Jazz Voice

LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road


The Festival's signature glittering gala performance, where Guy Barker’s 42-piece orchestra teams up with some of today’s most individual vocalists in a spectacular celebration of singing and song, hosted by Jumoké Fashola

Mariza will join the bill bringing her iconic Fado sound to the show, ahead of her full festival show featuring her new and highly acclaimed album Mariza.

Orange is the New Black’s ‘Big Boo’ Lea Delaria takes to the stage as she 'swings hard, and scats and bends notes in a style that suggests a no-frills Betty Carter on steroids.' (The New York Times). Again, she has another show later in the festival at the Bridge Theatre.

This year's singers also include Lisa Stansfield, 'a tour de force' (Guardian)with a four decade career and hits such as 'All Around The World' and 'The Real Thing', brings her powerful voice to the EFG London Jazz Festival's opening gala.

She'll be joined by Canadian jazz vocalist Laila Biali, who has worked with the likes of Chris Botti and Sting, Allan Harris, who New York Times describes as a 'formidable baritone with husky edges and deep resonant low notes' as well as Deva Mahal fresh off the success of her debut EP and London shows last year.

Also on the line-up is Anthony Strong, hailed as 'a new, genuine, male jazz singer' by BBC Radio 3, and MOBO winner Zara McFarlane who takes to the stage before performing with Orphy Robinson later on in the Festival.

Jazz Voice is further geared up with singer-songwriter Charlie Wood joining the bill. His soulful singing and eclectic musical style incorporating elements of jazz, blues, traditional r&b and popular music, will have a moment to shine in the gala, when presenting his vast knowledge and skills in New Orleans’ music tradition.

The show will be broadcast live on Radio 3.

This show is part of the EFG Excellence Series.

'It would be difficult to imagine a more impressive curtain-raiser to the EFG London Jazz Festival than Jazz Voice'

(The Arts Desk)

'I’ve never felt anything quite like what I just experienced. So inspiring and invigorating to be supported by such a massive foundation of sound.'

(Jarrod Lawson, artist)
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