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12-21 November 2021

New Names, Extra Shows, More Venues at EFG London Jazz Festival 2021

Tons of artists added as this year's Festival grows...

FRIDAY 12 NOVEMBER

Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go + Shirley Tetteh | Barbican
In demand guitarist Shirley Tetteh (Nérija / Maisha) plays a rare solo set to open the London premiere of Archie Shepp & Jason Moran’s new collaboration‘Fast becoming one of the most important jazz musicians in the UK’ (GuitarWorld)

Julian Lage | Cadogan Hall – 5pm matinee show added
Newly signed to Blue Note records, guitarist Julian Lage holds the heritage of jazz, while mapping its future. Due to huge demand, we are thrilled to announce a matinee show has been added

New Regency Orchestra | EartH Theatre
Twenty-piece big band on a mission to take the music of the Afro Cuban musical saints and reinvent it through a 2021 London filter. Curated by Lex Blondin (Total Refreshment Centre / Church of Sound) the line-up features conducting from Nathaniel Cross, Tamar Osborn on saxophone, Yelfris Valdés on trumpet, and more

SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER

Cherise | Ninety One Living Room
A truly multi-faceted vocalist and one of the most fiercely talented young musicians on the scene. The night opens with DJ Jake Snakestone Zaitz spinning an eclectic set

SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER

Greg Foat + Kassa Overall | Colour Factory
New sounds of ground-breaking jazz in this future-facing double bill.Versatile jazz musician Greg Foat moves from soul-jazz to cinematic, haunting compositions and pastoral acid folkSinger, producer, drummer, and MC Kassa Overall melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production

MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER


Shai Maestro + Ranjana Ghatak | Cadogan Hall
Opening the show is singer and bandleader Ranjana Ghatak, who grew up within classical Indian vocal music but has evolved a glorious style of her own that’s all about contemporary Britain, juxtaposing the beauty of sacred Indian vocal music with the driving improvised rhythms of contemporary music

TUESDAY 16 NOVEMBER


Cécile McLorin Salvant + Xhosa Cole | Cadogan Hall
2018’s BBC Young Jazz Musicians of the Year Xhosa Cole opens the show in a stripped back duo set with bassist Joe Downard (Judi Jackson, Waaju)

FRIDAY 19 NOVEMBER

Wildflower | Space 289
Freely improvised waves ranging from powerful climaxes to hauntingly beautiful breath-like passages, influenced by spiritual jazz pioneers such as John and Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef and Sun Ra

Cassie Kinoshi & Anne Verheij - echo | Kings Place
A new immersive film installation from long-time collaborators composer Cassie Kinoshi and visual artist Anne Verheij - a sonic and visual exploration of our connection with ourselves and each other in London

Levitation Orchestra | Studio 9294
Mixing spiritual jazz, classical, electronica, soul, spoken word, M-Base, and improvisation. With trumpeter Axel Kaner-Lidstrom (Cykada, Gary Bartz) as musical director, the collective comprises some of London's most promising young musicians. DJ sets open the night and spin after in to the early hours

SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER


Take Five presents... the afternoon 3pm | Purcell Room
Take Five presents... the evening 7.45pm | Purcell Room
Showcasing the future of UK jazz as we present artists who have taken part in our Take Five talent development initiative. Artists include J Frisco, John Pope, Samuel Eagles, Romarna Campbell, Sarah Heneghan and more

...and that's not all
The musical feast comes to clubs across London such as Ronnie Scott’s, 606, Toulouse Lautrec and contemporary spaces such as Woolwich Works and Studio 9294, and many more. Jazz Café hosts the Festival return of Judi Jackson plus newcomers including Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek; Pizza Express delivers a buzzing line up which includes a series curated by Gilles Peterson. The Festival programme widens its line up with shows such as Kansas Smitty's Plunderphonia, Jelly Cleaver, Gwilym Simcock Quintet, Joel Ross, Hedvig Mollestad Trio, Quinn Oulton, Zoe Rahman, Hailu Mergia, and many more

This October...
we announce more special guests coming to perform live at the Festival, as well as interactive events, free shows, family activities, and important discussions. We also announce a full programme coming to Becontree in Barking/Dagenham

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