The EFG London Jazz Festival extensive programme of live concerts and special events will now be streamed online from venues across London. Many of the online events will be free to view – including family events, productions from international artists and talks – bringing the 10-day event to audiences all over the world.
Here is today’s press release from the EFG London Jazz Festival in full:
The Festival’s signature Jazz Voice () opens both the programme and the EFG ElementsSeries. Streamed from Cadogan Hall, it features China Moses, David McAlmont, Zara McFarlane, Luca Manning, Cleveland Watkiss and Vanessa Haynes, musically directed by Guy Barker and hosted by Jumoké Fashola. The EFG Elements Series also includes performances from Judi Jackson () and Kansas Smitty’s House Band (Sunday 22 November), alongside a special concert live-streamed from the Barbican by Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED Ensemble, with special guests Shabaka Hutchings, Ashley Henry, Richie Seivwright and Yahael Camara-Onono().
A new partnership between the festival and Mixcloud will host a series of shows, including Emma Jean Thackray (), Sarathy Korwar () and Rosie Turton(), all filmed at Total Refreshment Centre. Mixcloud will also present the concerts from the Between the Lines Festival: a night curated by Leafcutter John ), Erased Tapes featuring Anne Müller, Daniel Thorne and Hatis Noit () and The Spectacular Empire featuring Loraine James, GLOR1A and more (). Tenderlonious Presents the Music of22a (),a night featuring Ruby Rushton, Nick Walters, The Piccolo and a DJ set from Dennis Ayler, and PALATIUM, presented by GAIKA withAzekel & Miink () will also be hosted by Mixcloud.
A series of exclusive streams by international artists include Armenian piano maestro Tigran Hamasyan (), jazz bassist Linda May Han Oh (), the bass player of Pat Metheny, a collaboration between French guitarist Paul Jarrett and inspirational drummer Jim Black (Monday 16 November), a concert filmed in Paris by Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien (), a performance by Cuban pianist, Harold López Nussa (Tuesday 17 November) and a concert by Norwegian guitarist-composer Hedvig Mollestad (Thursday 19 November). Istanbul Psychedelic ()features special names in Turkish alternative music, Moğollar, Baba Zula, Islandman and Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, whilst Vilnius Jazz transmits the very best of Lithuanian talent (), New Switzerland () brings together Julie Campiche, IKARUS and Trio Heinz Herbert and New Sweden () includes Fartyg 6 and POST-SUN-VISION.
Writer and broadcaster, Kevin Le Gendre, will present livestream sessions ARTicle10: Conversations in the Era of Black Lives Matter (, , ), where he is joined by six special guests for a series of conversations on race, racism and the need for change within the music industry. Guest speakers include Janine Irons (Tomorrows Warriors), Ammo Talwar (PUNCH), Carleen Anderson, Nicole Mitchell, Jason Moran and Orphy Robinson.
Gary Crosby, co-founder and artistic director of Tomorrow’s Warriors, makes a rare appearance in Church of Sound: Gary Crosby’s Groundation present the Charlie Parker Songbook and Originals(), collaborating with alumni Nathaniel Facey, Shirley Tetteh and Moses Boyd. The Festival continues its close relationship with Chicago’s ground-breaking label International Anthem, presenting Ben Lamar Gay () and a performance by collective Irreversible Entanglements (), featuring front woman Moor Mother.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Orphy Robinson and composer/filmmaker/director Gabriel Finn collaborate to deliver Orphy Robinson’s Virtual Jazz Club Band (), and in a festival first, multi-instrumentalist and producer Shri Sriram will accompany mindful Jazz Yoga (). Singer Juliet Kelly will lead both ‘Songs From Life’ () bringing reminiscence for African Caribbean elders, and Jazz Kids (), an interactive musical session for all the family.
Jazz history features at the Esquire Covers Club, in a specially-built digital exhibition hall that launches next week, with contrasting sleeves from the American and British releases of classic jazz albums.
Films include a screening of Billie, documenting the life of the iconic Billie Holiday at the Barbican’s Cinema on Demand Platform running throughout the festival, with a Q&A with the film’s director James Erskine andco-producer Shianne Brown, hosted by Zakia Sewell (). BBC Four Jazz 625 returns to celebrate the UK jazz boom with Sons of Kemet, Matthew Halsall, Sarathy Korwar, Moses Boyd Exodus, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia and Kokoroko ()and hosts the final of the BBC Young Jazz Musician competition (Sunday 22 November).
BBC Radio 3 live broadcasts Jazz Voice, followed by jazz through the night, including J to Z Late live, featuring Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Camilla George and Jas Kayser and concerts by Chick Corea in 2012 and WayneShorter in 1995 from the Jazz Festival archive (). BBC Radio 3 broadcasts will follow with another J to Z EFG London Jazz Festival Specialfeaturing exclusive performances from Festival shows (Saturday 14 November), a concert by Abel Selaocoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell, from the Royal Festival Hall (). Jazz FM presents a host of interviews and a special programme dedicated to the Festival, hosted by Jez Nelson, on Saturday 14 November at 9pm.
The Festival will also feature a breadth of shows streamed from London’s grassroots clubs and venues with artists such as Gwilym Simcock, Trish Clowes, Nathaniel Facey, Anoushka Lucas, and Sam Leak,performing from Ronnie Scott’s, 606 Club, CLF Art Lounge, Green Note, Oliver’s Jazz Bar, and more.
See the Festival’s full listing here
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