The final names have been confirmed for the momentous Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Festival, which takes place from 13 to 18 March, at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London. Powering up the Late Show slots across the week, all held in the main club space from 11pm onwards, are club regular and tenor sax titan Alex Garnett (13 March) and incendiary US sax groove merchant James Brandon Lewis and his Trio (pictured centre), who'll unleash tracks from their album No Filter (14 March).
Rising star saxophonist Phil Meadows (above left) brings his new Quartet of guitarist Rob Luft, bassist Flo Moore and drummer Will Glaser for an appearance on 15 March that serves as a warm-up gig for their impending appearance at the B-Jazz Festival in Belgium, while Thursday (16 March) sees powerful latin-jazz septet J-Sonics take the stage, featuring saxophonist Matt Telfer, trumpeter Andy Davies (top right) and vocalist Grace Rodson. The Friday 17 March Late Show will feature BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, saxophonist Alexander Bone and his band.
The stunning line-up of headliners includes John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension (13-14 March); Soweto Kinch's Nonagram band (15 March); Julian Siegel Big Band + Nick Smart's Black Eyed Dog (16 March); Omar Puente Sextet (17 March) and Phronesis with Julian Argüelles and Tim Garland's One double-bill (18 March).
Opening slots include Arun Ghosh Quartet and Nikki Yeoh solo (13-14 March), and a specially convened line-up of Yazz Ahmed's Hafla Band with vibist Ralph Wyld, bassist Dave Manington, drummer Martin France and 'vocal sculptor' Jason Singh performing on cuts from Ahmed's new album La Saboteuse (15 Mar), and fast-rising all-female groove-jazz ensemble Nérija (17 Mar).
– Mike Flynn