The first names have been unveiled for this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 15 to 24 November. Taking place across stages at the Southbank and Barbican centres and at every major jazz venue and club in the capital, the festival is the second under the auspices of former Istanbul Jazz Festival programmer Pelin Opcin at Serious.

Chief among the artists announced is iconic Norwegian saxophonist, Jan Garbarek, at the Royal Festival Hall (above right, 17 Nov), with the latter venue also hosting the Jazz Voice opening-night gala concert (15 Nov). Other headliners include Dave Holland, Chris Potter and Zakir Hussain’s Indo-jazz supergroup, CrossCurrents (Cadogan Hall, 15 Nov), Grammy-winning singer Cécile McLorin Salvant (above left) with pianist Sullivan Fortner (Barbican, 16 Nov) and Nordic sax whirlwind Marius Neset performing music from his Viaduct project with the London Sinfonietta (QEH, 21 Nov). There’s also a live soundtrack for cult film Battleship Potemkin created and played by guitarist Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers) and Jan Bang (Punkt) which is produced by Opera North (Kings Place Hall One, 23 Nov).

Further dates announced include bassist Lars Danielsson’s Group: Liberetto III at Wigmore Hall – with Grégory Privat, John Parricelli and Magnus Öström (19 Nov); an exciting Brazilian jazz double-bill of acclaimed pianist/singer Eliane Elias and guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria at Barbican (22 Nov); Chicagoan drum-don Makaya McCraven at Village Underground with support from trombonist Rosie Turton (above centre, 19 Nov); Swingin’ with Strings with singer Claire Martin and singer/pianist Iain Mackenzie (Cadogan Hall, 24 Nov) and a Jazz Generation collaboration between the BBC Concert Orchestra, Nu Civilisation Orchestra and award-winning bassist Misha Mullov Abbado at QEH (23 Nov). Renowned pianist Dan Tepfer performs his enthralling ‘Natural Machines’ AV show (Kıngs Place Hall One, 24 Nov) and Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente presents ‘An Evening for Debbie’, with his new strings group Classico Latino Sextet, alongside solo and duo pieces, in memory of his late wife Debbie Purdy (Kings Place, 22 Nov). Jazzwise is media partner for the festival.

Mike Flynn

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