Ahead of the start next week of the fifth edition of the Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Bandstand programmer Eddie Myer previews the exciting emerging artists who'll be performing across the weekend

This year's Love Supreme line-up is the festival's most exciting and eclectic yet, with the trademark mix of big name headliners, led this year by the mighty George Benson and soul-jazz vocal star Gregory Porter, and more esoteric jazz acts, augmented for the first time this year by a new Jazz In The Round stage offering late-night sets from a range of intriguing UK performers. The Bandstand Stage was described in Jazzwise as "the jazz conscience of the Festival", and it's become a central component in maintaining this musical diversity, creating a platform for a rich mix of local talent and up-and-coming UK artists, and this year it's matching the headline stages in its eclectic appeal.

Programmed by New Generation Jazz, the ACE funded new artists project run by Jack Kendon and myself at Brighton's Verdict club, it features several of the acts who've appeared as part of the New Gen roster – precocious teen trio Zeñel (top right), sax virtuoso Alex Hitchcock (top left), and fusioneers Cesca are all young talents to watch out for in 2018, while Jake Long's Maisha are set to open the Arena Stage on Saturday.

Representing the tradition are Bobby Wellins' longtime bassist Adrian Kendon and piano master John Donaldson, who brings his tribute to Bheki Mseleku to Sunday's line-up, alongside Terry Pack's epically outsized Trees Big Band and George Trebar's cinematic Nighthawks project. New Generation are also presenting Friday's roster on the Arena stage – among them, local supertrio Howes3, crossover stars Jam Experiment and Tru Thoughts signed Afrofunksters Lakuta (above centre). Add in blues from King Size Slim, New Orleans joy from The Old Jelly Rollers, classic swing vocals from Sara Oschlag, big band vibes from Seven, Kaiyote-style nu-soul from Pocket Dragon, the Neon Saints marching band, and NY-based piano prodigy Dave Drake, and you've got a weekend of musical delights waiting to be discovered.

– Eddie Myer

For the full festival line-up and tickets visit www.lovesupremefestival.com

The fourth edition of the Ronnie Scott's International Piano Trio Festival 2017 runs from 21 to 26 August with a plethora of pianistic talent from home and abroad, across opening, main and late show sets each night. Kicking off with a 'Pianothon' featuring four of the UK's finest players, including Andrea Vicari, James Pearson, Lyle Barton and Gary Husband, all leading their trios before combining for a collective blues piano bash (21 Aug). Prodigious Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco's Trio (below) kick off the following night with her latin-jazz meets classical style, while the main show (the first of two nights) features Amsterdam's technically dazzling, wryly witty Tin Men and the Telephone (above), whose stylistic mash-ups are amplified with their extraordinary use of their own custom smart-phone app and a large video screen, which allows the audience to interact with the group's live performance, for a unique high-wire improv experience (22 Aug). Recent winners of the Bremen Jazz Award, Trio Elf, open the following night with their buzz-generating blend of freely flowing improv, hip hop and drum'n'bass ahead of Tin Men's second show (23 Aug).

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Dutch pianist Peter Beets and his Trio open the following night with his acclaimed 'Chopin Meets the Blues' set, which joins the dots between the composer's love of chromaticism and 'blue' notes and improvisation. This is also the first night of two headline appearances (24-25 Aug) by Nordic piano prince Tord Gustavsen (below) and his trio of bassist Sigurd Hole and drummer Jarle Vespestad, who draw on the pianist's many huge-selling ECM albums, for a very rare club showing from the band. The second night's opening set will feature London-based Cygnus Flare, led by Armenian pianist Arman Vardanyan with bassist David Horler and drummer Caroline Scott, playing nimble-fingered originals inspired by Tigran and the Chick Corea Elektric Band.

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The final double bill of the week (26 Aug) features an opening set from Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon, who brings both contemplative Scandinavian moods and bristling technicality to the club, while it's US pianist Eric Lewis, aka ELEW, who tops the bill with his powerful 'rockjazz' project, which sees him reinterpreting material by Radiohead and Nirvana, spiked with jazz improv and no shortage of showmanship. The week will be completed by a series of Late Show sets yet to be announced.

– Mike Flynn

For full details visit www.ronniescotts.co.uk

Following the success of the inaugural Blue Note at Sea cruise which took place earlier this year, dates have just been announced for the 2018 cruise which will sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 27 January to 3 February featuring a world class roster of jazz names, including headliners Marcus Miller (above), Chick Corea, Charles Lloyd and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Blue Note at Sea was conceived as a 'nautical musical collaboration' between the Blue Note record label, Blue Note Jazz Clubs and Entertainment Cruise Productions, who have been producing jazz cruises for 17 years: a combination that Blue Note President and record producer Don Was called, "the dream team of jazz at sea." The 2018 event on board the Celebrity Summit cruise ship will depart from Ft. Lauderdale and sail around the Caribbean Islands, stopping off at Labadee in Haiti; St Thomas in the Virgin Islands; San Juan island and Coco Cay in the Bahamas, with full opportunities to visit each destination.

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The host and musical director once again will be Marcus Miller who will also perform, and artists booked so far include Chick Corea, Charles Lloyd and The Marvels featuring Bill Frisell, Dee Dee Bridgewater and her band, David Sanborn (above) with the house band featuring Wycliffe Gordon, Geoff Keezer, Ben Williams and Billy Kilson, Hammond organ king-pin Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lalah Hathaway and her band, singer Leslie Odom Jr. and Robert Glasper, who will also be appearing with the Blue Note All Stars, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott. Performances will take place each afternoon and evening in the ship's main theatre, the open-air stage, late night shows and jam sessions in the Blue Note jazz club and shows at other intimate venues throughout the ship.

In addition, Don Was will introduce many events and, alongside Marcus Miller, will host interview sessions with a number of the main performers, while Steve Bensusan of Blue Note Jazz Clubs will host the club's late night performances and comedian Alonzo Bodden will bring his hilarious and highly topical show to the ship's Main Lounge. The organisers point out that the Blue Note cruise is more than a series of jazz concerts at sea and will give guests a unique opportunity to see the musicians play in relaxed informal settings, and provide opportunities to meet and hang with them when available throughout the week. Entertainment Cruise Productions have come up with an exclusive package of special offers for Jazzwise readers on the Blue Note at Sea cruise, as well as ECP's other event, Jazz Cruise: All our Jazz and a Taste of New Orleans, which runs from Fort Lauderdale from 3-10 February.

– Jon Newey

Visit www.bluenoteatsea.com/jazzwise for booking details including prices inclusive of top quality dining, all concerts, itineraries, services and special offers, together with photo galleries of the previous cruise.

A raft of new concert hall additions have been announced for this year's 25th anniversary EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 10 to 19 November. Swelling the programme's headliners will be an eagerly anticipated brass-heavy meeting between great Brit-jazz multi-reedist John Surman and composer John Warren on material from their recently released 'lost album', The Traveller's Tale, performed live by an all-star UK band (Kings Place, 12 Nov). Other large scale additions include an interstellar trip through the music of Alice and John Coltrane on a triple bill of free-blowing sax firebrand Pharoah Sanders' Quartet, top UK saxophonist Denys Baptiste's The Late Trane band and harpist Alina Bzhezhinska's Quartet with Tony Kofi (18 Nov). Adventurous string ensemble Britten Sinfonia team up with Swiss polyrhythmic pianist Nik Bärtsch (Wigmore Hall, 17 Nov) and there's a thrumming guitar summit from the massed six-strings of Chico and the Gypsies featuring original members of the Gypsy Kings (Royal Festival Hall, 18 Nov).

A triumvirate of vocalists appear at Cadogan Hall and include the sophisticated jazz-meets-samba sounds of Eliane Elias (14 Nov), jazzified Motown-songs from Dee Dee Bridgewater (16 Nov) and the witty culinary critic turned jazz-pianist Jay Rayner's Quartet (17 Nov). There's New Orleans jazz-funk from Trombone Shorty (Shepherd's Bush Empire, 13 Nov); gospel-fired fusion from Snarky Puppy keys master Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles (KOKO, 14 Nov) and heavy-jams from West Coast Get Down bass ace Miles Mosley (Islington Assembly Hall, 12 Nov). Cutting-edge sounds continue at two nights programmed by hip-and-happening music agency The Good Music Company (Rich Mix, 16 and 18 Nov), the first sees two NYC jazztronica collectives squaring up in the form of keyboardist Jason Lindner's Now Vs Now and the bombastic Kneebody, while the second features a triple bill two New York name and one Norwegian newcomer, with BIGYUKI, Butcher Brown and ROHEY all vying for attention.

Further additions include brilliant Quincy Jones piano protégé Justin Kauflin's Trio on a double-bill with finely poised trumpet/guitar duo Airelle Besson and Vincent Segal (Wigmore Hall, 16 Nov) and a rare concert hall appearance by celebrated US pianist Fred Hersch and his Trio at Hall One, Kings Place (18 Nov). The centenary year of iconic pianist and composer Thelonious Monk is marked with two concerts, the first a theatrical evocation of his life and music, entitled MONK MISTERIOSO – a journey into the silence of Thelonious Monk (Kings Place Hall 2, 18 Nov), written by prominent Italian writer Stefano Benni whose Theatralia brings together a stellar cast of vocalist Filomena Campus, Cleveland Watkiss, Pat Thomas, Rowland Sutherland, Dudley Phillips and Mark Mondesir. While the Monk-A-Thon (Cadogan Hall, 19 Nov) sees pianist Jonathan Gee and altoist Tony Kofi lead a top UK band through Monk's timeless songbook and a second half appearance by renowned trumpeter/arranger and Strata East label founder Charles Tolliver who will lead an 11-piece ensemble, playing music from Monk's legendary 1959 Town Hall concert which Tolliver himself attended. And finally there's a guitar-led freestage workshop and concert, A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World..., led by top UK axe-slinger Chris Montague taking place at the Southbank Centre's Clore Ballroom (4.30pm, 18 Nov).

These shows join 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 Stanko'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

Set against the lush tropical gardens that stretch down from the Borneo Jazz Festival stage to a palm-fringed white sand beach where the delicate oud-sounding curlicues of Chung YuFeng's Chinese lute-like pipa spin fleetingly around Michael Simon's plangent flugelhorn, it's hard not to concur with the knowing words of keyboard player and bandleader Idang Rasjidi, the erstwhile godfather of Indonesian jazz: "America does not own jazz anymore, the world now owns it." A remark that hits the spot with all the power and accuracy of an Iban headhunter's deadly blowpipe given the unique multi-cultural musical vibrancy of this magical boutique festival, now in its 12th year.

Artistic director Jun Lin Yeoh programmes groups from the increasingly strong Malaysian and Indonesian jazz scene alongside a highly eclectic mix of mainly emerging ensembles from around the world. And you don't get more much eclectic than the Fluoroscent Collective whose eight young members hail from Malaysia, Borneo, India, Italy and America and who are all currently studying at Berklee. With influences ranging from Miles Davis to Snarky Puppy, their vibrant jazz/prog/world is clearly a formative work in progress with edgy Holdsworth/Zappa influenced guitarist Alief Hamdan a name to watch. Originally formed over 40 years ago South Africa's Cape Jazz Band brought their bouncy mix of mainstream and funky jazz to a highpoint with a township-style intro to a moody 'What's Goin' On', while the potent Creole blues of the French/Guadaloupe trio Delgres, fronted by guitarist Pascal Danae's stinging bottleneck and Rafgee Gouthiere's pumping sousaphone comes on like John Lee Hooker meets Ali Farka Toure in Congo Square. Afro-Cuban bands are a regular feature at this festival and the Netherlands based Cabocuba Jazz, whose players come from Cuba, Holland, and Cape Verde, bring a bristling set of Cuban, fado and salsa to boiling point fronted by spirited pianist Carlos Matos and the inventive, skittering congas and percussion of Nils Fisher.

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A big hit of the second night, Canadian singer and pianist Laila Biali prowls the hinterland between jazz and singer-songwriter with confidence and poise, occasionally channeling Joni Mitchell and Carole King but equally strong on her own compositions and dynamic, classically-tinged improvisation. Her dramatic down-tempo rearrangement of Bowie's 'Let's Dance', with expressive accompaniment by her strong rhythm section, should be a passport to bigger things.

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In many ways though it was both Michael Simon's Asian Collective and the Idang Rasjidi Syndicate who echoed the region's atmosphere and heat with two contrasting yet compelling performances that point towards a fascinating future for Southeast Asian jazz. Simon's group fuse bewitching Indonesian and Chinese folk traditions with an impressionistic acoustic/electric Steps Ahead feel, while the clue to Rasjidi's prime influence lies in his group's name. This is not latter day Zawinul though but the early 1970s edgy drive of Weather Report. Rasjidi's gritty Fender Rhodes and edgy analogue effects push and prod the Indonesian-flecked themes while Iwan Wiradireja's unrelenting polyrhythmic drive across congas, djembe and rapid-fire bongo accents fuel the top line's intense improvisation. Like several groups throughout the weekend, ethnic percussion plays a vital role in freeing and uplifting the rhythmic spirit, and is a unique musical signature of both the Borneo Jazz Festival and its sister event, the Rainforest World Music Festival held in July.

– Jon Newey

– Photos courtesy Sarawak Tourism Board - Laila Biali (top), Michael Simons Asian Collective (middle) and Idang Rasjidi Syndicate (bottom)

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