This year’s London Jazz Festival offers an all embracing programme, spreading through London as never before.
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The London Jazz Festival is taking place in mid-November this year, in association with BBC Radio 3 which will broadcast extensively during the festival. The festival line-up includes new and established artists alongside big names such as Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Hugh Masekela and Brad Mehldau. Parallel programmes of free entry gigs, masterclasses, talks and family-friendly events will also take place at a wide variety of venues across the capital. This year the festival will feature a special focus on France, Denmark and Scotland with some key bands from the new wave of French, Danish, and Scottish jazz performing.
Club and concert hall highlights include:
Friday 12 November Chris Potter (Ronnie Scott’s), Jazz Voice: Celebrating a Century of Song (Barbican), Hugh Masekela and the Mahotella Queens (Royal Festival Hall), Simcock meets Charnock (Purcell Room), Rudder (Charlie Wright’s), Jazz on 3 Launch (Ronnie Scott’s)
Saturday 13 November Brad Mehldau’s Highway Rider (Barbican), Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Herbie Hancock (Royal Festival Hall), Bobby Bradford Quartet plus Colin Stetson (Purcell Room), Polar Bear (Westminster Reference Library), Denys Baptiste (Kings Place), Tymon Tymanski, Leszek Mozdzer and the Polish Brass Ensemble (Jazz Café)
Sunday 14 November Marilyn Mazur: Jazz For Kids (Purcell Room), Hamid Drake and Bindu: Reggaeology Project (Baltic restaurant), Terence Blanchard Band and Robert Glasper Trio (Barbican), Palle Mikkelborg, Marilyn Mazur, Helen Davies and Mikkel Nordsoe plus Phronesis (Purcell Room), Led Bib and Get The Blessing (Vortex)
Monday 15 November Courtney Pine and Christian Scott (Royal Festival Hall), Yaron Herman Trio plus Budapest Bar (Purcell Room), Stan Tracey Quartet (606), Bojan Z (Vortex)
Tuesday 16 November Martial Solal (Wigmore Hall), Lea DeLaria (Pizza Express Jazz Club), Cleo Laine (Barbican), Empirical (Peter Parker’s club)
Wednesday 17 November Gary Burton Quartet plus Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Charles Lloyd Quartet plus Winstone/Gesing/Venier (Barbican), Nikki Yanofsky plus Brass Jaw (Purcell Room), Neil Cowley Trio (ICA), Marilyn Crispell and Raymond MacDonald (Vortex)
Thursday 18 November Paco de Lucia (Royal Festival Hall), Soweto Kinch: The New Emancipation (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Chucho Valdés and The Afro-Cuban Messengers plus Ibrahim Maalouf (Barbican), Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble (Artsdepot), Geri Allen plus Curios (Purcell Room), The Bad Plus: alone (Kings Place), Matana Roberts (Vortex), Tim Garland (606), Darcy James Argue: Secret Society (Café Oto), Ivo Neame Quartet (Olivers), Take Five Takes Over: Matthew Bourne and Seaming To (Front Room)
Friday 19 November Brass Jaw (Clore Ballroom), Jon Hendricks (Ronnie Scott’s), Louis Moholo-Moholo Seven For Seventy plus No Gossip with Keith Tippett (Purcell Room), Zed-U plus Oddjob (Vortex), Troyka (The Forge), Braindead Collective (Vortex)
Saturday 20 November An audience with Keith Tippett (Spirit Level, Royal Festival Hall), Sonny Rollins at 80 (Barbican), The Bad Plus – The Plus meet Django Bates (Kings Place), Arun Ghosh: Afrocoustics and Indovations (The Albany), Saxophone Summit with Peter King (606), The Bad Plus – late night (Kings Place), Gareth Lockrane Big Band (Spice of Life)
Sunday 21 November James Morton plus Killer Shrimp plus Omar Puente (Barbican Free Stage), Frankenstein v Dracula: Gary Lucas Plays Dracula And Dave Douglas & Keystone Re-Imagine Frankenstein (Queen Elizabeth Hall), AfroCubism (Barbican), An Evening With Juliette Gréco (Royal Festival Hall), Billy Jenkins and BBC Big Band (Purcell Room), Shabaka Hutchings Trio plus Southbound (North London Tavern)