Preview: EFG London Jazz Festival update




The EFG London Jazz Festival has announced another nine shows for 2016, including Robert Glasper, Norma Winstone and Bobby McFerrin

Festival producers Serious have announced a second wave of acts for this year's EFG London Jazz Festival, to add to the shows already revealed and previewed on the Jazz Journal website.

Jazz Voice is once again the festival's opening gala event. It's becoming a perennial favourite at the London Jazz Festival - this is its ninth appearance. Once again, the singers (still to be announced) will appear with the 42-piece EFG London Jazz Festival Orchestra, with arrangements by Guy Barker, but this year the event moves to the Royal Festival Hall.

Also featured is a tribute to Norma Winstone, to celebrate her 75th birthday; Bobby McFerrin in a concert of George Gershwin compositions; saxophonist Marius Neset with the London Sinfonietta; and three concerts over two days from keyboardist and composer Bugge Wesseltoft.

Robert Glasper (pictured left by Bruce Lindsay) returns to the festival. This year he'll perform with the Robert Glasper Experiment, his electric band which will also feature a DJ. On the festival's final evening, 20 November, Madeleine Peyroux will perform in a trio setting at the Royal Festival Hall.

The full list of newly-announced shows is as follows:

Jazz Voice - Friday 11 November - Royal Festival Hall

Robert Glasper Experiment - Tuesday 15 November - KOKO

Norma Winstone: A Celebration - Wednesday 16 November - Cadogan Hall

Bobby McFerrin Sings Gershwin (with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Bill Charlap Trio) - Wednesday 16 November - Barbican

MIX: London Sinfonietta and Marius Neset - Friday 18 November - LSO St Luke's

Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conceptions Of Jazz - Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November - Kings Place

Dhafer Youssef - Saturday 19 November - Barbican

Les Diaboliques (Joëlle Léandre, Maggie Nicols, Irène Schweizer) - Saturday 19 November - Kings Place

Madeleine Peyroux - Sunday 20 November - Royal Festival Hall

For further information and ticket purchases go to the EFG London Jazz Festival website.

Bruce Lindsay


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