EFG London Jazz Festival 2014




This year's EFG London Jazz Festival is just around the corner, with more acts being regularly added to the jam-packed roster

With the summer jazz festival season over, anticipation is growing for London’s annual winter jazz celebration, the EFG London Jazz Festival, with more acts being regularly added to the line-up.

Reflecting one strand focusing on piano-led jazz from Europe, in July Swiss trio Rusconi and Belgian pianist Jef Neve were confirmed to appear, along with a duet from pianists Alexander Hawkins and Marcin Masecki, who will be performing together for the first time.

Other names include veteran saxophonist Charles Lloyd, a tribute to Wayne Shorter from Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, and bassist Henri Texier with his Hope Quartet. Large-scale concerts were also confirmed from Nikki Iles with the Royal Academy of Music Big Band, Phil Meadows with his new Engines Orchestra, Robert Mitchell (pictured) with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and a centenary celebration of the life of bassist Coleridge Coode led by Gary Cosby.

These acts joined an extensive list of those already announced, which includes Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper + Jason Moran, Dave Holland, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kris Bowers, Ibrahim Maalouf, John McLaughlin, Dedication Orchestra, Chucho Valdés, John Surman, Kenny Barron, Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz, Dan Berglund, Regina Carter, Leszek Możdżer, Jane Monheit, Vinicio Capossela, The Bad Plus, The Hot Sardines, Sam Amidon, Snarky Puppy, Stefano Bollani + Hamilton de Holanda, Tomasz Stanko, Trish Clowes and Zara McFarlane.

The festival runs from 14 to 23 November 2014 at various venues across the city, with tickets for all acts available to book online at efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk, where you can also join the mailing list to be kept up to date with all the latest announcements.

Sally Evans-Darby


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