Preview: EFG London Jazz Festival

The EFG London Jazz Festival has announced another extensive roster of acts for its 2018 edition, including Monty Alexander and the Darius Brubeck Quartet

The 2018 EFG London Jazz Festival runs from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 November at venues across the city. As usual, it features an extensive array of performers, with the first of these, including Jazz Voices at the Barbican, having already been announced. The festival has now revealed the second set of acts for this year ranging from the BBC Concert Orchestra with turntablist Shiva Feshareki to bluegrass from the Punch Brothers.

Nine acts are included in this latest announcement. Trumpeter Dave Douglas (pictured right) brings his UPLIFT project to the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday 16 November: the band features Douglas, saxophonist Jon Irabagon and guitarist Mary Halvorson. On the same night the Punch Brothers – led by mandolinist Chris Thile – play the Barbican while Iraqi-American musician Amir ElSaffar brings his Rivers of Sound 17-piece ensemble to Kings Place.

On Sunday 18 November Shiva Feshareki and the BBC Concert Orchestra debut her new composition, commissioned for the festival, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. On 20 November at the Royal Festival Hall is a double bill: Stanley Clarke’s band and the Headhunters, featuring original members Bill Summers, Paul Jackson and Mike Clark. At Cadogan Hall the singers Leyla McCalla and Melissa Laveaux join forces for a one-off concert.

At King’s Place on Wednesday 21 November the Darius Brubeck Quartet – with Dave O’Higgins on saxes, Matt Ridley on bass and Wesley Gibbens on drums – will play the hits of Brubeck’s father Dave alongside new compositions. Bassist and composer Avishai Cohen is joined by Shai Maestro on piano and Mark Guiliana on drums on the 10th anniversary of Cohen’s album, Gently Disturbed, at the Barbican on 24 November. The last of the new acts to be announced is pianist Monty Alexander (pictured left), who plays a matinee concert (starting at 4.00pm) at Cadogan Hall on the final Sunday of the festival. Tickets for all of these concerts are now on sale from the EFG London Jazz Festival website.

Bruce Lindsay

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