The London Jazz Festival is getting back on its feet

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Seckou Keita and Omar Sosa. Photo by Andrés Pino

After an inevitably calmer year 2020, the EFG London Jazz Festival has largely recovered this year, from November 12 to 21 with many live shows.

Among the many highlights are Julian Lage; Richard Bona & Alfredo Rodriguez Band; Archie Shepp and Jason Moran; duo John Scofield and Dave Holland; Eddie Henderson Quartet; Norma Winstone and Nikki Iles “A Moment to Remember – The Music of Bill Evans”; Peter King Memorial Sax Summit with Mornington Lockett with Alex Clarke, the Deschanel Gordon Trio; Mike Westbrook “The Piano and Me” plus Q&A with Richard Williams; Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey; Cleveland Watkiss and Django Bates; Catherine Windfeld; Third London installment: London Sinfonietta + Laura Jurd, Elliot Galvin, Cassie Kinoshi; Jo Harrop; Rosie Frater-Taylor; Jim Rattigan’s triplicity; Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita; Soweto Kinch & London Symphony Orchestra: The Black Peril; Georgia Mancio; Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Matt Wilson; Stefano Bollani; Bill Laurance and The Untold Orchestra; John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe; Bansangu Orchestra; and the Brad Mehldau trio.

The above is a drop in the ocean of concerts listed on the festival site. There will also, as always, be a vast array of additional local talent drawn to the event from the city’s regular (and irregular) jazz venues.

Omar Sosa (piano) and Seckou Keita (kora) concert is one of a series of UK appearances by the duo (plus Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles) in November. They also play at Leeds, Oxford, Caernarfon, Manchester, Liverpool, Bury St Edmunds, Nottingham, Bristol, Cardigan and Swansea. All the details of the visit are on the site of the Mwldan artistic complex to Cardigan, who is organizing the tour.


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