Preview: EFG London Jazz Festival

The festival celebrates its 25th birthday with a programme that features new collaborations, jazz for toddlers and large-scale mass participation events

The first shows of the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival - which runs from 10-19 November at venues across the city - have been announced by festival producers Serious. The line-up includes some well-established favourites, some up-and-coming young artists and a selection of collaborations and celebrations.

The festival opens at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 10 November with Jazz Voice, the 10th appearance of this first-night concert. The 42-piece Guy Barker Big Band will play Barker's arrangements in support of a yet-to-be-announced host of jazz vocalists.

Other shows which have been announced include An Evening With Pat Metheny (also on 10 November, at the Barbican) featuring pianist Gwilym Simcock, and concerts from Marcus Miller (12 November at the Royal Festival Hall), Paolo Conte (13 November at the RFH) and the Harlem Gospel Choir (pictured below left) who appear on 17 November at the RFH. On 17 November, at the Barbican, Portuguese singer Carminho and her band perform the songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim in celebration of his 90th birthday.

The festival has also announced three special collaborations. The Average White Band join vocal trio LaSharVu - LaDonna Harley Peters, Sharlene Hector and Vula Malinga (11 November at the RFH). Phronesis and the Engines Orchestra come together to perform new music commissioned by the Cheltenham, Manchester and EFG London jazz festivals (12 November at Milton Court). Hugh Masekela joins Abdullah Ibrahim and his sextet Ekaya to celebrate their South African band from the late 50s, the Jazz Epistles (14 November at the RFH).

This year the Serious Trust is undertaking a fundraising campaign, with a £25000 target, to commission further new music for the 25th festival: the campaign is titled 25 For 25.

The rest of the festival programme - including the Learning and Participation programme which promises mass participation events and jazz for toddlers - is still to be revealed.

Further information about the EFG London Jazz Festival's 2017 programme, including the 25 For 25 campaign and the Learning and Participation programme, can be found at the festival website.

Tickets for the above shows go on sale w/c 27 February. Go to the festival website for details.

Bruce Lindsay

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