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12-21 November 2021

Press

The EFG London Jazz Festival was created by Serious, one of the UK’s leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and contemporary music. 

Now in its 29th year, the 2021 EFG London Jazz Festival returns to live audiences with an electrifying line up, ranging from global stars, special collaborations and new commissions to finest and freshest music from the UK.

A pioneer in the UK music scene, the Festival promises another momentous 10-day run of forward-looking programme featuring world-class artists and emerging stars, bringing in a mixture of jazz, cutting-edge sounds, global music, and an eclectic selection of other genres which take inspiration from jazz and improvisational music.

The aims of today’s Festival still remain the same as in the beginning; celebrating the breadth of jazz, presenting a mix of new work from international and British artists and a commitment to education activity, in a city which is at ease with its rich cultural diversity.

The Festival collaborates actively with a multitude of venues and producers across London who present the music, week in, week out, throughout the year, and creates a moment for putting jazz in the spotlight for the 10 days of the festival.

FESTIVAL IMAGES
Artist images for shows that are on sale can be viewed and downloaded from Dropbox.
You can download hi-res images from previous Festivals from our Flickr account.
Please ask if you'd like any others.

FESTIVAL LOGO & BRANDING
The 2021 Festival identity can be downloaded from our Dropbox.  If you need any other sizes, please email us.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES 
For more information about the Festival please contact Sally Reeves PR on +44 1223 864710 or +44 7790 518756 | [email protected]

PRESS COVERAGE
In 2020 we moved to a fully digital footing for the first time due to the pandemic; as a result our campaign reached over 105 countries, with the streams and broadcasts reaching a global audience of over 12 million.

Press coverage from our 2020 events can be viewed here as PDF.

QUOTES FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

2020

‘For the Festival to be happening this year is an amazing achievement. The ten-day show goes on, and it’s found a way to turn the situation into a positive’ (Radio Times)

'The move to digital meant that, even in the absence of many big concert hall performance opportunities, this year’s programme still opened up bold, uncompromising and personal musical visions to a wide audience' (★★★★☆ Music OMH )

‘An array of UK and international artists turned on the class to produce enthralling performances undaunted or diluted by going digital. EFG LJF 2020 should go down as opening up a new digital chapter in ‘live’ performance that could certainly find a complementary place in future programming’ (Jazzwise)

2019

'A festival of infinite varieties’ (Morning Star)

'When your only real problem is that you’ve delivered too many great shows, you know you’re doing something right. Bravo, EFG LJF, and roll on 2020.
(thelineofbestfit.com)

‘The EFG London Jazz Festival offers up such a range of exciting and challenging music that negotiating its contours can be quite demanding. A trend of the festival is its ongoing diversification, often in very welcome ways, with promoter Serious making a conscious effort to achieve some balance in the gender representation of musicians.’
(★★★★☆ MusicOMH)

‘An encouraging feature of this year’s London Jazz Festival is the number of female musicians performing – the balance is being redressed, albeit slowly’
(Jazz Journal)

2018

‘One of the great things this festival does is to put a temporary marketing umbrella in place for London’s incredibly lively and diverse year-round live scene, which mostly happens under the radar in small clubs. It has been a tonic to see such a diverse range of events so well attended.’ (The Arts Desk)

‘Promoters Serious had arranged an impressive line-up of familiar, established returning international big names and an impressively diverse roster of music from a range of cultures and backgrounds, including a notably improved gender balance and some of the current crop of very well marketed UK acts’
(★★★★☆ 4.5 musicOMH)

‘Even in its beginnings as the Camden Jazz Week in the 1970s, the EFG London Jazz Festival has always been programmed to connect international artists from different cities with musicians crisscrossing jazz and it’s close musical allies in London. But it’s the repercussions of a new generation of jazz players and listeners that makes this year’s festival such an exciting mix of different origin stories.’
(Line of Best Fit)

2017

‘One of the world's largest and most ambitious festivals’
 (Downbeat)

‘Great international festivals such as the EFG London Jazz Festival show that London is open to creativity and to people from across the world.’
(Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London)

’Jazz’s global influence is reflected in the programming of the 25th EFG London Jazz Festival - performers from other cultures profoundly affect the current Festival agenda.’
(Guardian)

2016

'A dazzling display across the musical spectrum’
(★★★★★ The Guardian) 

'It’s one of my favourite festivals in the world. I like the fact that every time I’m here it’s a different venue. You go from the Royal Albert Hall to Rich Mix. It’s cool, you know?' (Christian Scott)

2015
'The best jazz festival on the planet'
(Jez Nelson, BBC Radio 3)

2013

'One of the best jazz festivals in the world'
(The Guardian)

2012

'If jazz is dead, someone forgot to tell the thousands of performers and fans who flock to the annual London Jazz Festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the 10-day festival returns to the capital with a flamboyant programme which reflects the diverse roots of our great city.'
 (LondonTown.com)