First acts named for London Jazz Festival




The first slew of names announced for this year's London Jazz Festival includes Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and Madeleine Peyroux. The festival also has a new headline sponsor - Swiss-based bank EFG, the "Private Bank for Jazz"

Celebrating its 21st year this autumn, the annual London Jazz Festival will take place from 15 to 24 November 2013.

Backed by new headline sponsor EFG, who call it "one of the foremost international music festivals", the festival, now branded the EFG London Jazz Festival, promises to deliver its usual diverse and popular programme.

Tickets for the first 13 events went on sale yesterday, with names including Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Madeleine Peyroux, Gilad Atzmon and Brad Mehldau. More acts are to be announced in the coming weeks and months.

The festival's perennial curtain-raiser, Jazz Voice, will kickstart proceedings on Friday 15 November, with a 40-piece orchestra and singers conducted by Guy Barker. Sunday 17 November then sees Wayne Shorter return to the Barbican, playing both with his quartet and with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Sonny Rollins will play the Royal Albert Hall for the first time on 18 November, followed by Tigran Hamasyan and Elina Duni on 19 November and Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana on 21 November.

Gilad Atzmon has also been announced for 21 November, along with Madeleine Peyroux on 24 November, both playing at the Southbank Centre.

Other shows announced include Arild Andersen with his new quintet featuring Tommy Smith (Andersen and Smith pictured by Forrige Neste), John McLaughlin with Zakir Hussain plus a set from the Alex Schlippenbach trio featuring Evan Parker.

Tickets to these and other early-bird events can be booked at londonjazzfestival.org.uk.

Sally Evans-Darby


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