The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, it is acclaimed for showcasing a wide mix of talent from around the world. The big Jazz legends and the emerging stars make the festival, one of the most anticipated festivals in London. The festival was created in 1992 by live international music producers, Serious who still produce the event with events held in bars, clubs and concert halls all over the city and all styles of jazz are catered for. Whilst the gigs are the main focus, there is also a wide-ranging programme of commissions, club events, talks, and an expansive learning and participation programme.
Artists already announced include Andy Sheppard, Arild Andersen, Average White Band & Kokomo, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Cassandra Wilson, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dave Holland, Hiromi, Ice-T, James Farm (feat Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland), Jamie Cullum, Jarrod Lawson, Kamasi Washington, Keith Jarrett, Kurt Elling, Manu Katché & Ibrahim Maalouf, Marcin Wasilewski, Maria Schneider, Melody Gardot, Miroslav Vitouš, Nik Bärtsch, Phronesis, Terence Blanchard and many more.
There are free concerts and shows for children including the very popular Jazz for Toddlers events. Many shows do sell out in advance of the festival, shows already sold out include Melody Gardot, Kurt Elling, Gilles Peterson with Kamasi Washington, Gogo Penguin and Lynne Page, Steve Gadd, Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman and two Jazz for Toddlers events. For sold-out concerts, some seats are often released on the day of the show, so it’s worth queuing at the box office for returns about 90 minutes before the show.
For a full listing of all the events, visit the EFG London Jazz Festival website here
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