Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and the chairman of the newly named Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, had a message for the thousands of spectators on hand at the Hamer Auditorium in Melbourne, Australia, on April 30, as well as for the millions of fans watching him online via live web stream: “Jazz,” he said, “is the universal language of peace.”
Say “G’day” to your 2019 International Jazz Day lineup. Today, the UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock announced the program for the 2019 edition of International Jazz Day, which will be launched in Australia and celebrated in more than 190 countries.
The first names have been announced for this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, which takes…
The first names have been announced for this year's EFG London Jazz Festival, which takes place from November 11-20.
This year's edition, the 24th in its history, encompasses a huge range of concert halls, jazz clubs and free performance spaces across the British capital, and aims to follow up on the success of last year's program that included over 300 live shows.
This year's line-up will include a rare UK appearance from saxophonist Wayne Shorter, who will take to the stage with his Quartet on the closing night at the Barbican on November 20.
Several collaborative concerts are also among the first round of names announced. Among them a debut appearance of the MCA Power Trio featuring saxophonist David Murray, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and pianist Geri Allen, who will be performing in Cadogan Hall on November 19. Norwegian saxophonist Jan Gargarek will appear with his band featuring Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu at the Royal Festival Hall on November 13. Pianist Brad Mehldau will be playing in a duo with Nonesuch labelmate and longtome collaborator Joshua Redman at the Barbican on November 12.
Other names scheduled to appear include saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Eric Harland, The Bad Plus and vocalist Lizz Wright. Tickets for all these shows and more have been on sale since March 18, and more names will be announced in the near future.
For tickets and information, go to www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk