The 25th EFG London Jazz Festival continues its early build up to its epic quarter-century edition with a further tranche of names announced to appear between 10 and 19 November at venues across the capital. Additions to the opening weekend now include an appearance by fiery Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko's New York Quartet (Cadogan Hall, 10 Nov) featuring a starry cast of pianist David Virelles, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gerald Cleaver playing music from their latest ECM album, December Avenue.
Another ECM artist appearing will be leading Bristol sax-man Andy Sheppard previewing material from his new album, Beyond The Dancing Sun, due for release in the autumn, played by his Anglo-French-Norwegian group of Sebastian Rochford, Michel Benita and Eivind Aarset (Kings Place, 11 Nov). Much-lauded pianist Brad Mehldau follows the duo success of his appearance at last year's festival with Joshua Redman, pairing up at the Barbican (12 Nov) with renowned bluegrass mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile (founding member of the Punch Brothers), to explore songs and dazzling instrumentals from their recent eponymous album on Nonesuch.
Cadogan Hall packs in two esoteric nights with the Andalusia-based Romani pianist and composer, David Pena Dorantes in collaboration with the fiery Taksim Trio from Turkey creating a wild mix of flamenco piano and Ottoman instrumentation (13 Nov) followed by charismatic French soul-jazz singer songwriter Ben L'oncle Soul who performs his take on the music of Frank Sinatra from his Blue Note debut, Under My Skin (15 Nov). Further bookings confirmed are the irrepressible global groove-jazz of keyboardist Bill Laurance (Kings Place, 16 Nov); French bass giant Henri Texier also returns to perform his fine blend of modern jazz and globe-trotting sounds (Kings Place, 17 Nov); Italian pianist Stefano Bollani pays exuberant tribute to his much-loved Naples, with Napoli Trip, and his quartet of fabled composer and saxophonist Daniele Sepe, one of the greatest exponents of Naples folk music, alongside clarinettist Nico Gori and drummer Bernardo Guerra (Cadogan Hall, 18 Nov). And the bombastically brilliant Beats & Pieces big band will shake Shoreditch to its foundations when the 14-piece troupe appear at Rich Mix (17 Nov) to mark their decade together, which they will be celebrating in 2018.
Other headline shows already announced in Jazzwise, who are the festival's media partner, include Pat Metheny Quartet (Barbican, 10 Nov); Jazz Voice 10th Anniversary (RFH, 10 Nov); Average White Band + LaSharVu (RFH, 11 Nov); Phronesis with Engines Orchestra (Milton Court, 12 Nov); Richard Pite's 1957: A Jazz Jukebox (Cadogan Hall, 12 Nov); Marcus Miller (Paolo Conte (RFH, 13 Nov); Abdullah Ibrahim/Hugh Masekela Jazz Epistles (RFH, 14 Nov); Harem Gospel Choir (RFH, 17 Nov); Carmino (Barbican, 17 Nov) and Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita (Barbican, 19 Nov).
– Mike Flynn
For full details and tickets www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk