Photo from London Jazz Festival website
Peter Bacon tries not to be overwhelmed by the plethora of added EFG LJF shows going on sale this week.
With some international jazz festivals – North Sea, Montreal and, increasingly, London – it becomes easier to list who’s not appearing, such is the drive away from any specialisation and towards the all-encompassing, one-festival-fits-all model. So, who wasn’t in the first three tranches of bands and players?
New Orleans’ favourite son, Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue will be playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 13 Nov; the name currently being dropped into all the coollest jazz conversations, bassist Miles Mosley, will be in the Islington Assembly Hall on 12 Nov.
John Surman and John Warren will revive The Traveller’s Tale from the first London Jazz Festival for this, the capital’s 25th. It will be at King’s Place on 12 Nov. Singer/pianist Eliane Elias will present Samba Brazil at Cadogan Hall on 14 Nov and Dee Dee Bridgewater will be at the same venue on 16 Nov.
Pianist Fred Hersch will make a most welcome return to the festival with his trio (King’s Place, 18 Nov) and will be talking about his revealing memoir Good Things Happen Slowly. There will also be a screening of the film portrait The Ballad Of Fred Hersch.
Also just released and going on sale this week: BBC Concert Orchestra: Is This Jazz? (12 Nov); Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles (14 Nov); Kneebody plus Now vs Now, Justin Kauflin Trio plus Airelle Besson & Vincent Segal (both 16 Nov); Jay Rayner: A Night of Food and Agony plus Peter Horsfall, Britten Sinfonia with Nik Bartsch (both 17 Nov); Chico & The Gypsies, A Brief History Of The Coolest Instrument In The World (it’s the electric guitar, apparently), BIGYUKI plus Butcher Brown plus Rohey, Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Monk Misterioso (all 18 Nov); The Monk-A-Thon (19 Nov).
LINK: EFG London Jazz Festival