The EFG London Jazz Festival unleashes 10 barnstorming days of jazz in all its guises across the capital from 14-23 November, with the complete concert hall, club and freestage programme listed below. Highlights include tonight’s opening concert Jazz Voice at the Barbican has now become the well-established gala event opener and this year will feature a stellar line-up of singers, including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Emma Smith, Georgie Fame, Jacob Banks and Vula Malinga, accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra conducted and arranged by Guy Barker. Another unmissable night will be the all-star ‘Celebrating 75 Years of Blue Note’ concert at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 22 November that features highly-rated US trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (pictured below), pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran, while Different Every Time – an evening with Robert Wyatt on Sunday 23 November at Queen Elizabeth Hall will be a fascinating mix of chat and music.

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The myriad club and free stage programme takes the festival across the length and breadth of the metropolis, totalling a whopping 350 events at 68 venues, ranging from Stanley Clarke, Roy Hargrove and the Steve Swallow/Carla Bley Quintet at Ronnie Scott’s and The Bad Plus at Village Underground to Led Bib at the Vortex, Peter Brötzmann at Café Oto, a Stan Tracey Tribute at the 606, the Headhunters’ bass meister Paul Jackson at The Hideaway, and Balkan influenced newcomers Paprika, who play the Horniman Museum in south east London’s Forest Hill.

This year the festival, now in its 22nd year and is sponsored by Jazzwise, also welcomes new venues to the festival for the first time, including Ace Hotel, Shoreditch; Handel House, W1; Italian Cultural Institute, SW1; JW3, NW3; Long White Cloud, E2; Temple Church, EC4; and Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, SE1.

Concert hall, club and freestage highlights are:

Friday 14 November: Jazz Voice (Barbican 7.30pm); Branford Marsalis (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.30pm and 10pm); Angélique Kidjo (Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm); John Surman and Trans4mation Strings (Kings Place: Hall 1, 7.30pm); The Jazz Repertory Company presents Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller at Carnegie Hall 1939 (Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm); John Butcher and Mark Sanders: Tarab Cuts (Purcell Room, 7.45pm); Alexander Hawkins and Marcin Masecki (Purcell Room, 10pm). Euan Burton (Royal Albert Hall/Verdi Café, 12pm, Free); Peter Edwards (Queen Elizabeth Hall Front Room, 5.30 & 9pm, Free); Stanley Clarke (Ronnie Scott’s, 6.30pm); Wildbirds & Peacedrums (Village Underground, 8pm); Renato D’Aiello and Andy Davies (Spice of Life, 8pm); Tom Millar (Green Note, 8.30pm); Peter Brötzmann, Jason Adasiewicz and Steve Noble (Café OTO, 8.45pm); Anita Wardell (Charlie Wright’s, 9pm); Paul Jackson Trio (Hideaway, 9pm); Way Out West (Polish Jazz Café POSK, 9pm); Imaani and Wayne Hernandez (606, 9.30pm); Jazz on 3 Launch (Ronnie Scott’s, 10.30pm, Free by invite).

Saturday 15 November: Dedication Orchestra (QEH, 2pm); Supersonics (Purcell Room, 2pm); Dr John – a tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring Carleen Anderson plus Brendan Reilly (Barbican, 7.30pm); Abdullah Ibrahim – Ekaya plus New Trio (RFH, 7.30pm); Dee Dee Bridgewater plus Laura MacDonald and David Berkman (QEH, 7.30pm); John Surman and the Bergen Big band (Kings Place: Hall 1, 7.30pm); The Hot Sardines (Purcell Room, 7.45pm and 10pm); Jef Neve plus Rusconi (Kings Place: Hall 2, 8pm). South Africa 20 years on and the legacy of the Blue Notes (QEH Front Room, 12.45 & 3.30pm, Free); Mezzotono (Pizza Express, 1pm); Trans-Europa One (Barbican Free Stage, 2pm, Free); Jazz Line-Up (RFH, Clore Ballroom, 2pm, Free); Way in to the Way Out: Arun Ghosh and Zoe Rahman (QEH Front Room, 4.30pm, Free, Part 2 Sun 16); F-IRE Collective (JW3, 8pm); Somi (Rich Mix, 8pm); Strobes + Shiver (Servant Jazz Quarters, 8pm); Matt Roberts Biggish Band (Spice of Life, 8pm); Sarah Jane Morris (Hippodrome, 8pm); Hyperactive Kid + Tricko Tareco + Starlight (Vortex, 8.30pm); Peter Brötzmann, Jason Adasiewicz, Steve Noble (Café OTO, 8.45pm); Da Lata + DJ Patrick Forge (Hideaway, 9pm); Saxophone Summit (606, 9.30pm).

Sunday 16 November: Marilyn Mazur (Purcell Room, 2pm); Bill Frisell – Guitar in the Space Age plus Sam Amidon (Barbican, 7.30pm); Vinicio Capossela plus Piers Faccini and Vincent Segal (RFH, 7.30pm); Henri Texier plus Tori Freestone Trio (Purcell Room, 7.45pm); Chassol (QEH, 8pm). Next Generation Takes Over (RFH Clore Ballroom, 11.30am, Free); London Vocal Project (606, 1.30pm); Jazz Record Requests (Barbican Free Stage, 2pm, Free); Haze Indigo with Jessica Hynes (Handel House, 2pm); London Jazz Orchestra (Vortex, 4pm); Omar Puente (artsdepot, 4pm); Kevin MacKenzie and Steve Hamilton (Barbican Free Stage, 4pm, Free); Nathaniel Facey (Barbican Free Stage, 5.30pm, Free); Barb Jungr (St James Theatre, 7pm); Gareth Lockrane’s Grooveyard Unplugged (Forge, 7pm); Sam Leak Big Band (Spice of Life, 8pm); Simon Purcell (Pizza Express, 8pm); Mopomoso (Vortex, 8.30pm); China Moses (606, 8.30pm); Budapest Café Orchestra (Hideaway, 8.30pm); Jeff Williams (Green Note, 8.30pm); Chloe Charles (RAH /Elgar Room, 9.45pm).

Monday 17 November: Randy Weston and Billy Harper plus JD Allen (QEH, 7.30pm); Marilyn Mazur – Spirit Cave (Purcell Room, 7.45pm). EFG LJF Sessions (Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, Soho, 6pm, Free, Nightly to Fri 21); Trinity Laban Contemporary Jazz Ensemble (QEH Front Room, 6pm, Free); Steve Swallow/Carla Bley Quintet (Ronnie Scott’s, 7.15pm); Chris Dowding and Sarah Woolfenden (Vortex, 7.15pm); Flamenco Jazz: Chano Dominguez and Niño Josele (Shakespeare’s Globe/Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 7.30pm); Pete Wareham & Kit Downes (606, 8pm); Noemi Nuti (Forge, 8pm); Tom Green & Tom White (Spice of Life, 8pm); The Bad Plus (Village Underground, 8pm); Moonlight Saving Time (Pizza Express, 8.30pm); Tolis Zavaliaris (Charlie Wright’s, 9pm); Giovanni Di Domenico and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto (Cafe OTO, 8.45pm); Cyrille Aimée (RAH / Elgar Room, 9.45pm).

Tuesday 18 November: Snarky Puppy (The Roundhouse); Mike Fletcher Trio (Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican, 7.30pm); Trish Clowes and Guy Barker with the BBC Concert Orchestra (QEH, 7.30pm); Richard Pite presents The Newport Jazz Festival: The 1950s (Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm); Arifa (Purcell Room, 7.45pm). Andre Canniere (Pizza Express, 1pm, Free); Patchwork Project (QEH Front Room, 6pm, Free); Mike Fletcher (Guildhall School / Milton Court, 7.30pm); Sue Richardson (Crazy Coqs, 8pm, Nightly to Sat 22); Tori Freestone & Metamorphic (Servant Jazz Quarters, 8.30pm); Pascuala Ilabaca and Fauna (Rich Mix, 8pm); The Weave (Spice of Life, 8pm); Emilia Mårtensson (606, 8.30pm); Rick Simpson’s Klammer & Alex Munk (Green Note, 8.30pm); Lafayette Gilchrist, Paul Dunmall and Mark Sanders (Vortex, 8.30pm); Ripsaw Catfish (Long White Cloud, 8.30pm); Buck Clayton Legacy Band (Pizza Express, 8.30pm); Happenstance (Arch1, 8.30pm); Pat Thomas and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto + Giovanni Di Domenico (Café OTO, 8.45pm).

Wednesday 19 November: Guildhall Jazz Band (Milton Court Concert Hall, 7.30pm); Ibrahim Maalouf – Illusions (QEH, 7.30pm); Jane Monheit (Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm); NYJO plus BuJazzO Freedom and Friendship – A Century Of Jazz (Purcell Room, 7.45pm). Neal Richardson (Pizza Express, 1pm, Free); Harvey Mason (Ronnie Scott’s, 7.15pm); The Soapbox Series (Vortex, 7.15pm); Guildhall Jazz Band (Guildhall School / Milton Court, 7.30pm); Steve Lodder (Forge, 8pm); Vocal Jazz Summit (Spice of Life, 8pm); Small Ensembles (Bull’s Head, 8.30pm); Kris Bowers + Peter Edwards (XOYO, 8pm); Amina Figarova (606, 8.30pm); Emile Parisien & Alexander Hawkins (Vortex, 8.30pm); Jesse Bannister and Zoe Rahman (Pizza Express, 8.30pm); Black Top (Café OTO, 8.45pm, & Thu 20 ); Brendan Reilly (Ace Hotel Shoreditch, 9pm); Nicole Perez (Charlie Wright’s, 9pm); Alice Zawadzki (RAH / Elgar Room, 9.45pm).

Thursday 20 November: Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet plus Stefano Bollani and Hamilton de Holanda (Barbican, 7.30pm); John McLaughlin (RFH, 7.30pm); 100 years of British Song: Ian Shaw with special guests (QEH, 7.30pm); Movers and Shakers: The art of the British jazz group (Purcell Room, 7.45pm); Frazey Ford (Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm); Chucho Valdés (Kings Place: Hall 1, 7.30pm); Dan Tepfer – Goldberg Variations/ Variations (Wigmore Hall, 7.30pm). Plaistow (Pizza Express, 1pm, Free); L’Hijâz’Car (Barbican Free Stage, 6pm, Free); Nérija (QEH Front Room, 6pm, Free); Oren Marshall (Handel House, 6.30pm); Harvey Mason (Ronnie Scott’s, 7.15pm); Brendan Reilly (artsdepot, 7.45pm); Jay Phelps (Hippodrome, 8pm); Inner Spaces (Spice of Life, 8pm); Tim Garland (Club Inégales, 8pm); Soweto Kinch (606, 8.30pm); Quadraceratops & Entropi (Long White Cloud, 8.30pm); Tommaso Starace (Lauderdale House, 8.30pm); Evan Parker (Vortex, 8.30pm); Olivia Trummer (Pizza Express, 8.30pm); Emily Saunders (229 The Venue, 8.30pm); The Dixie Ticklers (The Golden Hinde, 8.30pm); In Sound Out (Servant Jazz Quarters, 8.30pm); Out Of The Loop (Charlie Wright’s, 9pm); Tony Allen (Village Underground, 9pm); Aaron Goldberg (Pizza Express, 11.45pm, Free); Finn Peters Curates (Vortex, 12.30am).

Friday 21 November: Henry Cow, Music For Films, News From Babel and Oh Moscow play the music of Lindsay Cooper (Barbican, 7.30pm); Marcus Miller plus Tony Remy (RFH, 7.30pm); Kenny Barron & Dave Holland plus Jeremy Monteiro (QEH, 7.30pm); Coleridge Goode: A Celebration (Purcell Room, 7.45pm); Leszek Możdżer (Cadogan Hall, 7.30pm); Chucho Valdés (Kings Place: Hall 1, 7:30pm). Girls In Airports (Pizza Express Jazz Club, 1pm, Free); Ezra Collective (QEH Front Room, 5.30pm, Free); Estafest (Barbican Free Stage, 6pm, Free); Laura Zakian (National Portrait Gallery, 6.30pm, Free); Natalie Williams (Pizza Express, 7.30 & 10.30pm); Sean Noonan + Tomasso Starace (The Crypt, 8pm); Zara McFarlane (Rich Mix, 8pm); Hedvig Mollestad (Club Inégales, 8pm); Chaos Orchestra (Spice of Life, 8pm); Partisans (Vortex, 8.30pm); Roy Hargrove (Ronnie Scott’s, 7.15 & 11.15pm); Norma Winstone + Emily Remembered (St. Mary’s Old Church, 8.30pm); Samara (606, 9.30pm); Finn Peters Curates (Vortex, 12.30am).

Saturday 22 November: Nikki Iles (pictured above – Purcell Room, 2pm); Lau plus Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz, Dan Berglund (Barbican, 7.30pm); Celebrating 75 Years of Blue Note: Jason Moran, Robert Glasper & guests (RFH, 7.30pm); John Stevens – A Celebration (QEH, 7.30pm); Regina Carter plus Yazz Ahmed (Purcell Room, 7.45pm); Charnett Moffett/Jean Toussaint (Kings Place: Hall 1, 3pm), Engines Orchestra and Phil Meadows Group (Hall 2, 3pm) John Escreet/James Mainwaring (Hall 2, 7.30pm) Chucho Valdés (Hall 1, 7.30pm); Johanna Graham (Pizza Express, 1pm); Search & Reflect: with Maggie Nicols (Southbank Centre / Blue Room, 10.30am); John Stevens Remembered (QEH Front Room, 2pm, Free); Clare Teal (Pizza Express, 7.30 & 10.30pm); Gwilym Simcock and John Etheridge (St John’s Downshire Hill, 7.30pm); Cactus Truck (Club Inégales, 8pm); Wild Card (Spice of Life, 8pm); Liane Carroll (St James Theatre, 8pm); Led Bib (Vortex, 8.30pm); Michal Urbaniak (POSK, 8.30pm); Roy Hargrove (Ronnie Scott’s, 8.30 & 11.15pm); Smiling Organizm (Charlie Wright’s, 9pm); Juliet Roberts and Vula Malinga (Hideaway, 9pm); Tribute to Stan Tracey (606, 9.30pm).

Sunday 23 November: Robert Mitchell – Invocation (QEH, 2pm); Charles Lloyd Quartet plus Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas (Barbican, 7.30pm); Kassé Mady Diabaté (Purcell Room, 7.45pm); Different Every Time – an evening with Robert Wyatt (QEH, 7.30pm). Gareth Lockrane Big Band (Spice of Life, 1.30pm); Nick Costley-White (Forge, 2pm); Gabriel Garrick Big Band (Hideaway, 2pm); Jazz in the Round (RFH Foyer, 2pm, Free); Blow the Fuse presents… (QEH Front Room, 2pm, Free); Yazz Ahmed (Vortex, 3.30pm); Arun Ghosh Sonic Boom (Rich Mix, 7.30pm); Will Butterworth (Dysart, 7.30pm); EyeShuTight (Forge, 7.30pm); Kneebody (Ronnie Scott’s, 8pm); Clare Teal (Pizza Express, 8pm); Loop Collective (Vortex, 8.30pm); Lillian Boutté (606, 8.30pm); Deep Whole Trio + Colin Webster and Mark Holub (Cafe OTO, 8.45pm); Juliet Roberts and Vula Malinga (Hideaway, 9pm); Smiling Organizm – Upside Down (Charlie Wright’s, 9pm); Andrew Woolf (The Salisbury, 9pm).

For all ticket information go to www.efglondonjazzfestival.com

Having arrived in 2013 with glorious weather, a strong mix of jazz, funk and soul and garnering much critical praise, and a second year attendance in 2014 with over 20,000 people across the weekend, the Love Supreme Jazz Festival is gearing up for its third edition from 3-5 July 2015.

Set in the idyllic surroundings of Glynde Place in the Sussex Downs, just next to Glyndebourne Opera house, the festival’s first two editions successfully balanced accessible main stage headliners such as Courtney Pine, Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Esperanza Spalding and Snarky Puppy alongside a vibrant mix of big name jazz artists appearing in the Ronnie Scott’s Big Top such as Dave Holland, John Scofield, Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper and Chritsian McBride. The Arena Stage also showcased the UK’s rising stars such as GoGo Penguin, Roller Trio, Laura Jurd, Melt Yourself Down, Polar Bear and Slowly Rolling Camera as well as bringing in burgeoning Brighton-based talent on the Bandstand Stage and up-and-coming jazz and blues names on the Matua Sessions Stage.

Festival director Ciro Romano commented on the upcoming third edition of the festival:
“We are absolutely delighted to confirm that the Love Supreme Festival will return for its third year. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received and by how popular the event has become in such a short space of time. Next year’s festival will undoubtedly be the biggest and best yet and we have some very exciting acts lined up."

Love Supreme 2015 takes place from 3-5 July and artists appearing will be announced shortly. Early bird tickets are available for a limited time from 1pm Thursday 13 November. Details of all ticket prices can be found at www.lovesupremefestival.com


– Mike Flynn

Saxophonist and composer Phil Meadows (above right) is set to launch his ambitious Engines Orchestra project’s debut album, Lifecycles, at the EFG London Jazz Festival on Saturday 22 November at 3pm, Hall Two, Kings Place. The project brings together 20 musicians from both jazz and classical worlds with Meadows’ core Quintet of rising stars including trumpeter Laura Jurd, pianist Elliot Galvin, bassist Conor Chaplin and drummer Simon Roth, all combining on expansive, richly textured original music. Notable guest musicians in the ensemble include dazzling violin and vocalist Alice Zawadzki (above centre) who makes a key link between the larger group and the quintet and contributes soaring jazz-folk vocals to the heady blend of sounds, while harpist Tori Hansley adds a sonic shimmer to the surging strings and brass.

This is Meadows’ second album, following his well-received June 2013 debut, Engines Of Creation, which featured his core quintet. He subsequently went on to win the prestigious Peter Whittingham Award, and also picked up the Jazz Newcomer Of The Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in May this year. Backed by Arts Council England and Help Musicians UK the Engines Orchestra plans to expand into an umbrella organisation that works with other artists on large-scale collaborations, continues to grow its educational outreach and offers performance advice for aspiring musicians through its record label.

With Lifecycles set for release on 24 November on the Engines Imprint label, Jazzwise is pleased to be able to exclusively offer listeners a chance to hear
the track 'Remembrance', see below, which is “a homage to those that are taken from us too soon”, and features Tori Handsley on harp, Elliott Galvin on piano and Alice Zawadzski on vocals.

– Mike Flynn

For more info on the album launch go to www.kingsplace.co.uk

Marquis Hill ascended to the top at the 27th annual Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition on 9 November at Hollywood’s glamorous Dolby Theatre. The 27-year-old, Chicago-native won a $25,000 music scholarship and a recording contract with Concord Records.

Accompanied by the competition trio – drummer Carl Allen, bassist Rodney Whittaker and pianist Reginald Thomas – Hill showcased his mellifluous tone and melodic, assured approach to improvisations on two classic ballads – Frank Loesser’s ‘If I Were a Bell’ and Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke’s ‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams’. Hill thoroughly impressed the panel of judges, which consisted of Randy Brecker, Quincy Jones, Roy Hargrove, Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Owens and Ambrose Akinmusire.

On the former, Hill animated the melody with sleek passages that developed knottier as the song progressed. It became a fine vehicle for his fluid, seemingly effortless virtuosity as well as his keen interactive skills. But it was his transfixing reading of ‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams’ that really sealed the deal. He zeroed in on the sensual contours of the melody by articulated it a captivating languid manner that allowed listeners to luxuriate in the sound of his horn, especially on his cadenza toward the end.

Prior to the Monk Competition, Hill was a winner at the 2013 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Improvisation Competition. He gained a lot of bandstand experience from playing with Windy City figures such as trumpeter Tito Carrillo, saxophonist Fred Anderson and pianist Willie Pickens. Also, Hill has a noteworthy discography consisting of four discs. Including the recently released, Modern Flows EP Vol 1, which meshes modern jazz with hip-hop, R&B and spoken word. Nevertheless, it’s ballads that are closet to his heart. “From a very young age, I was attracted to ballads,” Hill said after the event. “So I knew that I wanted to play a beautiful ballad during the finals and semifinals. I think it’s extremely important to be able to communicate over a ballad.”

Brooklyn’s Adam O’Farrill, the 20-year-old son of pianist, bandleader Arturo O’Farill and grandson of the legendary latin jazz legend Chico O’Farrill, also shined brightly. During the semifinals at University of California Los Angeles’ Schoenberg Music Hall, he gave one of the most suspenseful performances from the 13 semifinalists. On Billy Strayhorn’s ‘U.M.M.G’ and Thelonious Monk’s ‘Ask Me Now’ O’Farrill honed a buttery tone and fashioned elliptical improvisations that often arrived way behind the beat and unraveled in unexpected twists that revealed capricious displays of tension and release. He capped off his semifinal performance with a thrilling rendering of Charles Mingus’ skulking, ‘Pithecanthropus Erectus’.

O’Farrill’s maturity beyond his years and improvisational inventiveness made him an undisputed candidate for the finals. His conceptual approach to melody and improvisations got the best of him though during the finals as he fumbled through an inchoate cadenza at the beginning. He launched into a comely original ballad but still didn’t seem to fully recover on Monk’s “Criss-Cross.” He took home the third prize of a $10,000 music scholarship.

Billy Buss, 26-year-old alumni of the Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance from Berkley, Calif., won the second prize of $15,000 scholarship, by exciting the crowd during the finals on a frisky take of Clifford Brown’s ‘Brownie Speaks’. Of the three finalists, he showcased the most crackling of virtuosity and the brightest of tones. When he improvised, fusillade of notes burst with the marksmanship precision. He followed up the bebop standard with an exploratory original, ‘The Quotablues’, that begin with an abstract cadenza, marked by smears and zigzagging phrases, before seguing into an amorous balladry.

Before the announcement of the winner the Monk Institute threw a star-studded gala in honor of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who in 1993 hosted a major jazz concert at the White House. In addition to a litany of jazz notables such as Wayne Shorter, Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Heath, Stefon Harris, Joshua Redman and Kris Bowers, the list of Hollywood celebrities at the gala included actors Goldie Hawn, Don Cheadle and Kevin Spacey, who crooned a swaggering rendition of Bart Howard’s ‘Fly Me to the Moon’. Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves delivered two respective noteworthy performance of Gershwin’s ‘Lady Be Good’ and ‘Love Is Here to Stay’. Queen Latifah turned is a delightful reading of Harry Rosenthal’s “Georgia Rose” as did Chaka Khan on Gershwin’s ‘I Love You Porgy’.

Jazz gave way to the blues during the second portion of the gala thanks to a greasy rendition of the Crusaders’ 1972 honky-tonk classic ‘Put It Where You Want It’, featuring rocker John Mayer admirably channeling Larry Carlton. Mayer held his own too while accompanying blues legend Taj Mahal on a shimmying take on Robert Johnson’s ‘Dust My Broom’.

The performance that got everyone out of their seats though, was a sanguine take on Pharrell Williams’ contagious worldwide hit, ‘Happy’ on which he shared the stage with bassist Ben Williams, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and pianist/keyboard wizard Herbie Hancock, who deftly invigorated the anodyne pop gem with acoustic and electric piano asides that alternated between soul-jazz boogaloo and impressionistic modern jazz.

– John Murph

Scottish Saxophonist Laura Macdonald and New York pianist David Berkman will launch their new album, Duets, at EFG London Jazz Festival on Saturday, 15 November, when they open for Dee Dee Bridgwater at Queen Elizabeth Hall, before playing a three concert tour of Scotland.

The two musicians, who have worked together in various line-ups since appearing in a band Macdonald formed for an Edinburgh Jazz Festival concert a few years ago, first played as a duo when they were asked to fill an hour’s slot in a festival programme at five minutes’ notice. They had more preparation this time and exchanged emails with ideas and suggestions until they settled on a selection of romantic standards, including ‘It Could Happen to You’ and ‘My Romance’.

The album was recorded, with trumpeter Ryan Quigley producing, at Gorbals Sound in Glasgow and the duo will return to Glasgow to play at City Halls on Friday 21 November following concerts at the Tolbooth, Stirling on Wednesday 19 November and the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen on Thursday 20 November.

Duets follows Macdonald’s two albums for Spartacus Records (Laura and Awakenings) and Open Book from the quartet that she co-leads with Swedish drummer Martina Algren. Cleveland-born Berkman’s most recent recording is the New Straight Ahead, released this summer on Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind label with the New York Standards Quartet, which also features drummer Gene Jackson, saxophonist Tim Armacost, and double bassist Daiki Yasukagawa.

– Rob Adams

For more info go to www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

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