EFG renews title sponsorship, Jazz Voice stars, Rymden and Jamie Baum for EFG London Jazz Fest

The full programme for this year's EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 16 to 25 November, has been announced and includes some significant additions across concert hall, club and free stages. It was also announced at the festival launch party on Monday 17 September that the title sponsor, EFG Private Bank, has extended its partnership with the festival for a further five years until 2023.

Among the new additions to the programme are the guest vocalists for the opening night vocal-jazz gala, Jazz Voice (RFH, 16 Nov), who are Brooklyn-based jazz singer Allan Harris, UK vocalist Anthony Strong, Taj's daughter and rising vocal star Deva Mahal, Canadian chanteuse Laila Biali, Brit-soul diva Lisa Stansfield and the award-winning Zara McFarlane. They will be backed by Guy Barker's 42-piece jazz festival orchestra on bespoke arrangements of classic songs that chime with historically important musical anniversaries.

The aforementioned McFarlane will also feature as part of vibes virtuoso Orphy Robinson's jazz take on Van Morrison's classic album Astral Weeks (QEH, 19 Nov), alongside soul-jazz singer Sarah Jane Morris. There's also a welcome appearance from exciting US flautist Jamie Baum, who appears with her top-notch septet to play music from their excellent recent album Bridges, with trumpeter Amir el Saffar and British expat pianist John Escreet (Kings Place, Hall Two, 17 Nov). There's also the debut UK appearance by the new super-trio Rymden (above centre), that comprises Norwegian keyboard king Bugge Wesseltoft and former EST rhythm-section Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström, all appearing ahead of their forthcoming debut on Jazzland Records, while Led Bib bass-ace Liran Donin opens things with a set from his kinetic acoustic 1000 Boats band (QEH, 22 Nov).

Lining-up at the Southbank that same night is revered Brit saxophonist Stan Sulzmann who celebrates his 70th birthday with a concert from his Neon Orchestra, whose stellar line-up includes Henry Lowther, Mark Nightingale, Nikki Iles and Josh Arcoleo, among others (Purcell Room, 22 Nov). Further concert hall additions include an appearance by Tomorrow's Warriors Female Frontline in support of Monty Alexander (Cadogan Hall, 25 Nov); soulful-jazz-blues singer Melody Gardot with Orchestra (RFH, 25 Nov) and Mercury-nominated tabla master Talvin Singh collaborating with beatboxer Jason Singh, flautist Shriram Sampath and cellist Francesca Ter Berg (Bridge Theatre, Tower Bridge, 25 Nov).

The club programme is brimming with leading UK and international artists such as rising US vocalist Jazzmeia Horn (Ronnie Scott's, 20 Nov); heavyweight jazz drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts with esteemed guitar great Kurt Rosenwinkel (PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 20 Nov); UK-based Ugandan trumpeter Mark Kavuma (PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 22 Nov); Snarky Puppy's drummer Robert 'Sput' Searight and percussionist Nate Werth's 'conscious funk' Ghost-Note project (Ronnie Scott's, 23 Nov). Three names to watch out for include guitarist Rosie Frater-Taylor, saxophonist Quinn Oulton and collective Brothera's Testament (Waterloo Creative Studio/IKLEKTIK, 24 Nov) and the burning free-funk-into-hip hop jazz of the James Brandon Lewis Trio (Vortex, Dalston, 24 Nov).

Colleen Murphy's Classic Album Sundays series arrives at Kings Place Hall Two for a pair of intimate listening and discussion sessions featuring Dave Brubeck's Time Out, discussed by his son Darius Brubeck (2.30pm, 25 Nov), followed by a playing of Joe Harriott's Abstract, which will be discussed with saxophonist/broadcaster Soweto Kinch (4.45pm, 25 Nov). And chief among the myriad free stage concerts will be the Nordic Jazz Comets (1.45pm-7pm, FreeStage, Barbican, 25 Nov) with five new bands from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in the form of Baldvin Snær Quintet, Signe, I Just Came From The Moon, Bouncealarm! and Don-Quifive. These concerts join those already announced in Jazzwise, who is festival media partner.

Mike Flynn

For full listings and tickets visit www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

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