We Are Jazz too!
Here at London Unattached we are big supporters of the EFG London Jazz Festival. November is the month of the year when our city’s cultural focus is on jazz with events across town reflecting the amazing diversity of this now global art form.
We attended the launch event at The May Fair Hotel, the Festival’s official hotel partner, compered by the wonderful saxophonist, composer and rapper Soweto Kinch, and saw great performances by Festival artists; vocalist, violinist, songwriter Alice Zawadzki with guitarist Rob Luft, South African cellist Abel Selaocoe, and a unique collaboration between former world champion beatboxer Bellatrix and Soweto Kinch.
EFG have partnered with the London Jazz Festival for over a decade and for 2019 have joined forces with jazz promoters Serious to launch the inaugural EFG Elements Series.
The four shows for this inaugural EFG Elements Series are:
JAZZ VOICE – OPENING GALA
An unmissable line-up this year to the opening concert; Guy Barker and the EFG London Jazz Festival Orchestra create the setting for Cécile McLorin Salvant, Cherise Adams-Burnett, Corinne Bailey Rae, Judi Jackson, Matthew Whitaker, Raul Midón, Urban Flames.
CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT & SULLIVAN FORTNER + ANDREW McCORMACK & JASON YARDE
The incredible vocal artistry and magnetic onstage persona of the Grammy Award winning Cécile McLorin Salvant performing her newest release The Window, with pianist Sullivan Fortner. The McCormack & Yarde Duo will be opening the show.
CHRISTIAN SANDS + CAMILLA GEORGE
One of the most in-demand pianists in jazz, recently appearing on records by Gregory Porter, Christian Sands is a force of nature with his technique, pace and fresh look at the entire language of jazz. Opening set from London-based saxophone player Camilla George (JazzJamaica, Tomorrow’s Warriors and one of Serious’ Take 5 alumni in 2018).
SCOTT BRADLEE’S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX
A special festival show from Postmodern Jukebox, the quirky musical collective deliver ‘a delicious reminder of an era in which jazz’s raison d’etre was to ensure that people had a damned good time’ (LondonJazz)
But the festival is much more than these four concerts and is capital’s largest city-wide festival, with over 2,000 artists including Jan Garbarek, Terri Lyne Carrington, Herbie Hancock, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Soweto Kinch, Gazelle Twin, Chrissie Hynde, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Eliane Elias, Corinne Bailey Rae, Chassol and Christian Scott in more than 350 performances in concert halls, clubs, at family events, free concerts, films and talks, in over 70 venues across London.
At London Unattached our top festival picks are
Catch the legendary saxophonist as he performs with his trio and young jazz string quartet StringTing.
Blow the Fuse, an artist-led organisation formed in 1989 by jazz musicians Deirdre Cartwright and Alison Rayner, have been pioneers in raising awareness of gender issues in jazz. This concert celebrates 30 years of this ground-breaking outfit with a concert headlined by Alison Rayner Quintet.
This remarkable gig features a breathtaking 4-sax front line backed by Gareth Williams’s exceptional piano trio. Showcasing the talents of four outstanding jazz saxophonists, each with a unique sound and approach, the evening celebrates one of jazz music’s essential instruments.
Silje Nergaard’s album At First Light still reigns as Norway’s top selling jazz album of all time. In an exciting collaboration with the great jazz pianist Espen Berg, the audience is invited into a warm and intimate concert experience.
One year on from the Armistice Declaration in 1918, episodes of civil unrest erupted across the western world. What should have been a moment of triumph and social cohesion, disintegrated into violent disorder and racial conflict. From Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff and South Shields and the ‘Red-Summer’ across the US, city streets were set ablaze by race riots. The Black Peril is a dynamic new work by Soweto Kinch, inspired by the sounds of ragtime, proto-jazz, West Indian folk music and the classical works of black composers of the period. It will revisit a time of momentous social change, also exploring connecting strands to modern forms of dance music including hip hop and trap.
The full festival programme is now announced at efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk.
The EFG London Jazz Festival runs from Friday 15 to Sunday 24 November 2019
Photo credit Roger Thomas