** MOJO)
‘For guitarists every new Pat Metheny album is a major event, but the shock-haired American has outdone himself with this one.’ (**** London Evening Standard)
‘The arrangements and recording are immaculate. In modern jazz terms, a masterclass.’ (**** Q Magazine)
‘By adding Guilio Carmassi to his current quartet, Metheny has brought lush colour to a band that gloried in tight, telepathic interplay. For latecomers to Metheny’s wide oeuvre, the Unity Group is a great place to start.’ (**** BBC Music Magazine)
‘A set of twist-and-turn, genre-crossing sagas themed on notions of kin.’ (**** Financial Times)
‘Astonishing. Another envelope-pushing opus from a pathfinding musician whose talent doesn’t recognize boundaries.’ (**** Record Collector Magazine)
Tuesday 20 May | Norfolk & Norwich Festival*
Friday 23 May | BRISTOL Colston Hall
Tuesday 27 May | GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead
Wednesday 28 May | MANCHESTER RNCM
Thursday 29 May | LONDON Union Chapel
Friday 30 May | BELFAST Crescent Arts Centre Saturday 31 May | BIRMINGHAM Town Hall
We're excited to announce that tickets for Phronesis' upcoming UK tour will go on sale on Friday. They'll play London's iconic Union Chapel on Thursday 29 May amongst other national dates in support of their forthcoming album Life To Everything - the stunning live recording bought to life in last years EFG London Jazz Festival. The Telegraph have hailed the trio ‘the most electrifying experience to be had in British jazz’, so be sure to book tickets fast.
*This date goes on sale on Wednesday 5 March as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
An ECM Records double-bill of jazz guitar masters
EGBERTO GISMONTI + RALPH TOWNER
Thursday 27 February, 7.30pm
£17.50 - £25 + bkg from barbican.org.uk
Virtuoso pianist and guitarist, and a seminal figure in contemporary Brazilian culture, Egberto Gismonti is the composer of an extraordinary body of music, reflected in a long association with ECM Records. His charismatic solo performances meld uplifting, exuberant rhythms with heart-stopping melody.
'A tour de force' **** (The Guardian)
One of the most distinctive guitarists in contemporary jazz, Ralph Towner plays the opening set. A creature of texture and lyrical sophistication, Towner is a master of delicately poised atmosphere – sensuous and lyrical balanced by a muscular rhythmic tension. His most recent ECM album is Travel Guide with fellow guitarists Wolfgang Muthspiel and Slava Grigoryan. He’s worked with luminaries such as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, and is a founder member of the charismatic world jazz quartet Oregon; but his solo performances carry an evocative quality rare in today’s music.
'The absolute master of establishing a particular mood or atmosphere with a mere gesture…..in his hands, the guitar acts like a prism, dispersing a myriad of timbres and endless inflections.' (Jazzwise)