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Luft with his take on Grant Green’s funky stylings (Kings Place, 22 Nov).
Bauhaus and Blue Note tributes among latest additions to EFG London Jazz Festival The latest names announced for this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 15 to 24 November, include several concerts seeking fresh perspectives on the music’s past, as well as a centenary musical celebration of Germany’s Bauhaus art movement. The latter sees the Bau.Haus.Klang project (commissioned by the Bauhaus Festival) performed by acclaimed pianist Michael Wollny, who will interpret the influential art school’s manifesto through sound, improvising against a mechanical “phonola”, a music machine from the 1920s that operates a second grand piano programmed by fellow German pianist Wolfgang Heisig. Completing this innovative concert will be saxophonist Emile Parisien, electronics artist Leafcutter John and drummer Max Stadtfeld, while support comes from Brooklyn-based acoustic trio Dawn of Midi, who perform their response to Bauhaus’ austere aesthetic style.
Elsewhere, there’s a spiritual jazz summit featuring former Charles Mingus and Max Roach saxophonist Gary Bartz, part of a night under Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here banner which also includes Dwight Trible and Maisha (Royal Festival Hall, 16 Nov); as well as an evening of avantgarde electronica with Brighton-based musician Gazelle Twin collaborating with ‘drone choir’ NYX, who create visceral soundscapes with an edgy operatic twist (QEH, 20 Nov). Vocalist/performance artist Elaine Mitchener also pushes boundaries with her ‘Vocal Classics of the Black Avant-Garde’, which features her group of saxophonist/ MD Jason Yarde, trumpeter Byron Wallen, pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist Neil Charles, drummer Mark Sanders and poet Dante Micheaux, all presenting the music of Eric Dolphy, Archie Shepp, Joseph Jarman and Jeanne Lee, among others (Purcell Room, 21 Nov).
Further additions to the programme include a tribute to the music of Blue Note, the label marking its 80th anniversary this year, with archival classics reinterpreted by musicians associated with influential London promoters Total Refreshment Centre (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 15 Nov). This show is complemented by north London’s monthly Jazz in the Round showcase, who present ‘Tributes to our Musical Heroes’ with Hexagonal playing the music of Bheki Mseleku and McCoy Tyner; Brit-jazz bass boss Dave Green saluting Oscar Pettiford and Jimmy Blanton, and guitarist Rob
Other concerts announced include singer Judi Jackson (Islington Assembly Hall, 17 Nov); African cellist Abel Selaocoe and Austrian percussionist Bernhard Schimpelsberger (Kings Place, 20 Nov); Pulled By Magnets, featuring Seb Rochford, Pete Wareham and Neil Charles (St John on Bethnal Green, 21 Nov); and Get the Blessing’s 20th Anniversary concert (Moth Club, 23 Nov). These shows join those already announced in Jazzwise, who are festival media partners. For the full line-up and tickets www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk www.markallengroup.com
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Hancock Heads Barbican Jazz Blitz
Herbie Hancock (pictured), Brad Mehldau and Wynton Marsalis are among the forthcoming attractions at London’s Barbican. Hancock crops up for a couple of dates, delivering a programme of much-loved melodies and surprise deep-cuts (17 November), before hooking up with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the stewardship of their renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel for a set of Latin American classical music, along with offerings from the venerated Hancock catalogue (19 November). Meanwhile, further-in-the-future thrills see the Brad Mehldau Trio continue to chart their singular course through jazz exploration, classical romanticism and pop culture (9 March, 2020), while Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra enter ‘The Jungle’, a musical portrait of New York City, in the company of the London Symphony Orchestra and its baton-wielding boss man, Sir Simon Rattle (30-31 May 2020).
Keep the diary clear, too, for other jazz-related activity at the Barbican, including Hackney Colliery Band, registering in full collaborative effect with select guests including UK jazz-funk legend James Taylor (5 October); Brooklyn-based Afro-beat ensemble Antibalas, paying tribute to the Queen of Soul with their ‘Respect to Aretha’ revue, featuring Zara McFarlane, Bettye LaVette and Alice Russell (12 September); Irreversible Entanglements’ Moor Mother, confronting colonialism and slavery via ‘The Great Bailout’ in collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra (23 October); former Mercury nominees Portico Quartet unleashing fresh sounds from their upcoming full-length on Gondwana Records (2 November) and iconic avant-gardists Art Ensemble of Chicago, celebrating 50 years of making “Great Black Music” (23 November). For more details on these and other events visit www.barbican.org.uk