A look at the 2015 EFG London Jazz Festival, Nov 13-22

By Matt Micucci

The EFG London Jazz Festival is a London-wide music festival held every November, that takes place in a variety of venues, including larger concert halls such as the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall, and smaller jazz clubs including Ronnie Scott’s and Vortex.

This year, the festival will run for ten days, November 13-22. The lineup of this 23rd edition presents a mix of world-class artists and emerging stars, and takes the music to a massive and ever-growing audience.

Produced by Serious, which specializes in the production of live jazz, international and contemporary music, the festival has a reputation for bringing the best and freshest music to the UK capital with a wide ranging programme of concerts, commissions, club events, talks and an expansive learning and participation programme.

Some of the artists that will be features at this year’s London Jazz Festival include Andy Sheppard, Arild Andersen, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot and many more. Many of the concerts have already sold out – which is a testimony to the growing popularity of this festival.

Other highlights of the festival include the long-awaited return of Miroslav Vitouš. The Czech bassist and founding member for Weather Report will be performing a set with the award-winning pianist and composer Emil Viklický​.

Hiromi will also be in town to challenge and defy expectations of her piano trio.

After last year’s sold-out performances in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, this year the candlelit indoor space will be hosting concerts by Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman, and Grammy Award nominated Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez.

For more information on the EFG London Jazz Festival, and to keep up with all their latest news, visit their official website ->http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/<-

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