A jazz spring at the Barbican

Ahmad Jamal, Bobby McFerrin, Avishai Cohen and Charles Lloyd are to play at the Barbican next spring, as part of the venue's Spring 2013 Contemporary Events season

Avishai CohenThe spring programme at the Barbican Centre, London features a raft of jazz artists, many performing music from their new albums to be released in 2013.

Percussive vocalist Bobby McFerrin will perform at the Barbican on 3 March; his new album, SpiritYouAll, mixes blues, soul and gospel to create a sound that pays tribute to the American spiritual.

On 8 February Ahmad Jamal will play a set of exploratory jazz piano music, performing tracks from his new album Blue Moon which features Reginald Veal (bass), Herlin Riley (drums) and Manolo Badrena (percussion).

The Charles Lloyd Quartet plays on 28 April, in celebration of the saxophonist's 75th birthday. They're joined by Greek vocalist Maria Farantouri for an evening of stylistically wide-ranging jazz creativity.

On 7 May, Israeli bassist and composer Avishai Cohen (pictured) plays at the Barbican with a string ensemble, as part of his new project "Avishai Cohen and Strings", which mixes classical chamber music with jazz.

The spring programme also features other jazz-inspired events such as El Gusto, a 25-strong orchestra combining jazz and chanson, and Sweet Honey In The Rock, a celebration of blues, jazz, gospel and reggae.

To find out more about the Barbican's spring programme and to book tickets, visit the Barbican online.

Sally Evans-Darby

Photos by Ammar Abd Rabbo and Paul Watts

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