The annual EFG London Jazz Festival (14 – 23 November) showcases the best of UK and international jazz at venues across the capital.
Produced by our partners Serious, the festival is committed to giving a platform to young and rising stars, and this year’s festival is no exception. Over the 10 days you can catch performances by a bumper crop of artists who’ve been supported through our own Talent Programme.
We’re particularly excited about the launch of the Engines Orchestra, led by saxophonist and composer Phil Meadows. Winner of our Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2013, Phil used the funding to record a major new suite of music – Lifecycles – which the orchestra will perform at Kings Place on Saturday 22 November.
Read Phil's blog on the Peter Whittingham Jazz award.
The Peter Whittingham Award has helped to launch many successful careers, and there are several former recipients also playing this year. Led Bib will rocking The Vortex on Saturday 22nd, while Help Musicians UK Ambassador Soweto Kinch brings his unique blend of bebop-influenced alto saxophone and incisive hip-hop lyricism to the 606 Club on Thursday 20th.
Others who’ve received developmental support from Help Musicians UK include drummer Ollie Howell, who’ll be at The Vortex with his quintet on Monday 17 November, and MOBO-nominated pianist Peter Edwards, who’ll be giving two free performances with his trio at the Southbank Centre’s Front Room on the festival’s opening night.
London’s Chaos Collective are also Help Musicians UK ‘alumni’. The Chaos Orchestra will be at the Spice of Life on Friday 21st, playing music by its members including Laura Jurd, Elliot Galvin and Alex Roth. You can also catch Chaos musicians taking over the Barbican Free Stage on Sunday 23rd, which includes a performance by the Elliot Galvin Trio, winner of this year’s European Young Artists’ Jazz Award Burghausen.
Jazz musicians have been particularly successful through our Emerging Excellence Awards recently, and many of them can be heard throughout the festival: pianist Tom Miller is in action on the opening night, with a quartet gig at Camden’s Green Note; Kim Macari brings her LOCUS sextet to the Southbank Centre on Sunday 16th, while the Forge, Camden hosts sitarist-singer and storyteller Shama Rahman on Thursday 20th. Over at King’s Place on Saturday 22nd you can catch John Escreet and James Mainwaring.
Head to Soho on Monday 17th and you can choose between trombonist Tom Green at the Spice of Life, and Moonlight Saving Time, led by vocalist Emily Wright, who will be playing just around the corner at the Pizza Express Jazz Club.
Finally, a special mention to Help Musicians UK partner, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, who will be in action on Wednesday 19 November, in a unique collaboration with their German counterpart BuJazzO, at the Purcell Room.
We can’t wait to hear some great jazz, both familiar and new.
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