Orphy Robinson’s Astral Weeks, Youn Sun Nah, Myra Melford and BBC Young Jazz Musician for EFG London Jazz Fest

This year's EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 16 to 25 November at venues across the capital, is starting to shape up with many newly confirmed headliners announced. Those already revealed in the April issue of Jazzwise, who are media partners for the festival, include dazzling vocalist Bobby McFerrin who will be joined by his ground-breaking a cappella 12-piece Voicestra, for a performance of his Circlesongs, which allows for spontaneously improvised sections from choir and audience (Barbican, 18 Nov).

Also added is jazz singer/actress/comedienne – and star of Netflix hit Orange is the New BlackLea DeLaria (Bridge Theatre, 18 Nov); ECM-signed Albanian singer Elina Duni appears in a duo with acclaimed guitarist Rob Luft (Clapham Omnibus, 18 Nov) and popular South Korean jazz singer Youn Sun Nah (above centre) will perform at the newly re-opened Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH, 20 Nov). The same venue hosts leading UK vibes virtuoso Orphy Robinson's (pictured top left)  reworking of Van Morrison's totemic Astral Weeks, featuring a strong line-up of UK musicians including guitarist John Etheridge plus guest vocalists Zara McFarlane and Sarah Jane Morris (QEH, 19 Nov).

Loose Tubes' flautist Eddie Parker brings his 12-piece Debussy Mirrored Ensemble to the festival with singers Brigitte Beraha and James Gilchrist, in a jazz take on the composer's music in his centenary year (Purcell Room, 20 Nov). Distinctive US improvising pianist Myra Melford (above right) makes an overdue return to the UK with a top-notch band of trumpeter Ron Miles, guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Gerald Cleaver, playing music from her Snowy Egret album (Purcell Room, 23 Nov); while drummer Richard Pite's Jazz Repertory Company dive into pre- and early-jazz history with their show The World Gone Mad – 1899-1919 Jass, Ragtime, Tin Pan Alley and the Blues (Cadogan Hall, 24 Nov).

This year also heralds the start of a new partnership between the festival and the BBC Young Jazz Musician, with the 2018 final hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the closing Saturday (QEH,24 Nov). Further shows and venues confirmed are: Jazz Voice (RFH, 16 Nov); Tord Gustavsen Trio (Cadogan Hall, 16 Nov); Bill Laurance and the WDR Big Band (QEH, 25 Nov) and Madeleine PeyrouxAnthem tour (RFH, 24 Nov).

Mike Flynn

For full details and tickets visit www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

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