Preview: More LJF shows announced

The EFG London Jazz Festival has announced a third group of concerts and events for the 2018 festival, with Archie Shepp and Bill Frisell among the artists

The third group of concerts and events to be announced by the London Jazz Festival - which runs from 16 to 25 November - includes major international jazz stars, special performances, debut appearances and celebrations. Jazz Journal has already previewed the first and second announcements.

The festival has announced 12 new shows. Bill Frisell will present Guitar In The Space Age!, his homage to pop and the Fender Telecaster, at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 18 November (at 5.30pm). Archie Shepp (pictured right by Jan Kricke) will appear on 19 November at the Barbican, with a band including Hamid Drake and Carleen Anderson. Two celebratory gigs will take place on the opening weekend. Trinidadian/British performer Anthony Joseph will be joined by saxophonist and composer Jason Yarde and others for Windrush: A Celebration at the Barbican on 17 November, while on the following evening, at the Royal Festival Hall, there will be a celebration of the life and music of Hugh Masekela - The Boy's Doin' It.

Concerts by UK-based acts have also been announced. Saxophonist Camilla George and her band will appear at the Purcell Room on Friday 23 November, with a support set from George's pianist, Sarah Tandy. At Cadogan Hall on 21 November, the James Taylor Quartet plus orchestra will perform a one-off concert based on Taylor's latest album. Phronesis will perform at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 23 November, sharing the bill with an acoustic version of Norwegian band Supersilent, which will be making its UK debut. Keyboardist, composer and improviser Kit Downes (pictured left) will play a solo organ concert at the Royal Festival Hall at lunchtime on 23 November and on 24 November at the Purcell Room vocalist Sarah Jane Morris will perform a show devoted to the music of John Martyn.

Concerts from singer Kandace Springs, accordionist Richard Galliano (playing solo) and a Latin jazz night at the Barbican - titled Jazz Cubano - complete this latest announcement.

For more information and ticket bookings please go to the EFG London Jazz Festival website.

Bruce Lindsay

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