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 this month
Saxophonist Trish Clowes is a fine composer, who’s penned some serious and noteworthy jazz charts. She recently collaborated with the BBC Concert Orchestra on three tracks on her third album, ‘Pocket Compass’. It’s worth catching her with her five-piece in this intimate club setting.Read more
Phronesis are a jazz trio headed up by Danish bassist Jasper Høiby and completed by Swedish drummer Anton Eger and British pianist Ivo Neame. They’re each hugely impressive individually, but together, with Høiby’s grooves, Eger’s fervent drums and Neame’s melodic lines, they are genuinely formidable.They’re also arguably at the forefront of modern progressive jazz trios – certainly equals to their US counterparts, The Bad Plus. Phronesis’ sound has evolved from bands like EST (the hugely respected Swedish trio that was led by the late pianist Esbjörn Svensson), but their music is truly their own, balanced and skilled, and instantly recognisable. Theirs is the kind of jazz that’s thoughtful, crafted and frenetic. At Cadogan Hall they’ll be launching their new album, ‘Parallax’, recorded at Abbey Road.Read more
One of our fave jazz vocalists currently on the scene. Zawadzki’s performances are always well worth checking out: her 2014 album, ‘China Lane’ was a triumph but to truly appreciate her talent, you need to see her live. An enigmatic performer with serious jazz chops, here she lines up with guitarist Alex Roth, pianist Peter Lee, bassist Tom McCredie and drummer Jon Scott.Read more
Fine double bassist Olie Brice can usually be found as a sideman – working with the likes of Paul Dunmall and Evan Parker amongst others. Tonight he launches his debut album – ‘Immune to Clockwork’ – under his own name with his quintet comprised of trumpeter Alex Bonney, tenor saxophonist George Crowley, Mike Fletcher on C-melody sax and Jeff Williams on drums.Read more
A troupe of contemporary jazz and world music heavyweights re-imagine Trane's transcendental masterpiece, having originally come together in 2014 to commemorate 50 years to the day since the sax saint's original was recorded. The Englightenment Ensemble includes top musicians such as Steve Williamson, Shabaka Hutchings and Cleveland Watkiss, and features everything from saxophone to kora to xylosynth.Read more
Celebrating a Mercury Prize nomination for their album ‘v2.0’ – which continues to display their eclectic influences, ranging from Brian Eno and Massive Attack to EST, Debussy and Shostakovich – pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner comprise this high-octane, Manchester-based trio.Read more