606 Club announces programme for 2023 EFG LJF

The 606 Club has just announced its EFG London Jazz Festival 606 dates, noting that 16 November is still TBC, following on from the announcements by the festival organisers, Pizza Express, Ronnie Scott’s and Piano Smithfield (all links below),. Here is the 606’s programme, with short text for each date supplied by the club.

Shez Raja and Soweto Kinch. Screengrab from Facebook video

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2023 EFG London Jazz Festival, Friday 10 – Sunday 19 November

Fri 10th            9:00 – Imaani & Special Guest Tonight the Club features Imaani, plus her Special Guest. A member of the iconic jazz funk band Incognito for over a decade, this promises to be a world-class night of soul & R&B! “The magnificent vocals of Imaani” DJ Times

Sat 11th           9:00  –The Peter King Memorial Sax Summit feat. Mornington Lockett & Tom Smith with the Will Barry trio & Special Guests.    Named in honour of the late Peter King, we present a breathtaking 4-sax front line featuring Mornington Lockett, Tom Smith and two saxophonists TBA, accompanied by award-winning pianist Will Barry and his trio. “Lockett…tremendous fluency and drive” Evening Standard

Sun 12th          1:30 – Lunchtime Special: World Heartbeat & the Julian Joseph Academy Present “Together We Go Forward”   World Heart Beat and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy present ‘Together We Go Forward”, a special concert from two of the country’s leading music academies. To discover the next generation of jazz musicians, this is the gig to go to!

               8:00 – Jo Harrop/Paul Edis-Autumn Serenade: When Autumn Turns to Winter Rising star vocalist Jo Harrop, pianist/Musical Director Paul Edis and their band present a programme based upon their 2023 Parliamentary Jazz Award-winning Jazz Album of the Year, “When Winter Turns to Spring”. “This girl was born to sing jazz!” Blues & Soul

Mon 13th        8:00 – Emily Francis Trio       With a fascinating mix of influences including 60s & 70s-era electronic jazz, psychedelia and even prog rock, Emily Francis-piano/keys, Trevor Boxall-bass & Jamie Murray-drums have created a harmonically rich landscape of melody and groove.     

Tue 14th          8:00 – Kaidi Akinnibi    From South London, up-and-coming saxophonist Kaidi Akinnibi has already worked with an eclectic variety of artists including the likes of Tom Misch, Black Midi, Blue Lab Beats & Mark Kavuma’s Banger Factory. A standout member of London’s creative, vibrant jazz scene.                        

Wed 15th        8:00Shez Raja ft Soweto Kinch    Virtuoso bassist Shez Raja is a dynamic live performer mixing Indo-jazz, funk and groove styles. Featuring special guest, MOBO-award-winning saxophonist Soweto Kinch.  “The hip-shaking mix of Eastern song lines and funky Western dance-beats never wavers” **** Evening Standard

Thu 16th        8:00        TBC

Fri 17th           9:00 – Samara with Special Guest: Adriano Adewale

“Samara” is a jazz/Latin group led by the 606 Club’s Steve Rubie. Featuring Brasilian singer Carolina Lelis, their special guest is the Afro-Brasilian percussionist/composer Adriano Adewale (AKA Trio, Bobby McFerrin).“Cracking Latin-jazz quintet” Time Out; ‘”Adewale… a priceless asset” Guardian                

Sat 18th           9:00 – Byron Wallen

                       A leading light of the UK jazz world over several decades, trumpeter & composer Byron Wallen has had an extraordinary career. Recipient of the BBC’s ‘Innovation in Jazz’ award, he won the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2017. “Wallen’s…performance…was an enthralling celebration”, Resident Advisor”

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Sun 19th          1:30 – Lunchtime Special: Rachel Sutton, Jo Harrop & Eileen Hunter

                       Three of the 606 Club’s favourite singers, Rachel Sutton, Jo Harrop & Eileen Hunter, perform timeless vocal-led jazz standards. A delightful and fun-filled afternoon! “Sutton…a must see” Cabaret Scenes; “Harrop…singing sensation” BeBop Spoken Here; “[Hunter]… amazing musician” Jazz FM

                        8:00 – Liane Carroll

                       A world-class performer, Liane Carroll’s powerful blues-tinged voice combined with strong piano playing and exciting infectious material, not to mention a wicked sense of humour, make this a truly remarkable gig. “Liane Carroll…she seems in some magical way to be made out of music” The Observer

MAIN LINK: The 606 Club’s EFG LJF programme

OTHER LINKS: Third wave of EFG LJF’s own programming
Ronnie Scott’s programme
Pizza Express (three venues / fifty gigs)
Piano Smithfield

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