Guitarist Alex Munk returns in emphatic style with his hard-driving band, Flying Machines, as they prepare to release their second album New Life on 18 October on Ubuntu Music. Featuring Munk's fiery and lyrical playing with a top-notch band including bassist Conor Chaplin, keyboardist Matt Robinson and drummer Dave Hamblett, the album explores post-fusion grooves, electronica-tinged bass, epic soundscapes and melodic hooks in abundance. The album is launched on 22 October at Pizza Express Jazz Club, London with a further live date at Soho's Spice of Life on 25 November as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

The band head out for a UK-wide tour in 2019, dates are: Jazzlines, Birmingham (15 Mar); The Whisky Jar, Manchester (25 Mar); Wakefield Jazz (29 Mar); Derby Jazz (5 Apr); The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (25 Apr); Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (26 Apr); St Ives Jazz Club (7 May); The Spin, Oxford (19 Sep) and The Lescar, Sheffield (23 Oct).

Mike Flynn

Jazzwise is pleased to premiere the video for the first single 'New Life' - which is released on 21 September

For more info visit www.flyingmachinesband.com

The Royal Albert Hall's venue-within-a-venue, The Elgar Room, has a busy Late Night Jazz programme throughout this year's EFG London Jazz Festival. Pianist Alex Curtis' genre-hopping Sonic Brew sextet kick things off (16 Nov), with vocalist Daisy Chute, violinist Thomas Gould, six-string bass wiz Kevin Glasgow and double-drums/percussion from Jamie Murray and Sophie Alloway all combining on originals and covers from the group's forthcoming debut album, Patterns.

This is followed by acclaimed pianist Elliot Galvin (above left), of Mercury-nominated band Dinosaur, who appears with his Trio (19 Nov), while guitarist Jon Speedy leads his Afro-jazz-fusion band The Boom Yeah (20 Nov). Four emerging vocal talents complete the festival week with appearances from hotly tipped singer Cherise Adams-Burnett (above centre, 21 Nov); Sarah Vaughn and Billie Holiday-inspired Jo Harrop, who lines-up with compelling young saxophonist Alex Hitchcock (22 Nov); imaginative vocalist Fini Bearman (above right), who launches her new album, This Is Not America (23 Nov) and Australian chanteuse Karen Lane explores classics from the Great American Songbook (24 Nov).

Further late night jazz gigs include Alina Bzhezhinska (27 Sept); The MGM Musicals (4 Oct); Joanna Eden Quartet (11 Oct); The Jazz Of Dudley Moore (18 Oct) and Bahala (25 Oct). Jazzwise is media partner for the Late Night Jazz series.

Mike Flynn

 All EFG London Jazz Festival shows are available at £5 for students, under 26s and unemployed – for full details visit www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/series/late-night-jazz/

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

There's a plethora of essential jazz nights lined up at The Vortex, as the Dalston-based bastion of cutting-edge jazz gears up for its busy autumn season. Among the many highlights is The Shape of Jazz to Come, the venue's monthly new talent series that's supported by the Dave Holland and Evan Parker Fund. This month's double-header features emerging ensembles Nima and Forj (24 Sept), with next month showcasing brilliant young trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey (24 Oct), while her Nérija bandmate, saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi, leads her SEED Ensemble on 20 November. Other stand-out October gigs include an incendiary duo of iconoclastic New York saxophonist Tim Berne and powerful pianist Matt Mitchell on two rare UK shows (12 and 13 Oct); a dazzling collaboration between soul-jazz singer Chanda Rule and 81-year old piano legend Kirk Lightsey (22 Oct) and revered Brit-jazz vocalist Norma Winstone appears with the London Jazz Orchestra for a special Vortex fund-raiser (28 Oct).

In November international names visiting the club include acclaimed US bassist Stephan Crump with his group Rhombal (4 Nov) – featuring a killer line-up of Adam O'Farrill (trumpet), Ellery Eskelin (saxophone) and Kassa Overall (drums) – and the club's EFG London Jazz Festival line-up gets a dose of scorching hip hop jazz courtesy of James Brandon Lewis Trio (24 Nov). Later in the month drummer Lorraine Baker launchs her new album Eden (29 Nov), while early December sees two mesmerising nights from ambient jazz guitar guru David Torn, who plays solo and appears with the band Sonar, which features Stephan Thelen and Bernhard Wagner on tritone guitars, electric bassist Christian Kuntner and drummer Manuel Pasquinelli. There's another newly announced night under the banner of South African Jazz Fundraiser For the Vortex, featuring a superb band led by Jason Yarde and Adam Glasser with Chris Batchelor, George Crowley, Rob Luft, Steve Watts, and Tim Giles all appearing on Sunday 9 December.

– Mike Flynn

For more info on all these gigs and to book tickets visit www.vortexjazz.co.uk

The nominations have been announced for this year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards, which take place on 16 October, and for the second time are held at Pizza Express Live's Holborn jazz club. With the nominees selected via an online public vote for the awards, the shortlist was then voted upon by a selection panel of jazz musicians and music professionals from a variety of backgrounds selected for their passion for, and knowledge of, jazz. The winners, chosen by judging members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), will be announced at the awards ceremony which will include live performances and guest presenters.

Kelvin Hopkins MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG, said: "These shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 14th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honours the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are delighted to host another ceremony at Pizza Express Live and we are extremely grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event and for Peroni for sponsoring the event."

The nominees are:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Liane Carroll; Georgia Mancio; Zara McFarlane and Ian Shaw

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Rob Luft; Arun Ghosh and Ross Stanley

Jazz Album of the Year: Arun Ghosh – But Where Are You Really From?; Denys Baptiste – The Late Trane; Gareth Lockrane Big Band – Fistfight At The Barndance

Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Ezra Collective; Dinosaur; ARQ – Alison Rayner Quartet and Beats & Pieces Big Band

Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Fergus McCreadie; Sarah Tandy; Shirley Tetteh

Jazz Venue of the Year: Jazz Re:Freshed; Jazz At The Lescar and South Coast Jazz Festival

Jazz Media Award: Richard Williams; Kevin Le Gendre and Lance Liddle for Bebop Spoken Here website

Jazz Education Award: Pete Churchill; Jean Toussaint and Nikki Iles

Services to Jazz Award: Blow The Fuse – Alison Rayner and Deirdre Cartwright; Jill Rodger – Glasgow Jazz Festival; Gary
Crosby and Gill Wilde.

For more info visit www.pizzaexpresslive.com/parliamentary-jazz-awards

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