As one of the world’s great jazz cities, London is a great place to catch live jazz. From huge international stars to new talent and the annual EFG London Jazz Festival, London’s jazz venues have got it all. Here are our top picks from London’s calendar of upcoming jazz events.
The best jazz in London
Trumpeter Chris Batchelor, pianist Liam Noble, baritone saxophonist James Allsopp and drummer Paul Clarvis are Pigfoot: an impressive quartet who breathe new life into forgotten corners of jazz history. At this ‘1972’ show they’re taking a dizzying span of music from that year – anything from Ornette Coleman to Black Sabbath – and turning it inside out.Read more
Vocalist Melissa James presents material from her new album ‘Stripped Back’, joined by guitarist Tom Gamble and pianist Arthur Lea. James is a fine vocalist, particularly adept at tuning into the emotive qualities of her music. She’s an expert narrator and well worth checking out.Read more
The acclaimed mother of neo-soul, Ndegeocello is a skilled multi-instrumentalist (with brilliant, old-school jazz bass technique) and has experimented successfully with hip nu-jazz sounds and post-punk. Her all-star band features guitarist Chris Bruce, keys player Jebin Bruni and drummer Abe Rounds. Together they will play from Ndegeocello’s 2014 album, ‘Comet, Come to Me’.Read more
An eight-piece brass band of brothers from Chicago, the HBE have lent their tight, hip hop-influenced jazz sound to some huge names – Prince, Wu-Tang Clan, Blur – and recorded a handful of soulful albums on their own. Their high-energy, New Orleans-inspired live show is bombastic and funky enough to get even the coldest of cynics up and grooving.Read more
The most recent recordings by the legendary Celtic soul mystic have flitted between big band jazz, R&B, skiffle and folk, but on stage nowadays he’s been dipping deep into the blues as well as raiding his deep, deep discography (including cuts from his seminal ‘Astral Weeks’ and ‘Moondance’ albums). But don’t count on hearing ‘Brown Eyed Girl’.Read more
Ever classy and elegant jazz vocalist Georgia Mancio lines up with pianist Ross Stanley, bassist Mark Hodgson and drummer Dave Ohm to play through her reworkings of jazz classics. Her most recent album, ‘Live at ReVoice!’, released last year, features a collection of recordings from the jazz vocal festival she founded and curated. A true talent well worth checking out.Read more