Preview: 2015 EFG London Jazz Festival

The 2015 EFG London Jazz Festival promises another extensive lineup of top performers at venues across the city during November

The full programme for this year's festival, which will run from 13 to 22 November, is still to be revealed but early announcements indicate that the range of artists will be as diverse and as intriguing as in past years. Artists set to appear include James Farm (the quartet formed by Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland), the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Sons Of Kemet, the Average White Band, Kokomo, the Steve Gadd Band and the David Virelles Quartet.

Saxophonist Andy Sheppard (pictured) will present his new ECM album, Surrounded By Sea and The Jazz Repertory Company will present Paul Whiteman: The King Of Jazz with Guy Barker as Bix Beiderbecke. The Jazz Family All Stars, featuring singer Juliet Kelly, will play a couple of hour-long daytime shows at the artsdepot which are billed as "Perfect for all ages, from toddlers to grannies." A new festival venue, St John-At-Hackney, will host what the festival describes as a site-specific "avant-garde visual show" by Hidden Orchestra.

The 2015 programme includes a strong contingent of vocalists: Cassandra Wilson (performing songs from Coming Forth By Day, her recently-released tribute album to Billie Holiday), Kurt Elling (as part of the EFG Excellence Series), Cecile McLorin Salvant, David McAlmont and Melody Gardot will all feature. The festival will open on 13 November with its signature gala event, Jazz Voice, at the Barbican: this year's performers are still to be announced but past guests have spanned genres from jazz to pop, R&B and soul.

The festival is produced once again by UK jazz and new music producers Serious. Major London venues such as Cadogan Hall, the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall will host some of the biggest names, with clubs and arts venues including Ronnie Scott's, Rich Mix and (for the first time) Under The Bridge also presenting festival events.

Tickets for the 2015 EFG London Jazz Festival are now on sale from the festival website.

Text and photo by Bruce Lindsay

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