PREVIEW: EFG Jazz Festival

So November has arrived (what the heck?!), the month when Londoners welcome the EFG London Jazz Festival to the capital, where more than 2,000 bands and performers take residence in over 50 venues across the city.

The 10-day event is a celebration of all things jazz, with no stone left unturned, allowing world-class artists to mix with lesser known stars on the bill.

One of the most major signifiers of the genre in recent times is Barking-born YolanDa Brown, double MOBO award-wining saxophonist, who’ll be playing at the Barbican on November 15th as part of the festival. The date will also be the finale of her nationwide tour, Reggae Love Songs.

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Commonly regarded as the UK’s premier female saxophonist this special performance will also include a ten-piece band as well as Shingai Shoniwa of London indie rock band, The Noisettes, joining Brown on stage. On the night London fans can expect Brown’s usual mashup of Caribbean reggae rhythms and supreme jazz.

Other notable events taking place during the annual showcase of jazz include Alice Zawadski & Jamie Safirudden taking on the work of Joni Mitchell (12th Nov, Crazy Coqs, Soho), Texan singer Hailey Tuck with a flair for 1930’s jazz (17th Nov, Crazy Coqs, Soho), and a launch performance from Sarah Jane Morris & Antonio Forione who’ll be playing tracks their collaborative album Compared To What (18th/19th Nov, Crazy Coqs, Soho).

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With darker evenings and a slight hint of Christmas magic in the air nothing is more alluring to me right now than hitting an art deco space, cocktail in hand, to enjoy an intimate jazzy performance by an artist esteemed in the genre.

For a full listing of all performers, including times, venue and ticket prices check out  www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/full-listing

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