Pizza Express London venues announce EFG LJF 2022 programme

Take 6, Sheila Jordan and Steve Kuhn among headliners in the PizzaExpress Live line-up at EFG London Jazz Festival 2022, says a press release from Pizza Express Live announcing fifty shows across the group’s three London venues, published this morning.

Take 6. Publicity photo by John Abbott


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Take 6, Sheila Jordan and Steve Kuhn are announced as part of the PizzaExpress Live line-up at this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival

  • PizzaExpress Live is proudly part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, taking place 11-20 November
  • All three PizzaExpress Live locations will host a record number of shows, totalling 50 over the ten days, including a string of free lunchtime shows exclusively for the festival
  • Headline acts include Take 6, Sheila Jordan, Linda May Han Oh, Daniel Casimir and Steve Kuhn

The annual EFG London Jazz Festival is back for 2022, taking place between 11-20 November. Today, PizzaExpress is proud to announce more than 50 incredible shows across its three iconic live music venues – Soho, Holborn and Chelsea.

Kicking things off in Soho on 11 November will be the iconic jazz star, Sheila Jordan, who will be performing with the Ray Gallon Trio. Sheila has shared the stage with Charlie Parker and was the first female recording artist on the renowned Blue Note label. Described by Scott Yanow as “one of the most consistently creative of all jazz singers”, Sheila Jordan will return to the PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho one week shy of her 94th birthday.

The Soho Jazz Club will also present a rare UK show from jazz legend Steve Kuhn on 13 November. Steve is known for his work with the likes of John Coltrane and Stan Getz as well as being a flawless band leader in his own right.

Over at Holborn on the 16-17 November 10x Grammy winners Take 6 have been announced. The renowned a cappella sextet integrates jazz with spiritual and inspirational lyrics and have worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones and Ella Fitzgerald among many others.

19 November will be a celebration of genre giants Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with two brand new shows from UK jazz superstars Ian Shaw and Tony Kofi, in Holborn.

Catherine Russell, daughter of 1930’s band leader Luis Russell, will close the festival in Soho on 20 November, with Elaine Delmar, daughter of Jamaican trumpeter Leslie ‘Jiver’ Hutchinson, taking to the Holborn stage with an incredible 16-piece band on the same evening. 

In addition to the above, and exclusively for the EFG London Jazz Festival, PizzaExpress Jazz club will host five free entry lunch shows from Monday 14 to Friday 18 November as part of its ‘Heads Up’ series. The series continues to present the next generation of jazz and neo-soul stars, including Amy Gadiaga, Chiminyo, Allexa Nava, Sofia Grant and Andee Liu Trio with Roella Oloro in the line-up.

Ross Dines, PizzaExpress Music Manager said – “PizzaExpress Live has been part of the London Jazz Festival since 1992, and we’re excited to be hosting a record number of shows this year. We look forward to seeing music lovers enjoying the incredible acts we have lined up and a slice of their favourite pizza. It’s going to be a great festival.”

Full festival programme: 


Friday 11th November (early) – Sheila Jordan with Ray Gallon Trio  

Friday 11th November (late) – Jam Session with Ray Gallon  

Saturday 12th November (lunch) – Sam Leak Trio 

Saturday 12th November (early) – Linda May Han Oh

Saturday 12th November (late) – Linda May Han Oh

Sunday 13th November (lunch) – Simon Spillett Big Band  

Sunday 13th November (evening) – Mihály Dresch’s Hungarian Jazz Quartet 

Monday 14th November (lunch) – Heads Up: Amy Gadiaga 

Monday 14th November (evening) – Helena Kay KIM Trio 

Tuesday 15th November (lunch) – Heads Up: Chiminyo 

Tuesday 15th November (evening) – Dave O’Higgins with Rob Luft 

Wednesday 16h November (lunch) – Heads Up: Allexa Naava 

Wednesday 16h November (early) – Jazz Sabbath 

Wednesday 16h November (late) – Jazz Sabbath 

Thursday 17th November (lunch) – Heads Up: Sofia Gran

Thursday 17th November (evening) – Daniel Casimir 

Friday 18th November (lunch) – Heads Up: Andee Liu with Roella Oloro 

Friday 18th November (early) – Steve Kuhn Trio 

Friday 18th November (late) – Steve Kuhn Trio 

Saturday 19th November (lunch) – Matt Ridley ‘The Antidote’

Sunday 20th November (lunch) – Alex Ridout 

Sunday 20th November (early) – Catherine Russell 

Sunday 20th November (late) – Catherine Russell 



Saturday 12th November (6pm) – Andrea Motis 

Saturday 12th November (9pm) – Andrea Motis 

Sunday 13th November (lunch) – Connie Han Trio

Sunday 13th November (evening) – Connie Han Trio 

Monday 14th November (evening) – Vertigo / Hi-5

Tuesday 15th November (evening) – Red Kite 

Wednesday 16th November (early) – Take 6  

Wednesday 16th November (late) – Take 6  

Thursday 17th November (early) – Take 6  

Thursday 17th November (late) – Take 6  

Friday 18th November – Vertaal 

Saturday 19th November (early) – Ian Shaw with Tony Kofi 

Saturday 19th November (late) – Ian Shaw with Tony Kofi 

Sunday 20th November (lunch) – Elaine Delmar and the Mark Nightingale Big Band

Sunday 20th November (evening) – Elaine Delmar and the Mark Nightingale Big Band


Friday 11th November – Dominic Alldis ‘Two Trios’ 

Saturday 12th November (evening) – Dana Masters 

Sunday 13th November (evening) – Dana Masters 

Monday 14th November – Francesca Confortini

Tuesday 15th November – Sarah Moule 

Wednesday 16th November – Jamie Safir ‘Piano Talk’ 

Thursday 17th November – Lindsey Webster 

Friday 18th November – Lindsey Webster 

Saturday 19th November (evening) – Natalie Douglas 

Sunday 20th November (lunch) – Jon Weber 

Sunday 20th November (evening) – Natalie Douglas

Notes to Editors: About PizzaExpress Live

  • PizzaExpress Live is a collection of three venues – including the historic PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho, The Pheasantry in Chelsea, PizzaExpress Live Holborn.
  • Live music has always been an important part of PizzaExpress. Founder Peter Boizot was a jazz lover and constantly sought ways to integrate music into his restaurants, whether at PizzaExpress branches from the late 1960’s, at his other ventures like Pizza on the Park or at Kettner’s from the 1970’s. The flagship venue at 10 Dean Street, London has hosted internationally acclaimed music since its first ticketed shows in May 1976. Across our venues we have welcomed legendary names such as Amy Winehouse, Brian May, Gregory Porter, e.s.t., Van Morrison, The Duallers, Tony Bennett, Morcheeba, John Scofield, Chrissie Hynde, Brad Mehldau, Norah Jones and many more…
  • PizzaExpress Live specialises in intimate gigs and live entertainment, hosting over 1000 shows a year across all music genres
  • The brand’s original content series, Behind the Base, in support of the brand’s charity, Nordoff Robbins, sees the country’s most exciting artists and up-and-coming musicians enter the kitchen. Each artist learns how to make their favourite pizza, whilst talking about their journey through music, before performing a track with huge emotional meaning for them on the live stage.
  • 25p from every Padana sale goes to Nordoff Robbins, in all PizzaExpress and PizzaExpress Live venues.

LINKS: Pizza Express Live on social media : Instagram / Facebook / Twitter

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