PREVIEW: Reviewers’ pick of the EFG London Jazz Festival

The EFG London Jazz Festival (Friday 10 to Sunday 19 November) can be overwhelming in its vastness. Faced with all this choice, are you paralysed with indecision? Or perhaps just keen to see what excites other jazz lovers? Editor-at-Large Peter Bacon asked our LondonJazz News reviewers for their top three tips. Here’s a selection:

Dayna Stephens – 606 Club Thursday 16 November 8.30pm
Carminho sings Jobim – Barbican Friday 17 November 8pm
Stefano Bollani – Cadogan Hall Saturday 18 November 7.30pm

Tomasz Stańko – Cadogan Hall Friday 10 November 7.30pm
Laura Perrudin – Barbican FreeStage Sunday 19 November 6pm
Michael Wollny + Andreas Schaerer + Vincent Peirani + Emile Parisien and Adam Baldych with Helge Lien Trio – Cadogan Hall Saturday 11 November 7.30pm

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Herbie Hancock – Barbican Monday/Tuesday 13/14 November 7.30pm
Trombone Shorty – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Monday 13 November  7.30pm
Misha Mullov-Abbado Group – South Hampstead High School Theatre Thursday 16 November 7.30pm.

Thelonius Monk at 100 – Cadogan Hall Sunday 19 November 2pm, 4.30pm, 7.30pm
Abdullah Ibrahim with Ekaya – Royal Festival Hall Tuesday 14 November 7.30pm
Golden Age of Steam and Ivo Neame Quartet – Con Cellar Bar Friday 17 November 9pm.

Cleveland Watkiss / Mark Sanders / Neil Charles / Debbie Sanders / Rowland Sutherland / Robert Mitchell – Iklectic Arts Lab, Friday 17 November 8.30pm.
Pharoah Sanders Quartet + Denys Baptiste + Alina Bzhezhinska: A Concert for Alice and John Coltrane – Barbican Saturday 18 November 7.30pm
Late Junction Live – Rich Mix Tuesday 14 November 10.30pm

Pixel + Tori Handsley Trio – The Spice of Life Friday 10 November 8pm
Marcus Miller + Ashley Henry – Royal Festival Hall Sunday 12 November 7.30pm
Matthew Stevens ‘Preverbal’ – Ronnie Scott’s Sunday 12 November 8pm

Iain Ballamy & Stian Carstensen – The Little Radio  – Green Note Saturday 18 November 8.30pm
Chucho Valdes & Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Barbican Saturday 11 November 2.30pm
Carminho sings Jobim – Barbican Friday 17 November 8pm
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort – Cine Lumiere, Institute Francois Monday 13 November 7.30pm

An Evening With Pat Metheny – Barbican Friday 10 November 7.30pm
Kirk Lightsey Trio – Live at Zédel Saturday/Sunday 11/12 November 9pm
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – King’s Place Hall One Friday 17 November 10pm

Keith Tippett Octet with Matthew Bourne – Kings Place Hall One Friday 10 November 7.30pm
Henri Texier – Kings Place Hall One Friday 17 November 7.30pm
Led Bib + Schnellertollermeier + WorldService Project – Rich Mix Sunday 12 November 8pm

The Illegal Crowns – Vortex Thursday 16 November 8.00pm
Keith Tippett Octet with Matthew Bourne – Kings Place Hall One  Friday 10 November 7.30pm
The Thing – Rich Mix Sunday 19 November 8pm

LINK: Make your own choices on the EFG London Jazz Festival website

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