|Kamasi Washington has been added to the 2017 Love Supreme line-up.|
Editor-at-Large Peter Bacon has his interest aroused by some Festival revelations.
Festivals favour the slow reveal these days. Why give it to us all at once when they can seduce us in stages? The veils are lifted a little lower this week at EFG London Jazz Festival, celebrating its 25th birthday all around the capital. Love Supreme (Glynde Place, East Sussex) and Serious Space (Shoreditch, London).
EFG London Jazz Festival (10-19 November)
EFG LJF has announced its second wave of concerts which go on sale in the next few days. They include trumpeter Tomasz Stanko’s New York Quartet (their second album, December Avenue, is just out on ECM and it sounds gorgeous) on 10 November; two generations of Cuban piano mastery in Chucho Valdez & Gonzalo Rubalcaba (11 Nov); the Andy Sheppard Quartet (11 Nov); the mandolin/piano pairing of Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau (12 Nov); Snarky Puppy’s British pianist Bill Laurance (16 Nov); French bassist Henri Texier leading his Hope Quartet (17 Nov); lively big band Beats & Pieces (17 Nov); and the exuberant Italian pianist Stefano Bollani’s Napoli Trio (18 Nov).
These events, as well as flamenco from Taksim Trio plus Dorantes, and Sinatra as sung by Ben L’Oncle Soul, join those already selling well, which include Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Phronesis with Engines Orchestra, and an Abdullah Ibrahim/Hugh Masekela double bill.
|Aerial view of Love Supreme Festival|
Love Supreme (Glynde Place, East Sussex, 30 June – 2 July)
Earlier than all that and further south, Love Supreme announces this morning that the saxophone sensation of the last couple of years, Kamasi Washington, will be playing on Sunday 2 July. Also new to the festival’s line-up are Corinne Bailey Rae, the acid jazz collective D’Influence, and soul singer Mica Paris singing songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald.
They join a wide-ranging programme with highlights including Herbie Hancock, the Michael Wolny Trio, Shabaka & The Ancestors, Becca Stevens, Gregory Porter, George Benson, Christian Scott, the Robert Glasper Experiment and Laura Mvula.
|Maarja Nuut is at Serious Space.|
Serious Space (Shoreditch, London, 15-20 May)
The new festival on the block and the least coy, having revealed, seemingly, its full line-up, is Serious Space which focuses on emerging artists and happens at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. The 2017 programme goes like this: Portuguese/Angolan double band Throes + The Shine (Monday 15 May); Estonian singer/fiddler Maarja Nuut (16 May); rising star soul-man Adam Naas (17 May); former M.I.A. drummer turned electronic solo performer Madame Gandhi (18 May); and South African rapper-plus Spoek Mathambo (20 May).
Serious Space’s big show-stopper is Future Bubblers, a night of new talent presented by Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Music. Friday 19 May’s homegrown performers are Three Body Trio, Revenu and Elsa Hewitt, with a DJ set from Congi.
EFG London Jazz Festival
Love Supreme Festival
Serious Space Festival
At the Vortex we are doing our bit, by having a big Intakt festival in April standing out from our year-round one. And, whisper it quietly, it looks like we have some goodies coming in for the London Jazz Festival, e.g. a couple of our New York favourites, one of which is led by Fat Daddy (as he signed himself in the visitors book), who last appeared at the club with David Torn (15, 16 November); and also one with a guitarist named Gilad (18 November), featuring Billy Hart's saxophonist. Until finally confirmed, I have to tease…..