EFG London Jazz Festival, 2019
November 15 - November 24
A highlight in UK capital’s music calendar, the EFG London Jazz Festival is held each November.
To some of us, November in the capital means one thing – the EFG London Jazz Festival. Over 10 days, this is a matchless opportunity to hear some of the scene’s top names and experience the newest jazz from around the globe. It all takes place in more than 60 venues, from big halls to packed basements, and there are film screenings, free events and workshops open to everyone.
The London Jazz Festival takes place from 15-24 November and opens in grand style with the gala Jazz Voice, that sees Guy Barker’s 42-piece orchestra provide a setting for singers yet to be announced.
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The legendary Herbie Hancock will play the London Barbican on 17 November, with Chrissie Hynde playing the Royal Festival Hall on 24 November with the Valve Bon Woe Ensemble.
Other confirmed acts include The Art Ensemble of Chicago (see above) Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED Ensemble, Calexico (see below), Dan Tepfer, Marius Neset, Omar Puente and friends, Ashley Henry, Corinne Bailey Rae, Cleveland Watkiss, Makaya McCraven, Christian Scott and Lucia Cadotsch.
There are over 350 shows in total and the breadth of style is daunting.
If you can’t make it to London, then why not try out the Jazz Brugge Festival instead.
The London Jazz Festival is from 15-24 November
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Words By Robert Spellman, additional information from Mark Bibby Jackson. Cover image of Makaya McCraven.