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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 28: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ Warkworth War Memorial Hall. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Paul Edis @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 28: Ant Law, Alex Hitchcock, Jasper Høiby & Sun-Mi Hong @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm. £15.40., £13.20.

Monday, July 05, 2021

EFG London Jazz Festival 2021 programme

 (Press release)

Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go| Friday 12 November | Barbican  
London premiere of this intimate interchange and chemistry between two jazz virtuosos. 

Saxophone player, composer, pianist, singer, musical and political mastermind Archie Shepp and modern jazz icon, pianist, composer and multidisciplinary artist Jason Moran bring their shared devotion for the African American cultural tradition, identity and history into this musical conversation.   


Daniel Casimir | Friday 12 November | Purcell Room  

The award-winning bassist and Serious Take Five alum Daniel Casimir has become a regular fixture across the UK jazz scene, providing his heavyweight upright sound for the likes of Nubya Garcia, Ashley Henry, Camilla George, and Binker Golding.  

His debut full length album due out later this year is a celebration of Black British Culture and a critique of the genres, labels and stereotypes which have traditionally been placed upon Black musicians. Daniel’s EFG London Jazz Festival show will be shaped around this new music. 


Gwenifer Raymond| Friday 12 November | Kings Place  

Hailing from the Welsh valleys, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Gwenifer Raymond brings her awe-inspiring technique and musicality to the Festival. 

'It makes for the perfect first gig back: transporting, beautiful, intimate and intense.’ (★★★★★ Guardian) 


Black Midi + Moor Mother| Friday 12 November (10.30pm) | Queen Elizabeth Hall Concrete Lates  

A special late-night Concrete Lates event as part of Pitchfork Music Festival London in collaboration with EFG London Jazz Festival. Live performances from breakthrough innovative London-based art-rock band Black Midi with support from the incomparable Moor Mother, plus DJs.  


Robocobra Quartet + Archipelago | Saturday 13 November | Kings Place  

The award-winning UK trio Archipelago return to the Festival following the launch of their new album ‘Echoes to the Sky’. Fronted by composer and multi-instrumentalist Faye MacCalman and completed by John Pope and Christian Alderson, Archipelago hails from North East of England’s creative underground music scene.  

Comprising Tom Taboroi and Peter Howard on saxophone, Nathan Rodgers on electric bass and drummer-vocalist Chris Ryan, Robocobra Quartet’s music is described as ‘a cunning marriage of jazz, spoken word and punk’ by Quietus. Their unmatched live performances channel moments of joy and playfulness, and periods of intense fury. 


Laufey | Saturday 13 November | Purcell Room 

Singer-songwriter Laufey blends sophisticated jazz melodies and slow-burning R&B grooves. Inspired by a musical family, she took up piano and cello early on. Her teenagerhood muses were Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.   

During her prestigious Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music, she began writing her own songs and performing a mix of originals and vintage classics on online platforms, earning support from Billie Eilish and Willow Smith. 


Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble | Sunday 14 November | Purcell Room 

Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble is an experimental big band project composed of some of the most experienced Portuguese jazz and classical musicians, created and led by the composer Marco Barroso.  

L.U.M.E.’s music combines written composition with improvisation, and reaches from funk to textural music, from boogie woogie to impressionist environments… with a Zappa-esque twist! They are undoubtedly one of the most exceptional big bands in Europe today and EFG London Jazz Festival is extremely proud to present their debut performance on these shores.  


Aynur | Sunday 14 November | Barbican  

Aynur is the most prominent Kurdish singer of our times. Her impressive voice and extraordinary musical narration represent the music heritage of her cultural roots to the world.  

‘Impressive musicianship dominated by Aynur’s emotional, versatile vocals - switching from delicate to powerful and intense passages’ (★★★★★ Guardian) 

Aynur’s success has led to her collaborating with a wide range of acclaimed artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Kayhan Kalhor, Javier Limón, Kinan Azmeh and the NDR Big Band.  


Marcel Khalifé and Bachar Mar-Khalifé - Mahmoud, Marcel and I | Monday 15 November | Barbican  

Marcel Khalife and Bachar Mar-Khalife join together in performance to celebrate Marcel Khalife's lifetime of music and his work on Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. 

Bachar Mar-Khalifé is a French Lebanese singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Born in war-torn Lebanon, he is the son of the revered oud virtuoso and composer Marcel Khalifé, an Arab cultural icon. Bachar has collaborated on many projects that fuse jazz, Arab musics, electronica and hip-hop with artists as diverse as Bojan Z, Carl Craig, Francesco Tristano and Murcof.  


Damon Locks - Black Monument Ensemble | Monday 15 November | EartH 

The music and dance collective Black Monument Ensemble present their new album NOW on International Anthem, in their highly anticipated first London show. 

Galvanized by Chicago-based multi-media artist/activist Damon Locks’ conceptualizing, poeticizing, and guiding vision, Black Monument Ensemble is a vibrant collective of artists, musicians, singers, and dancers from all facets of the diverse wellspring of Black artistic excellence in Chicago, bringing their unique perspectives and experiences to uplifting, anthemic, and highly animated musical performance. 


Shai Maestro | Monday 15 November | Cadogan Hall   
Following the release of his sixth album Human on ECM, with drummer Ofri Nehemya, bassist Jorge Roeder and trumpeter Philip Dizack, pianist and composer Shai Maestro brings his inspiring sound to the EFG London Jazz Festival.  With his unique personal identity and musical fluidity Maestro is taking the music forward while also respecting its sense of tradition. 

‘Hearing Shai Maestro is like awakening to a new world.’ (All About Jazz) 

‘Expressions of joy, introspective thoughts and heightened intensity all come to the fore’ (Downbeat)  


Avishai Cohen + Nikki Yeoh’s Café Oran | Tuesday 16 November | Barbican  

Following a sold-out show in EFG London Jazz Festival 2018, we’re delighted to welcome back the internationally acclaimed bassist and composer Avishai Cohen.  

Avishai has his reputation as one of the world’s sought-after bassists; but it is as a composer that his musical statement has grown extensively, attracting large live audiences, listeners and passionate fans. With this new trio line-up featuring pianist Elchin Shirinov and drummer Noam David, Avishai will be presenting his latest trio album ‘Arvoles‘. 

The opening set will feature Nikki Yeoh’s Café Oran trio project which celebrates the music of Maurice El Médioni, combining his music with her own compositions. 


Cécile McLorin Salvant | Tuesday 16 November | Cadogan Hall 

Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Cécile McLorin Salvant returns to the Festival with her new quintet featuring Marvin Sewell on guitar, Glenn Zaleski on piano, Keito Ogawa on percussion and Alexa Tarantino on alto saxophone. 

Cécile McLorin Salvant is regarded as a singular and fearless voice in music today. With her remarkable vocal technique and on-stage persona, she performs rich interpretations of familiar songs and rare treasures. 


London Third Stream: London Sinfonietta | Wednesday 17 November | Queen Elizabeth Hall  

The energy of jazz meets the virtuosity of contemporary classical: four stars of the London jazz scene premiere new, genre-defying ensemble pieces. Evoking the “third stream” which lies between classical and jazz, exciting new commissions by Shabaka Hutchings, Cassie Kinoshi, Elliot Galvin and Laura Jurd combine the explosive unpredictability of improvisatory jazz with the rich and versatile timbre of the London Sinfonietta ensemble, conducted by Geoffrey Paterson. 


Steam Down | Wednesday 17 November | The Albany 

Award-winning collective Steam Down return to the Festival. 

Hailing from South East London and founded by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Ahnansé, Steam Down is an artist collective, weekly event and music community based in Deptford which has quickly become a household name in London’s music scene. Formed in 2017, it has since become the bedrock for a community of all ages, one in which culture was at the foreground, genre was demystified, and pretentiousness was left at the door. 


Ishmael Ensemble| Wednesday 17 November | Jazz Café 

The Bristol-based collective are an explosive new force in the UK jazz scene. Led by producer and saxophonist Pete Cunningham, the group broadly experiments within the realms of jazz and electronics but boasts a diverse range of influences in defining its sound. 

Jasper Høiby - Planet B | Thursday 18 November | Purcell Room 

Over the past decade, Danish double bassist Jasper Høiby has become renowned for his fearlessly expressive sound, charismatic stage presence, and distinct compositional prowess – with his power trio Phronesis, his group Fellow Creatures and most recently new trio Planet B with young British saxophonist Josh Arcoleo and adventurous French drummer Marc Michel. 

Planet B’s new music takes Høiby’s compositional skills into uncharted territory, combining the dynamism and warmth of his acoustic tones with expansive electronic soundscapes. 


Kaki King | Thursday 18 November | Kings Place 

Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist Kaki King is considered one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, known both for her technical mastery and for her constant quest to push the boundaries of the instrument. 


Jason Yarde's ACOUTASTiC BOMBASTiC| Friday 19 November | Purcell Room 

ACOUTASTiC BOMBASTiC is a large ensemble featuring some of the UK's finest multi-instrumentalists and musical mavericks. Helmed by composer, arranger, producer and Musical Director Jason Yarde  

Within the ranks of the ensemble lurks a saxophone quartet, a string ensemble and a choir, that can collectively groove, float, swing and potentially travel the globe from one measure to the next. They will be premiering new explorations as a 10+ piece ensemble with a host of collaborators to be revealed.  


The Westbrook Blake - settings of the poetry of William Blake by Mike Westbrook | Friday 19 November | Cadogan Hall 

We celebrate Mike Westbrook's 85th birthday year by bringing back to the concert hall what the IoS called "perhaps the greatest work in all British jazz".   

The Westbrook Blake (also known in different versions as Glad Day and Bright As Fire) is one of Mike Westbrook's most joyous and powerful works.  This concert features the two original singers, Kate Westbrook and Phil Minton: Mike Westbrook leads his own band with a choir directed by Paul Ayres. 


Piazzolla x100 Quartet with Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla| Friday 19 November | Wigmore Hall 

An authentic homage to Tango luminary Astor Piazzolla's legacy, on the occasion of his first centenary, Piazzolla x100 is more than a tribute, a celebration of his music.  

Featuring his grandson Daniel "Pipi" Piazzolla on drums, project’s musical director Federico Lechner on piano, Claudio Constantini on bandoneon and additional arrangements, and Antonio Miguel on double bass, this concert unleashes the jazzy soul of the Argentinian genius, taking Tango through improvisation and exquisitely crafted rework. 

Soweto Kinch & London Symphony Orchestra: The Black Peril | Friday 19 November | Barbican  The Black Peril is a dynamic 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 revisits a time of momentous social change, also exploring connecting strands to modern forms of dance music including hip hop and trap.  
The premiere of this new work took place in EFG London Jazz Festival in 2019 as a co-commission by Serious, London Symphony Orchestra and supported as a part of Help Musicians UK’s Giant Steps scheme and Cockayne Grant for the Arts. The new orchestral version arranged and developed by Soweto Kinch and LSO will be premiered on this occasion. 


Charles Lloyd + Nérija | Saturday 20 November | Barbican Charles Lloyd is an essential leading light amongst the living jazz saxophone legends that includes Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins. He has spent his entire career on a journey to explore the spiritual realms of wonder and beauty.  In his career spanning over six decades, he worked with jazz, blues and rock giants including B.B. King, Lucinda Williams, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Eric Dolphy, The Byrds and The Grateful Dead. 

In this concert Charles Lloyd will be accompanied by a powerful band featuring Gerald Clayton on piano, Reuben Rogers on double-bass and Kendrick Scott on drums, he performs music from a career spanning over six decades. 

Opening set from septet Nérija - taking their pulse from myriad genres - hip hop to afrobeat and township music, European classical to soul - a defiantly multi-faceted and unique sound, drawing as much from Georgia Anne Muldrow as they do Arthur Russell, Duke Ellington and Eric Lau. 


Brad Mehldau Trio | Sunday 21 November | Barbican 

Over the last two decades, pianist Brad Mehldau has forged a path which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure. His unquestionable leadership across idioms has grown as he has transformed the paradigm of jazz and classical performance – performing here with his trio. 
Showcasing his diversity and undeniable voice, Mehldau has also had notable collaborations with Pat Metheny, Anne Sofie von Otter, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Britten Sinfonia, Kevin Hays, Jeremy Denk and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. With his rigorous intellect feeding an inspired range of expression and intensity, Mehldau leaves his worldwide audience eager for his next foray. 


Fusing Forces: Yazz Ahmed and the BBC Concert Orchestra| Sunday 21 November | Queen Elizabeth Hall 

Trailblazing trumpeter Yazz Ahmed joins forces with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Festival. 

The British-Bahraini performer and composer brings her boundless musical ingenuity to a collaboration with the orchestra and its Grammy-winning Principal Conductor, Bramwell Tovey. The concert presents new orchestrations of Ahmed’s evocative, colourful works, joined by the artist and her quintet. 

‘This is clearly one of the most important pieces of music in any genre to appear this year’ (Glide Magazine) 




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