Jazz Voice - grand opening gala

LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road


Guy Barker and the EFG London Jazz Festival Orchestra always create a  superb setting for an array of great singers and some surprise guests, but this year has knocked the ball out of the park.

What we can tell you is that Corinne Bailey Rae agreed to take part in Jazz Voice after selling out her own Southbank Centre show, Cécile McLorin Salvant is coming in early to sing a couple of songs before doing her own show at the Barbican, stunning young talent Matthew Whitaker and eclectic, young vocal collective Urban Flames will bring in their fresh touch and Raul Midón, Judi Jackson and Jazz FM’s Vocalist of the Year Cherise Adams-Burnett are all on board - so it’s already an unmissable line-up, hosted by Jumoké Fashola

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Witness the incredible vocal artistry and magnetic onstage persona of the multiple Grammy Award-winning artist of whom Wynton Marsalis said ‘you get a singer like this once in a generation or two.' 

Cherise Adams-Burnett

With a passion for soul and neo-soul and a great appreciation for the tradition of jazz vocalists, Adams-Burnett’s unique delivery has won plaudits and drawn invitations for high profile collaborations.

Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne has always loved jazz - she received a Grammy for her work on Herbie Hancock's album The River
- and now that her own show in the Festival has packed out, she's delighted that Guy Barker has invited her to take part in Jazz Voice

Jalen N'Gonda

Fresh from opening for Beverley Knight, Jalen brings his soulful voice and falsetto mastery to Jazz Voice

Judi Jackson
Mentored by Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Judi Jackson was introduced to the world of music through the Jefferson Centre’s Music Lab in her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. It was here she met Wynton Marsalis, and opened for Mavis Staples, which sparked her development as a jazz vocalist and performer.

Matthew Whitaker (on piano)

The 18 year-old sensation, and 2019 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award winner, brings his magic on the keys. The LA Times said his performance ‘inspired spontaneous dancing and a standing ovation.  As a student of great piano masters, he has quickly identified the buttons that resonate with a crowd looking for a good time.’

Raul Midón

Midón – dubbed an ‘eclectic adventurist’ by People magazine – has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers. Guardian said ‘a lovely voice, a beautifully controlled tenor that can express anything from tenderness to passion’. He has had back-to-back Grammy Nominations in the Best Vocal Jazz Album category.  

Urban Flames

The 22-piece vocal collective was started two years ago by Urban  Development, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to nurturing the  musical talents of young people – they perform original works, and have  performed at the Royal Albert Hall and the Hackney Empire - expect raw  energy, enthusiasm and excitement

This event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

  • ‘ 'A parade of wonderful jazz singers, backed by a luxuriantly big orchestra, singing two dozen or so of the greatest popular songs ever written. It’s a sure-fire recipe for bliss.' ’
    (★★★★☆ The Telegraph)
  • ‘ 'It would be difficult to imagine a more impressive curtain-raiser to the EFG London Jazz Festival than Jazz Voice' ’
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