EFG London Jazz Festival tickets go on sale today

EFG London Jazz Festival tickets go on sale today

Christian Scott

Book now for Murray/Carrington/Allen, Redman/Mehldau, Bad Plus, Aziza, Tord Gustavsen, Jan Garbarek/Trilok Gurtu and Wayne Shorter

The first tickets go on sale today for the EFG London Jazz Festival, London's biggest celebration of the art of improvising. The full festival, which takes place between Fri 11 – Sun 20 Nov 2016, features over 2000 artists in over 300 gigs, but it's safe to say that the tickets on sale today will be among the most sought-after of the festival, featuring as they do some of the biggest names in jazz.

David Murray, one of jazz's most adventurous sax men, teams up with the great Geri Allen (piano) and long-term Herbie Hancock drummer Terri Lyne Carrington for a gig at the Cadogan Hall on Sat 19 Nov. Carrington, incidentally, is the first female artist to win the Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album (2013's Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, a tribute to the classic 1962 trio album by Ellington, Mingus and Roach.)

Brad Mehldau, jazz's most influential living pianist, got one of his first big breaks in Joshua Redman's band, and the two have maintained a duo partnership ever since. They play the Barbican Hall on Sat 12 Nov. The Bad Plus, everyone's favourite Abba-covering piano trio, play the Scala on Mon 13 Nov.

Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen appears with vocalist Simin Tander and drummer Jarle Vespestad, as featured on this year's haunting What Was Said album, inspired by Norwegian church music but incorporating electronica and Tander's own Afghan heritage. Elsewhere, there's Aziza, featuring four jazz masters (Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke, Chris Potter and Eric Harland), at the Cadogan Hall on Tue 15 Nov; New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott and his band at the Scala on Wed 16 Nov; jazz-inflected soul and R&B from Lizz Wright at the Cadogan Hall on Sat 12 Nov, and a living legend of jazz, the mighty Wayne Shorter and his quartet, at the Barbican Hall on Sun 20 Nov as a suitably epic festival closer.

Christian Scott

New Orleans contemporary jazz trumpeter.

David Murray, Terri Lyne Carrington, Geri Allen - MCA Power Trio

Hard-hitting and virtuosic trio of Murray (tenor sax), Carrington (drums) and Allen (piano).

Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Dave Holland, Eric Harland – Aziza

Chris Potter (sax), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Dave Holland (bass) and Eric Harland (drums) in concert.

Wayne Shorter Quartet

The tenor sax giant, one of jazz's greatest composers and soloists, is now in his early 80s and scooped his most recent Grammy in 2013.

Joshua Redman / Brad Mehldau Duo

As a musical partnership, Redman (sax) and Mehldau (piano) go back a long way.

Lizz Wright

The Georgia-born jazz singer and her band in concert.

Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad

Trio of Norwegian pianist Gustavsen, German/Afghan vocalist Tander and drummer Vespestad play stark and reflective music (although Tander has been known to do a torch-tastic rendition of 'Windmills of Your Mind'.)