EFG London Jazz Festival tickets go on sale today
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.