EFG London Jazz Festival announces its Summer Series – four very special concerts in June 2022 at Barbican – to kick off its birthday year.
BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO
SF JAZZ with GRETCHEN PARLATO and CHRIS POTTER
EFG London Jazz Festival will be celebrating its 30th birthday this November, with an exciting line up of international artists, inspiring collaborations, themed strands and special creations. The festival will take place between 11 and 20 November and the line-up will be announced starting from mid-April.
Before that, the festival team kicks off the journey of 30th year celebrations with a long weekend of global jazz stars taking over the Barbican stage from 22 to 25 June 2022. This summer series features concerts by global icons Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, Marisa Monte and SF Jazz featuring Gretchen Parlato and Chris Potter.
This series will be a fantastic treat to mark EFG London Jazz Festival’s upcoming anniversary, rejoicing with jazz all year round.
Wednesday 22 June 2022
Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business, and music. Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s.
As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a ground-breaking sound in jazz, he also developed new approaches on his own recordings, followed by his work in the 70s - with record-breaking albums such as "Headhunters" - that combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music.
Thursday 23 June 2022
Multi-award-winning singer Marisa Monte is credited with bringing samba right up to the present day by melding jazz, blues and funk rhythms into old-school samba rhythms. One of Brazil's most exciting stars in her own right and as a member of Tribalistas, bridging the gap between styles and musical generations and continuing to surprise the public with the originality and quality of her singing, composing, and staging.
Friday 24 June 2022
Over the last two decades, pianist Brad Mehldau has forged a path which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure.
His unquestionable leadership across idioms has grown as he has transformed the paradigm of jazz and classical performance – here performing with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. With his rigorous intellect feeding an inspired range of expression and intensity, Mehldau leaves his worldwide audience eager for his next foray.
Saturday 25 June 2022
Founded in 2004, SFJAZZ Collective take the form of both an ensemble of musicians and a democratic composer’s workshop. They embody the climate of jazz music artistically and socially, both platforming new music and honouring the greatest figures in jazz. For this performance they mark the addition of three new additions to the band with vocalist Gretchen Parlato, drummer Kendrick A.D. Scott, and saxophonist Chris Potter.
As an ensemble of Black origin, they see jazz as an especially poignant vehicle for considering social injustice. Alongside works by contemporary musicians and composers, the ensemble performs new pieces written by their members reflecting on the awakening and change-making movements which have gained greater coverage over the past two years.
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In its 30th year, EFG London Jazz Festival (11-21 November 2022) will continue its vision of showcasing international and UK jazz artists with highest quality live performances, supporting emerging UK musicians, nurturing new collaborations and fresh work, generating space for communities, working in synergy with clubs, venues, partners, while staying true to the origins and future of jazz.
With the first names for November to be announced in April 2022, the EFG London Jazz Festival is pulling out all the stops for a bumper celebration this year.