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The Wicked Sound’s The EFG London Jazz Festival 2022 concerts selection

The Wicked Sound’s The EFG London Jazz Festival 2022 concerts selection:


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.

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 2022 :


Surya Botofasina, Nate Mercereau, Carlos Niño & Friends, St James The Great (Church of Sound),

Byron The Aquarius. Jazz Cafe,

Binker Golding, Southbank Centre / Purcell Room,

AlinaHipHarp & NeOne the Wonderer - When Jazz Harp meets Rap…, Jazzlive at the Crypt,

Jas Kayser + K15, Ninety One Living Room,


Sat 12 Nov 2022


Staple Singers. Jazz Cafe,

Linda May Han Oh, PizzaExpress Jazz Club,

Hackney Colliery Band, artsdepot,

Dianne Reeves, Cadogan Hall,

Rosie Frater-Taylor Big Band, Woolwich Works,

CHICAGOxLONDON: Alabaster DePlume, Angel Bat Dawid, Ben LaMar Gay, Jeff Parker, and more…, Barbican,

RYMDEN, Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall


Sun 13 Nov 2022


Jasper Høiby Planet B, Southbank Centre / Purcell Room,

Bill Laurance, Kings Place (Hall One),

Ron Carter Quartet 85th Birthday, Cadogan Hall,

Collocutor, Ninety One Living Room,

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid and Anthony Braxton, Barbican,

Melanie Charles + Nadeem Din-Gabisi, Lafayette,

Fergus McCreadie, Woolwich Works,

Jan Garbarek Group, Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall,

Ivo Neame's Dodeka, Ronnie Scott’s,

Resolution 88, Richmond Off the Rails,

Xhosa Cole IBEJI live feat. Hamid Drake, Cafe OTO,


Mon14 Nov 2022


The Bad Plus, Ronnie Scott’s,

Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Christian McBride, Barbican,

Ronnie Scott's presents Joel Ross 'Good Vibes' at Lafayette, Lafayette,

Chiminyo, PizzaExpress Jazz Club,


Tue 15 Nov 2022


Abdullah Ibrahim, Barbican,

Allexa Nava Quartet, PizzaExpress Jazz Club,


Wed 16 Nov 2022


Tru Thoughts Takeover - Sly5thAve & Roberto Verástegui, Ronnie Scott’s,

Camilla George, Jazz Cafe,

Jazz Sabbath, PizzaExpress Jazz Club,

Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland: AZIZA, Cadogan Hall,

Marcin Wasilewski Trio & the BBC Concert Orchestra pay tribute to matchless trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall,

Trio Grande 2.0, Vortex Jazz Club,

Trish Clowes - My Iris, Southbank Centre / Purcell Room,

Kinkajous, Kings Place (Hall Two),


Thu 17 Nov 2022


Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter IV band, London Milton Court,

Edmar Castaneda & Grégoire Maret, Wigmore Hall,

Nu Civilisation Orchestra ft. ESKA presents Joni Mitchell’s Hejira and Mingus, Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall,

Bear Garden, The Jazz Sanctuary,

Roella Oloro, Ninety One Living Room,

Sun-Mi Hong + Ant Law & Alex Hitchcock, Southbank Centre / Purcell Room,

Nubiyan Twist ft. Disraeli, K.O.G, Ria Moran + special guests Secret Night Gang, KOKO,

Daniel Casimir, PizzaExpress Jazz Club,

Colectiva, Kings Place (Hall Two),

Greg Foat, Ronnie Scott’s,


Fri 18 Nov 2022


Andee Liu Trio featuring Roella Oloro, PizzaExpress Jazz Club,

Kinetika Bloco: Through The Fire, Barbican / FreeStage (Level G),

Levitation Orchestra, Ronnie Scott’s,

Emma Rawicz, Jazz Cafe,

Mark Kavuma presents Banger Factory Records, London Milton Court,

Harold López-Nussa with special guest Yilian Cañizares, Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall,

Lady Blackbird + DoomCannon, Barbican,

Makaya McCraven, Islington Assembly Hall,

Daniel Herskedal Trio, Kings Place (Hall Two),

Julie Campiche Quartet, Vortex Jazz Club,

Ruby Rushton + Dennis Ayler (DJ Set), Ninety One Living Room,

Ariwo, Grow, Hackney,


Sat 19 Nov 2022


Matt Ridley 'The Antidote', PizzaExpress Jazz Club,

Take Five Presents: Charlotte Keeffe, Marcus Joseph, Misha Mullov Abbado, Southbank Centre / Purcell Room,

Aaron Parks Little Big, Ronnie Scott’s

Jitwam, Jazz Cafe,

Jean Toussaint Allstar 6tet with Byron Wallen, Dennis Rollins, Jason Rebello and special guest Soweto Kinch, Cadogan Hall,

Take Five Presents: DoomCannon, Midori Jaeger, Nishla Smith, Southbank Centre / Purcell Room,

Dele Sosimi, SpiceJazz Soho at the Spice of Life,

TC & The Groove Family + Feddah, Juju's Bar & Stage,

Raquel Martins + Eric McCoy, Ninety One Living Room,


Sun 20 Nov 2022


Ed ‘Tenderlonius’ Cawthorne Quartet, Bull's Head Barnes,

Brown Penny, Kings Place (Hall Two),

Nduduzo Makhathini, Jazz Cafe,

Don Cherry Tribute feat. Kahil ElZabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble with the Cherry family and special guests, Barbican,

Chucho Valdés, Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall,

Hidden Orchestra, Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall,

The Jazz Defenders, SpiceJazz Soho at the Spice of Life,


We hope you enjoy our London Jazz Festival 2022 concert selection and will choose something for yourself.

For a comprehensive guide to the festival and streaming links of these shows please go to: www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/whats-on 


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