The names have been revealed for this year’s 10th edition of Jazz Voice, the EFG London Jazz Festival‘s opening night vocal jazz extravaganza, at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 10 November. Reaching across jazz, funk, soul and pop worlds British guest singers include acclaimed jazz vocalist Liane Carroll, soul-jazz singer Mica Paris, R&B singer Tony Momrelle and Incognito’s lead vocalist Vanessa Hayes, chart topping vocalist Seal and charismatic Wes Coast Get Down bassist/singer Miles Mosley, who first gained global recognition for his Hendrix-style double bass playing as part of LA sax titan Kamasi Washington’s band. All these names will be backed by composer/arranger Guy Barker‘s specially convened London Jazz Festival jazz orchestra, a 40-piece ensemble combining strings, brass section and core jazz group comprised of many of the UK’s finest musicians. Watch this space for additional names to be added to the Jazz Voice line-up.

This show is one of over 300 taking place during the 10-day citywide festival, highlights of which include: 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); Andy Sheppard Quartet (Kings Place, 11 Nov); John Surman and John Warren’s The Traveller’s Tale (Kings Place, 12 Nov); Miles Mosley and the West Coast Get Down (Islington Assembly Hall, 12 Nov); Brad Mehldau/Chris Thile (Barbican, 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); Herbie Hancock (Barbican, 13-14 Nov); Knower (Scala, 13 Nov); Courtney Pine’s Black Notes From The Deep (Bridge Theatre, 13 Nov); Trombone Shorty (Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 13 Nov); Paolo Conte (RFH, 13 Nov); Abdullah Ibrahim/Hugh Masekela Jazz Epistles (RFH, 14 Nov); Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles (KOKO, 14 Nov); Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendance (Rich Mix, 14 Nov); Justin Kauflin Trio plus Airelle Besson and Vincent Segal (Wigmore Hall, 16 Nov); Nik Bärtsch (Wigmore Hall, 17 Nov); Darcy-James Argue’s Secret Society (Kings Place, 17 Nov); Jay Rayner’s Quartet (Cadogan Hall, 17 Nov); Pharoah Sanders’ Quartet, Denys Baptiste’s The Late Trane band and Alina Bzhezhinska’s Quartet with Tony Kofi (Barbican, 18 Nov) and Terrence Blanchard with the BBC Concert Orchestra (Barbican, 19 Nov), among many others. Jazzwise is media partner for the festival.

– Mike Flynn

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