The Wicked Sound concert selection EFG London Jazz Festival 2021
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The Wicked Sound’s The EFG London Jazz Festival 2021 concerts selection

The Wicked Sound’s The EFG London Jazz Festival 2021 concerts selection:


Now in its 29th year, the 2021 The EFG London Jazz Festival returns to live audiences with an electrifying line up, ranging from global stars, special collaborations and new commissions to finest and freshest music from the UK. 

A pioneer in the UK music scene, the Festival promises another momentous 10-day run of forward-looking programme featuring world-class artists and emerging stars, bringing in a mixture of jazz, cutting-edge sounds, global music, and an eclectic selection of other genres which take inspiration from jazz and improvisational music.

The aims of today’s Festival still remain the same as in the beginning; celebrating the breadth of jazz, presenting a mix of new work from international and British artists and a commitment to education activity, in a city which is at ease with its rich cultural diversity.

The Festival collaborates actively with a multitude of venues and producers across London who present the music, week in, week out, throughout the year, and creates a moment for putting jazz in the spotlight for the 10 days of the festival.


Here is our selection of London Jazz Festival concerts worth seeing this year:


FRIDAY 12 Nov 2021 :


Jazz Voice 2021 (Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Aynur, Ego Ella May, Georgia Cécile, Lakecia Benjamin) / LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall

Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: 'Let My People Go' + Shirley Tetteh / LONDON Barbican

Daniel Casimir / LONDON Southbank Centre / Purcell Room

All Star Impro Lineup with Emre Ramazanoglu, Idris Rahman, Rob Lewis, Lewis Wright, Ruth Goller / LONDON Cockpit

The best of Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby - AlinaHipHarp Quartet with Vimala Rowe / LONDON Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

New Regency Orchestra / LONDON EartH (Theatre)

Giacomo Smith / LONDON The Parlour at The Ned

Black Midi + Moor Mother / LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Foyer

Emma Rawicz / LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club

Colin Curtis / LONDON Spiritland King's Cross



SATURDAY 13 Nov 2021:


Tony Allen: A Retrospective / LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall

Irreversible Entanglements / LONDON Kings Place (Hall One)

Eddie Henderson Quartet / LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club

Christian Sands / LONDON Ronnie Scott’s

Lakecia Benjamin + Alina Bzhezhinska / LONDON Cadogan Hall

Cherise Adams-Burnett / LONDON Ninety One Living Room

PYJÆN / LONDON The Jago Dalston



SUNDAY 14 Nov 2021:


Sarathy Korwar & special guests + Abel Selaocoe / LONDON EartH (Theatre)

Dave Holland and John Scofield / LONDON Cadogan Hall

Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey / LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall

Greg Foat + Kassa Overall / LONDON Colour Factory

Rebecca Vasmant  / LONDON Spiritland King's Cross

David Mrakpor & Nick Costley White + Glasshopper / LONDON Green Note

Tineke Postma - Freya Group / LONDON Vortex Jazz Club



MONDAY 15 Nov 2021:


Black Monument Ensemble + Angel Bat Dawid / LONDON EartH (Theatre)

Chick Corea's The Vigil Songbook with Tim Garland, Jason Rebello & friends / LONDON Kings Place (Hall One)

Shai Maestro + Ranjana Ghatak  / LONDON Cadogan Hall

Yohan Kebede presents: A Night Of Art Blakey / LONDON Brilliant Corners

Hailu Mergia / LONDON Jazz Cafe

Ivo Neame Septet / LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club



TUESDAY 16 Nov 2021:


Avishai Cohen Trio + Nikki Yeoh’s Café Oran / LONDON Barbican

Myele Manzanza / LONDON SpiceJazz Soho (Spice of Life)

Cécile McLorin Salvant + Xhosa Cole / LONDON Cadogan Hall

Dave De Rose & Dan Nicholls / LONDON Servant Jazz Quarters

Rachael Cohen, Raquel Martins and Plumm / LONDON Woolwich Works

Roller Trio + WorldService Project / LONDON Rich Mix

Gilles Peterson Selected: Jelly Cleaver + Charlie Stacey / LONDON PizzaExpress (Holborn)

Deschanel Gordon / LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club



WEDNESDAY 17 Nov 2021:


London Third Stream: London Sinfonietta + Laura Jurd, Elliot Galvin, Cassie Kinoshi / LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall

Nils Petter Molvaer Group / LONDON Ronnie Scott’s

Ishmael Ensemble / LONDON Jazz Cafe

Joanna Duda Trio / LONDON Sanctuary Walthamstow

José James / LONDON EartH (Theatre)

Ms Maurice, Rosie Frater-Taylor and Juanita Euka / LONDON Woolwich Works

Gilles Peterson Selected: Golden Mean + Amyra / LONDON PizzaExpress (Holborn)

Jas Kayser, Daniel Higham and Jay Phelps / LONDON Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

Kasia Konstance - EP Launch  / LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club



THURSDAY 18 Nov 2021:


What’s Going On: Nu Civilisation Orchestra / LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall

Jasper Høiby: Planet B / LONDON Southbank Centre / Purcell Room

Anthony Joseph / LONDON Kings Place (Hall Two)

The Luiz Morais Group 'In the Weave" / LONDON Hampstead Jazz Club

Judi Jackson / LONDON Jazz Cafe

Emanative / LONDON Spiritland King's Cross

Resolution 88 / LONDON SpiceJazz Soho (Spice of Life)

DoomCannon / LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club

Frazey Ford + Rosie Frater-Taylor / LONDON Union Chapel



FIDAY 19 Nov 2021:


Soweto Kinch & London Symphony Orchestra / LONDON Barbican

Jaimie Branch / LONDON Jazz Cafe

Wildflower / LONDON Space 289 (formerly Redon)

Levitation Orchestra / LONDON Studio 9294

Zara McFarlane + Hector Plimmer & Arun Ghosh / LONDON Dagenham Roundhouse

Jason Yarde's ACOUTASTiC BOMBASTiC / LONDON Southbank Centre / Purcell Room

Zaitz & Kavuma Back to Back / LONDON Ninety One Living Room

Andrew Ashong / LONDON Spiritland King's Cross

Al MacSween / LONDON Royal Albert Hall / Elgar Room

The Sultan Stevenson 3o  / LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club



SATURDAY 20 Nov 2021:


Charles Lloyd + Nérija / LONDON Barbican

Bill Laurance and The Untold Orchestra / LONDON Union Chapel

Kansas Smitty's Plunderphonia / LONDON EartH (Theatre)

Joel Ross / LONDON Ronnie Scott’s

Alex Hitchcock / Xhosa Cole Quintet 'The John Coltrane Songbook' / Multiple Venues

Rachael Cohen & Mark Kavuma Quintet / LONDON Ninety One Living Room

Miles Mindlin + Sultan Stevenson + Maddy Coombs + XVNGO  / LONDON Woolwich Works

Devils of Moko / LONDON Pickle Factory



SUNDAY 21 Nov 2021:


Fusing Forces: Yazz Ahmed and the BBC Concert Orchestra / LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall

Courtney Pine: House of Legends + Rosie Turton / LONDON Dagenham Roundhouse

Brad Mehldau Trio / LONDON Barbican

Kiko Dinucci with Juçara Marçal / LONDON Cafe OTO

Snazzback / LONDON Ronnie Scott’s

Empirical / LONDON PizzaExpress (Holborn)




We hope you enjoy our London Jazz Festival 2021 concert selection and will choose something for yourself.

For a comprehensive guide to the festival and streaming links of these shows please go to: 


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