Sanborn, Bley added to London Jazz Festival

David Sanborn (with Bob James), Carla Bley and Ketil Bjørnstad feature in the second wave of artists announced for the 2013 London Jazz Festival

The next batch of acts booked for this year's London Jazz Festival (15 to 24 November) have now been announced, with highlights including David Sanborn (pictured), Carla Bley and Geri Allen.

David Sanborn, renowned for his influential soul-jazz saxophone style, will play a set with pianist Bob James for the first time in the UK on Saturday 16 November. The pair will present a tribute to another piano-saxophone duo: Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond. They will also be supported by pianist Zoe Rahman (see JJ’s recent review) and drummer Steve Gadd.

On Sunday 17 November, the trio of Geri Allen (piano), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) and Esperanza Spalding (bass) will play at the Barbican. Described as “a show of jazz fealty as disorienting as it was riveting” by New York’s Village Voice in January 2012, the trio will perform in London for the first time at LJF. Their set pays tribute to the music of Wayne Shorter, who plays the Barbican later that evening as part of his 80th birthday celebrations.

Wednesday 20 November will see a tribute to the late Abram Wilson performed by his friends and fellow bandmates, including Reuben James (piano), Dave Hamblett (drums) and Alex Davies (bass). The set will also include guest performers such as Jason Marsalis and Keith Loftus.

On Thursday 21 November, Norwegian pianist Ketil Bjørnstad will pay tribute to painter Edvard Munch in “The Story of Edvard Munch”, which will draw on the events of Munch’s life to create a musical and personal portrait of the artist.

Pianist Carla Bley will close the festival on Sunday 24 November at the Wigmore Hall, joined by Steve Swallow (bass) and Andy Sheppard (saxophone). The trio, who have collaborated together over the last few years, will make a rare UK appearance at the LJF.

Tickets for these and other acts already announced are on sale now (except 31 May for Carla Bley). Visit for full details.

Sally Evans-Darby

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