Full line-up revealed including details of the festivals programming five strands: Icons, Homegrown, Beyond Margins, Voices, New Creations, Global Roots and Jazz Visionaries
Excitement is building for the biggest celebration of jazz the capital has ever seen; EFG London Jazz Festival‘s 30th birthday takes place from 11-20 November and today sees the conclusion of its main programme announcements. To mark this, the festival has shared a short film documenting its 30 years which you can watch here. EFG London Jazz Festival will take over iconic London venues including the Barbican and Southbank Centre, and numerous jazz clubs and independent venues from Cafe Oto to King’s Place. The prestigious festival boasts a lineup that explores every corner of the jazz world with a uniquely ambitious scope ranging from established icons of jazz like Abdullah Ibrahim to new visionaries such as Alabaster DePlume.
The first weekend will see the iconic Generations of Chicago Weekend at the Barbican, featuring the return of the legendary CHICAGOxLONDON featuring artists from the International Anthem roster, Chicago free improv legend Henry Threadgill making his first London appearance in over a decade alongside Anthony Braxton, and a series of free performances curated with Hackney music hub Total Refreshment Centre. These events are part of the Beyond Margins strand, illuminating adventurous artists constantly pushing boundaries of jazz and expanding the definition of the genre, drawing influences from other idioms and providing a truly unique audience experience. This strand also includes the likes of Hidden Orchestra,Matana Roberts, a night celebrating Shabaka Hutchings’ new label Native Rebel Recordings and the phenomenal line up including Bonobo, Mafalda, Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin, Tenderlonious & Lorenzo Morresi and Zakia at Printworks in collaboration with Hydra
EFG London Jazz Festival will also host an array of shows under its Homegrown strand, showcasing the inspirational, hottest emerging and leading established talents from the UK scene. This includes shows from Rosie Frater Taylor, Mark Kavuma’s Banger Factory, Binker Golding, Jas Kayser, Yahael Camara Onono, Camilla George and Xhosa Cole
The Icons strand boasts major international names coming to live London stages like Jan Garbarek, Ron Carter, and Dave Holland’s Aziza while the New Creations will highlight collaborations, special commissions and unique projects like Turkish Psychedelic blast Air Anatolia, a tribute to legendary trumpeter Don Cherry with Kahil El’zabar, Dwight Trible, David Ornette Cherry, Ana Ruiz and the members of Cherry family, Emma-Jean Thackray’s It’s a UK Thing celebrating and reimagining UK dance musicand BBC Concert Orchestra’s Tomasz Stańko celebration bringing Marcin Wasilewski and trumpeter Avishai Cohen together on stage.