The names have been revealed for this year's 10th edition of Jazz Voice, the EFG London Jazz Festival's opening night vocal jazz extravaganza, at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 10 November. Reaching across jazz, funk, soul and pop worlds British guest singers include acclaimed jazz vocalist Liane Carroll, soul-jazz singer Mica Paris, R&B singer Tony Momrelle and Incognito's lead vocalist Vanessa Hayes, chart topping vocalist Seal and charismatic Wes Coast Get Down bassist/singer Miles Mosley, who first gained global recognition for his Hendrix-style double bass playing as part of LA sax titan Kamasi Washington's band. All these names will be backed by composer/arranger Guy Barker's specially convened London Jazz Festival jazz orchestra, a 40-piece ensemble combining strings, brass section and core jazz group comprised of many of the UK's finest musicians. Watch this space for additional names to be added to the Jazz Voice line-up.

This show is one of over 300 taking place during the 10-day citywide festival, highlights of which include: Keith Tippett Octet with Matthew Bourne (Kings Place, 10 Nov), Michael Janisch Quartet with Rez Abbasi, Henry Spencer's Juncture, Zhenya Strigalev Trio (Rich Mix, 10 Nov); Tomasz Stańko's New York Quartet (Cadogan Hall, 10 Nov); Zakir Hussain's Crosscurrents with Dave Holland and Chris Potter (Barbican, 11 Nov); Andy Sheppard Quartet (Kings Place, 11 Nov); John Surman and John Warren's The Traveller's Tale (Kings Place, 12 Nov); Miles Mosley and the West Coast Get Down (Islington Assembly Hall, 12 Nov); Brad Mehldau/Chris Thile (Barbican, 12 Nov); Led Bib, Schnellertollermeier and WorldService Project (Rich Mix, 12 Nov); Marcus Miller (RFH, 12 Nov); Richard Pite's 1957: A Jazz Jukebox (Cadogan Hall, 12 Nov); Herbie Hancock (Barbican, 13-14 Nov); Knower (Scala, 13 Nov); Courtney Pine's Black Notes From The Deep (Bridge Theatre, 13 Nov); Trombone Shorty (Shepherd's Bush Empire, 13 Nov); Paolo Conte (RFH, 13 Nov); Abdullah Ibrahim/Hugh Masekela Jazz Epistles (RFH, 14 Nov); Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles (KOKO, 14 Nov); Jaimeo Brown's Transcendance (Rich Mix, 14 Nov); Justin Kauflin Trio plus Airelle Besson and Vincent Segal (Wigmore Hall, 16 Nov); Nik Bärtsch (Wigmore Hall, 17 Nov); Darcy-James Argue's Secret Society (Kings Place, 17 Nov); Jay Rayner's Quartet (Cadogan Hall, 17 Nov); Pharoah Sanders' Quartet, Denys Baptiste's The Late Trane band and Alina Bzhezhinska's Quartet with Tony Kofi (Barbican, 18 Nov) and Terrence Blanchard with the BBC Concert Orchestra (Barbican, 19 Nov), among many others. Jazzwise is media partner for the festival.

– Mike Flynn

Full listings and tickets at www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

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Swiss piano trio VEIN release their latest album, VEIN Plays Ravel, on Double Moon on 8 September – with acclaimed British saxophonist Andy Sheppard as the album's featured guest. The trio feaures twins, drummer Florian Arbenz and pianist Michael Arbenz with bassist Thomas Lähns, and has made a successful habit of working with high calibre horn horn players, including US saxophonists Dave Liebman and Greg Osby, with whom they've toured extensively.

Their latest recording sees the trio diving into the music the 20th century French composer, Maurice Ravel, to explore eight of his pieces that touch on the musical worlds of baroque, Spanish and jazz. These include Ravel's 'Le Tombeau de Couperin suite', 'Mouvement de Menuet' (from Sonatine), 'Blues' (from his Violin Sonata) and 'the 5 o'clock Foxtrot' (from the opera L'Enfant et les Sortilèges) which was influenced by his love of jazz and the salon music of the time.

Commenting on working with VEIN, Andy Sheppard said: ""It was great to find myself deep in the Vein world participating in their wonderful reimagining of Maurice Ravel - the band has real momentum, direction and passion for the music. Onwards and upwards, Maurice lives !"

Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.vein.ch

Jazzwise is pleased to present an exclusive first look at the video for 'Forlane'



Southampton's Turner Sims concert hall has a bumper crop of top UK and international names lining up for its 2017 autumn/ winter schedule. Chief among these will be a concert by revered British composer/trombonist Mike Gibbs (top left) as he celebrates his 80th birthday year, where he will conduct an all-star 18-piece band made up of the cream of British jazz talent on 29 September.

The strong bookings continue with Brel, Ferre and Piaf songs from chanteuse Ute Lemper (16 Sept); fast emerging Luxembourg piano/bass/drum threesome Reis/ Demuth/Wiltgen Trio (6 Oct); jazz-edged electronica group Portico Quartet (13 Oct); swinging Texas trio Hot Club of Cowtown on their 20th anniversary tour (28 Oct); and a riot of freeform music making from renowned Dutch improvisers ICP Orchestra (above right, 31 Oct).

The excellent bookings continue into the autumn and early part of 2018 with numerous highlights including resurgent tenor titan Deny Baptise (top) and his powerful The Late Trane project (3 Nov); new music from the Andy Sheppard Quartet as they play material from his forthcoming ECM album, Beyond The Dancing Sun (10 Nov); the fiery beat-laden sounds from trumpet star Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah and his top-notch band (16 Nov); emerging US piano sensation Aaron Diehl Trio (24 Nov); the suave post-bop and swing of Darius Brubeck (21 Dec); sax'n'drum demons Binker & Moses (12 Jan 2018); the 10th anniversary tour of Brit-jazz powerhouse Beats & Pieces Big Band (20 Jan 2018) and the finely poised classical/ electronica influenced music of Trish Clowes' My Iris band (27 Jan). Jazzwise is media partner for this concert series.

– Mike Flynn

For more info and full listings visit www.turnersims.co.uk

This year's edition of the Steve Reid Innovation showcase will take place on 12 September at Omeara, London SE1, and includes rising star saxophonist Nubya Garcia (above) who is gaining recognition for her work with her own 5tet, all-female septet Nérija, spiritual jazz ensemble Maisha and her high-energy hook up with tuba titan Theon Cross.

Other artists appearing at the showcase are flautist/singer/producer Ola Szmidt, singer songwriter John Elliott aka The Little Unsaid and emergent jazz drummer Femi Koleoso. The Steve Reid Foundation was set up by DJ/broadcaster Gilles Peterson after he witnessed late great drummer, Reid, suffering in terrible poverty after he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009.

The Steve Reid Innovation Fund is run by PRS Foundation and the Steve Reid Foundation, and offers "vital support to unsigned artists pushing musical boundaries", with each artist appearing at the showcase receiving development bursaries and mentoring from the Foundation.

– Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.prsformusicfoundation.com

Watch Nubya Garcia perform a unique duo jam with keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones

Pianist and composer Tom Millar starts his autumn tour this month in support of his debut album, Unnatural Events, which is released on 15 September on emergent imprint Spark Records. Inspired by places and people that are important to Millar, the pianist is joined by the talents of bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, guitarist Alex Munk and drummer Dave Storey, with acclaimed singer Alice Zawadzki featured on two tracks on the album.

Millar and his quartet play the following dates: Matt and Phreds, Manchester (7 Sept); Cafe Lento, Leeds (8 Sept); Lighthouse, Deal (10 Sept); Sproggit's, Leeds (18 Sept); Basement Jazz Bar, York (19 Sept); Pizza Express Jazz Club, London (20 Sept); Jazz at Future Inns, Bristol (21 Sept); Hot Number Cafe, Cambridge (22 Sept); Herts Jazz, Welwyn Garden City (24 Sept); Bull's Head, Barnes, London (27 Sept); Players' Theatre, Davenham (28 Sept); Kenilworth Jazz Club @ Kenilworth Rugby Club (2 Oct); Cafe Jazz, Cardiff (5 Oct); Burdall's Yard, Bath (6 Oct); Keble College, Oxford (19 Oct); Chichester Jazz (Oct 20 Oct); Jazz at the Spotted Dog, Birmingham (24 Oct); Swing Unlimited, Bournemouth (25 Oct); Ram Jam Club, Kingston (26 Oct) and Green Note, Camden (15 Nov, as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival).

– Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.tommillar.com

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