Iconic jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock has just been confirmed for two nights at this year's 25th edition of the EFG London Jazz Festival, appearing at the Barbican on 13 and 14 November. Touring the European jazz festival circuit this summer, which includes a headline performance at this coming weekend's Love Supreme Jazz Festival on 1 July, Hancock has been premiering new material with a band featuring emergent sax/keys man Terrace Martin plus longstanding bandmembers such as guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist James Genus and drum heavyweight Vinnie Colaiuta. This will be Hancock's first appearance in London since his spirited duo concerts with Chick Corea in 2015, and precedes the release of his much anticipated new studio album that is rumoured to feature contributions from Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Robert Glasper and Jacob Collier. Tickets for these London dates will be on-sale from 10am this Friday 30 June.

This show joins those already announced in Jazzwise (media partners of the festival), which include Pat Metheny Quartet (Barbican, 10 Nov); Jazz Voice (RFH, 10 Nov); Keith Tippett Octet with Matthew Bourne (Kings Place, 10 Nov), Michael Janisch Quartet with Rez Abbasi, Henry Spencer's Juncture, Zhenya Strigalev Trio (Rich Mix, 10 Nov); Tomasz Stańko's New York Quartet (Cadogan Hall, 10 Nov); Zakir Hussain's Crosscurrents with Dave Holland and Chris Potter (Barbican, 11 Nov); Average White Band + LaSharVu (RFH, 11 Nov); Andy Sheppard Quartet (Kings Place, 11 Nov); Brad Mehldau/Chris Thile (Barbican, 12 Nov); Roland Perrin Trio with the Blue Planet Orchestra (Barbican, matinee performance, 12 Nov); Led Bib, Schnellertollermeier and WorldService Project (Rich Mix, 12 Nov); Marcus Miller (RFH, 12 Nov); Richard Pite's 1957: A Jazz Jukebox (Cadogan Hall, 12 Nov); Knower (Scala, 13 Nov); Paolo Conte (RFH, 13 Nov); Abdullah Ibrahim/Hugh Masekela Jazz Epistles (RFH, 14 Nov) and Terrence Blanchard with the BBC Concert Orchestra (Barbican, 19 Nov), among many others.

– Mike Flynn

Full listings and tickets at www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

Ciro-Portrait-1-2The Love Supreme jazz festival enters its fifth year as a unique, fixed point in the UK jazz calendar. Reviving the lost tradition of green-field jazz gatherings, it again brings together the cutting-edge names of the moment with more mainstream jazz, soul and funk acts, in the unbeatable downland setting of Glynde Place, East Sussex. As the festival's director Ciro Romano (pictured) tells Jazzwise, though, Love Supreme's first year was almost its last.

"We lost a lot of money the first year – I mean a lot!" he laughs ruefully. "It was definitely touch and go." The day was saved by Nile Rodgers' Chic, booked before a career revival capped by his televised Glastonbury triumph the week before Love Supreme. This "massive stroke of luck" accounted for 25 per cent of that year's 10,500 attendance. "It gave everyone hope for the festival. Usually, the plug would have been pulled, with the numbers that we lost."

Romano's original vision was inspired by attending Rotterdam's massive, indoor North Sea Jazz festival in 2011, with its mix of top names from jazz and its more commercial borders. He wanted to adapt this to a "classic British camping festival", allowing a "communal" experience. "Everyone said jazz people don't camp, it's not a big enough market. And on paper, it didn’t make sense. There aren’t any jazz acts playing the O2.”

Whether by luck or intuition, though, Love Supreme was perfectly placed to plug into vibrant new jazz movements, which have surged overground since its start. “The most interesting acts are playing out and engaging more, they look different,” Romano says. “A lot of the smarter acts embrace the new, and different textures from other genres, with jazz as the core. What's happened since we started in 2013, and I like to think we're partly responsible, is that the amount of interesting jazz- and jazz-inspired acts playing 1,000-2,000-capacity venues has increased hugely. GoGo Penguin, Sons of Kemet and Shabaka Hutchings' stuff generally and Kamasi Washington have expanded the audience a lot. When we booked Snarky Puppy in 2013, they were playing to 200-300 in London, now it's 5,000-6,000 at Brixton Academy. There's no way that would have happened five years ago."

This year's Saturday headliners, The Jacksons, though, like past names such as Grace Jones, draw complaints that Love Supreme simply isn't jazz enough. "Our booking criteria has never changed," Romano argues. "A main stage with more mainstream soul and funk to bring in the casual, local audience, a big top with more classic jazz for the core audience, and the Arena for edgier, developing stuff, to bring in a younger audience for whom jazz is a vibrant thing. From the beginning, we've tried to bring together different tribes. We spend a lot of time on the interlinking of it all."

Attendance will be around 28,000 in 2017, more than doubling its near disastrous debut. Such setbacks, like the last-minute switch from its intended location on the beautiful but wind-blasted downland peak of Devil's Dyke, are in the past. Six fields are earmarked for further expansion. The odds Love Supreme has beaten are even shown by its name, which so perfectly evokes its ethos.

"Not everyone thought that at the time!" Romano laughs. "We live in this world where everyone knows who John Coltrane is. Actually, most people don't, and they certainly don't know the spiritual element of that particular record [A Love Supreme]. The more sniffy jazz fans are aghast at our use of it. The only worse thing would have been the Kind of Blue festival!" Such barracking came from both sides. "I was under huge pressure to take out the words 'jazz festival' after the first year. And I had to keep saying, 'We're nothing, if we're not that.'"

– Nick Hasted

– Photo of Ciro Romano by Johann Perry

The Love Supreme Jazz Festival takes place from 30 June to 2 July - for line-up, info and tickets visit www.lovesupremefestival.com

oli

British soul-jazz singer/pianist Oli Rockberger is set to release his new album, Sovereign, on 20 October on the Whirlwind Recordings label. Rockberger has recently relocated to London after an extended stay in the US where he toured and recorded extensively with the likes of Carly Simon, John Mayer, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker, Steve Jordan, Nathan East, Becca Stevens, Louis Cole and Chris Dave's Drumhedz.

The keyboardist now divides his time between touring with Jazz FM Award-winning singer Laura Mvula and leading his own band, which for several UK dates to support the album release features drummer Marijus Aleksa, guitarist Giorgio Serci, vocalist/fiddler Hannah Read and bassist Michael Janisch. Dates are: Soundcellar, Poole (12 Oct); The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (18 Oct); Pizza Express Jazz Club, High Holborn (19-20 Oct) and EFG London Jazz Festival @ Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho (14 Nov).

Ahead of all that Jazzwise has an exclusive first look at the live video for 'My Old Life' 

For more info visit www.whirlwindrecordings.com/oli-rockberger

umbrellas of cherbourg

An unmissable special screening of the 1964 French New Wave jazz musical classic Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) with an exclusive 'live' jazz performance will take place next Sunday 2 July at the Cine Lumiere in Kensington. The film will be preceded by a 'live' set by the highly acclaimed London-based contemporary jazz singer Brigitte Beraha alongside her regular duo partner, the pianist John Turville. Beraha will offer her own unique interpretation of the Michel Legrand soundtrack, which will feature jazz standards such as 'I Will Wait for You' and 'Watch What Happens'. Those readers who have followed Beraha's recording career to date might already know that she also sings in the French language, having spent her childhood in Monaco.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A chaired by the International Sight & Sound film magazine journalist Michael Brooke with Brigitte Beraha and Jazzwise writer and Jazz on Film Records Selwyn Harris on the panel.

A visually intoxicating cinematic masterpiece starring Catherine Deneuve (pictured), Demy's popular musical opera featuring the legendary jazz pianist Michel Legrand's memorable soundtrack won the 1964 Palme d'Or in Cannes and was nominated for an Oscar. The film also celebrates Michel Legrand's 85th birthday as he arrives for a special performance at the Sevenoaks Jazz Festival on 6 July. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was one of the key inspirations behind the jazz-loving film director Damien Chazelle's Oscar-winning La La Land, as featured in Jazzwise's Jazz on Film column in May 2017.

The event kicks off with live music at 4.20pm and is produced by Offbeat, a 'Jazz on Film' event's organiser that previously run the recent screening events for Round Midnight and Lift to the Scaffold in conjunction with the Cine Lumiere.

– Mike Flynn

For more info and tickets visit www.institut-francais.org.uk

It's been four years since Sonny Rollins, 86, last took to the stage, but the Newk remains as newsworthy as ever. Last month it was announced that the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in his birthplace of Harlem, had purchased Rollins' extensive archives, featuring unreleased material from the 1970s and 1980s and reams of reams of notes. A special tribute concert at this year's Monterey Jazz Festival will feature his great peer and sometime collaborator Jimmy Heath, along with Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis and Joshua Redman.

Earlier this year, New York native Jeff Caltabiano launched a campaign to rename the Williamsburg Bridge, connecting Manhattan's Lower East Side with Brooklyn, in Rollins' honour. The saxophonist famously used the crossing as an impromptu rehearsal space during his three-year sabbatical before his 1962 comeback album called, of course, The Bridge.

The man himself has yet to come out in support of the move, but various boldface names in the contemporary US jazz scene have got behind the campaign, including Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Matt Wilson and Rudresh Mahanthappa. New York already has a Duke Ellington Boulevard and Miles Davis Way, and Caltabiano is confident that he can now add to the city's civic tributes. "I strongly believe it's not a question of if but when. The thousands of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists that cross the bridge each day should know that they're crossing Sonny Rollins' bridge, a sacred space in music history."

Proposals are set to be presented to New York City Council later this year, which will then need to be approved by the mayor, Bill de Blasio, rumoured to be a big Clash and Bob Marley fan, though no word on any jazz leanings.

"The renaming is the highest priority, but ultimately we'd also love to also have a statue of Sonny on the bridge playing to the 'open sky'," says Caltabiano. "It's a long process and a lot of work, but if Sonny Rollins has taught us anything it's that it takes a lot of hard work to get where you want to be."

– Matt Barker

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