Iconic jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock has just been confirmed for two nights at this year’s 25th edition of the EFG London Jazz Festival, appearing at the Barbican on 13 and 14 November. Touring the European jazz festival circuit this summer, which includes a headline performance at this coming weekend’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival on 1 July, Hancock has been premiering new material with a band featuring emergent sax/keys man Terrace Martin plus longstanding bandmembers such as guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist James Genus and drum heavyweight Vinnie Colaiuta. This will be Hancock’s first appearance in London since his spirited duo concerts with Chick Corea in 2015, and precedes the release of his much anticipated new studio album that is rumoured to feature contributions from Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Robert Glasper and Jacob Collier. Tickets for these London dates will be on-sale from 10am this Friday 30 June.

This show joins those already announced in Jazzwise (media partners of the festival), which include Pat Metheny Quartet (Barbican, 10 Nov); Jazz Voice (RFH, 10 Nov); Keith Tippett Octet with Matthew Bourne (Kings Place, 10 Nov), Michael Janisch Quartet with Rez Abbasi, Henry Spencer’s Juncture, Zhenya Strigalev Trio (Rich Mix, 10 Nov); Tomasz Stańko’s New York Quartet (Cadogan Hall, 10 Nov); Zakir Hussain’s Crosscurrents with Dave Holland and Chris Potter (Barbican, 11 Nov); Average White Band + LaSharVu (RFH, 11 Nov); Andy Sheppard Quartet (Kings Place, 11 Nov); Brad Mehldau/Chris Thile (Barbican, 12 Nov); Roland Perrin Trio with the Blue Planet Orchestra (Barbican, matinee performance, 12 Nov); Led Bib, Schnellertollermeier and WorldService Project (Rich Mix, 12 Nov); Marcus Miller (RFH, 12 Nov); Richard Pite’s 1957: A Jazz Jukebox (Cadogan Hall, 12 Nov); Knower (Scala, 13 Nov); Paolo Conte (RFH, 13 Nov); Abdullah Ibrahim/Hugh Masekela Jazz Epistles (RFH, 14 Nov) and Terrence Blanchard with the BBC Concert Orchestra (Barbican, 19 Nov), among many others.

– Mike Flynn

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