A raft of new concert hall additions have been announced for this year's 25th anniversary EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 10 to 19 November. Swelling the programme's headliners will be an eagerly anticipated brass-heavy meeting between great Brit-jazz multi-reedist John Surman and composer John Warren on material from their recently released 'lost album', The Traveller's Tale, performed live by an all-star UK band (Kings Place, 12 Nov). Other large scale additions include an interstellar trip through the music of Alice and John Coltrane on a triple bill of free-blowing sax firebrand Pharoah Sanders' Quartet, top UK saxophonist Denys Baptiste's The Late Trane band and harpist Alina Bzhezhinska's Quartet with Tony Kofi (18 Nov). Adventurous string ensemble Britten Sinfonia team up with Swiss polyrhythmic pianist Nik Bärtsch (Wigmore Hall, 17 Nov) and there's a thrumming guitar summit from the massed six-strings of Chico and the Gypsies featuring original members of the Gypsy Kings (Royal Festival Hall, 18 Nov).

A triumvirate of vocalists appear at Cadogan Hall and include the sophisticated jazz-meets-samba sounds of Eliane Elias (14 Nov), jazzified Motown-songs from Dee Dee Bridgewater (16 Nov) and the witty culinary critic turned jazz-pianist Jay Rayner's Quartet (17 Nov). There's New Orleans jazz-funk from Trombone Shorty (Shepherd's Bush Empire, 13 Nov); gospel-fired fusion from Snarky Puppy keys master Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles (KOKO, 14 Nov) and heavy-jams from West Coast Get Down bass ace Miles Mosley (Islington Assembly Hall, 12 Nov). Cutting-edge sounds continue at two nights programmed by hip-and-happening music agency The Good Music Company (Rich Mix, 16 and 18 Nov), the first sees two NYC jazztronica collectives squaring up in the form of keyboardist Jason Lindner's Now Vs Now and the bombastic Kneebody, while the second features a triple bill two New York name and one Norwegian newcomer, with BIGYUKI, Butcher Brown and ROHEY all vying for attention.

Further additions include brilliant Quincy Jones piano protégé Justin Kauflin's Trio on a double-bill with finely poised trumpet/guitar duo Airelle Besson and Vincent Segal (Wigmore Hall, 16 Nov) and a rare concert hall appearance by celebrated US pianist Fred Hersch and his Trio at Hall One, Kings Place (18 Nov). The centenary year of iconic pianist and composer Thelonious Monk is marked with two concerts, the first a theatrical evocation of his life and music, entitled MONK MISTERIOSO – a journey into the silence of Thelonious Monk (Kings Place Hall 2, 18 Nov), written by prominent Italian writer Stefano Benni whose Theatralia brings together a stellar cast of vocalist Filomena Campus, Cleveland Watkiss, Pat Thomas, Rowland Sutherland, Dudley Phillips and Mark Mondesir. While the Monk-A-Thon (Cadogan Hall, 19 Nov) sees pianist Jonathan Gee and altoist Tony Kofi lead a top UK band through Monk's timeless songbook and a second half appearance by renowned trumpeter/arranger and Strata East label founder Charles Tolliver who will lead an 11-piece ensemble, playing music from Monk's legendary 1959 Town Hall concert which Tolliver himself attended. And finally there's a guitar-led freestage workshop and concert, A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World..., led by top UK axe-slinger Chris Montague taking place at the Southbank Centre's Clore Ballroom (4.30pm, 18 Nov).

These shows join those already announced in Jazzwise (media partners of the festival), which include Pat Metheny Quartet (Barbican, 10 Nov); Jazz Voice (RFH, 10 Nov); 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 Stanko's New York Quartet (Cadogan Hall, 10 Nov); Zakir Hussain's Crosscurrents with Dave Holland and Chris Potter (Barbican, 11 Nov); Average White Band + LaSharVu (RFH, 11 Nov); Andy Sheppard Quartet (Kings Place, 11 Nov); Brad Mehldau/Chris Thile (Barbican, 12 Nov); Roland Perrin Trio with the Blue Planet Orchestra (Barbican, matinee performance, 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); Knower (Scala, 13 Nov); Paolo Conte (RFH, 13 Nov); Abdullah Ibrahim/Hugh Masekela Jazz Epistles (RFH, 14 Nov) and Terrence Blanchard with the BBC Concert Orchestra (Barbican, 19 Nov), among many others.

– Mike Flynn

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

Set against the lush tropical gardens that stretch down from the Borneo Jazz Festival stage to a palm-fringed white sand beach where the delicate oud-sounding curlicues of Chung YuFeng's Chinese lute-like pipa spin fleetingly around Michael Simon's plangent flugelhorn, it's hard not to concur with the knowing words of keyboard player and bandleader Idang Rasjidi, the erstwhile godfather of Indonesian jazz: "America does not own jazz anymore, the world now owns it." A remark that hits the spot with all the power and accuracy of an Iban headhunter's deadly blowpipe given the unique multi-cultural musical vibrancy of this magical boutique festival, now in its 12th year.

Artistic director Jun Lin Yeoh programmes groups from the increasingly strong Malaysian and Indonesian jazz scene alongside a highly eclectic mix of mainly emerging ensembles from around the world. And you don't get more much eclectic than the Fluoroscent Collective whose eight young members hail from Malaysia, Borneo, India, Italy and America and who are all currently studying at Berklee. With influences ranging from Miles Davis to Snarky Puppy, their vibrant jazz/prog/world is clearly a formative work in progress with edgy Holdsworth/Zappa influenced guitarist Alief Hamdan a name to watch. Originally formed over 40 years ago South Africa's Cape Jazz Band brought their bouncy mix of mainstream and funky jazz to a highpoint with a township-style intro to a moody 'What's Goin' On', while the potent Creole blues of the French/Guadaloupe trio Delgres, fronted by guitarist Pascal Danae's stinging bottleneck and Rafgee Gouthiere's pumping sousaphone comes on like John Lee Hooker meets Ali Farka Toure in Congo Square. Afro-Cuban bands are a regular feature at this festival and the Netherlands based Cabocuba Jazz, whose players come from Cuba, Holland, and Cape Verde, bring a bristling set of Cuban, fado and salsa to boiling point fronted by spirited pianist Carlos Matos and the inventive, skittering congas and percussion of Nils Fisher.

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A big hit of the second night, Canadian singer and pianist Laila Biali prowls the hinterland between jazz and singer-songwriter with confidence and poise, occasionally channeling Joni Mitchell and Carole King but equally strong on her own compositions and dynamic, classically-tinged improvisation. Her dramatic down-tempo rearrangement of Bowie's 'Let's Dance', with expressive accompaniment by her strong rhythm section, should be a passport to bigger things.

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In many ways though it was both Michael Simon's Asian Collective and the Idang Rasjidi Syndicate who echoed the region's atmosphere and heat with two contrasting yet compelling performances that point towards a fascinating future for Southeast Asian jazz. Simon's group fuse bewitching Indonesian and Chinese folk traditions with an impressionistic acoustic/electric Steps Ahead feel, while the clue to Rasjidi's prime influence lies in his group's name. This is not latter day Zawinul though but the early 1970s edgy drive of Weather Report. Rasjidi's gritty Fender Rhodes and edgy analogue effects push and prod the Indonesian-flecked themes while Iwan Wiradireja's unrelenting polyrhythmic drive across congas, djembe and rapid-fire bongo accents fuel the top line's intense improvisation. Like several groups throughout the weekend, ethnic percussion plays a vital role in freeing and uplifting the rhythmic spirit, and is a unique musical signature of both the Borneo Jazz Festival and its sister event, the Rainforest World Music Festival held in July.

– Jon Newey

– Photos courtesy Sarawak Tourism Board - Laila Biali (top), Michael Simons Asian Collective (middle) and Idang Rasjidi Syndicate (bottom)

DaleCooperQuartet by MaximeVavasseur

Britanny-based brigands Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones have forged a distinctly noir amalgam of Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, Scott Walker, David Sylvian, Frank Sinatra and Fennesz on their latest showpiece, Astrild Astrild, released by the Denovali label.

Check out 'Son Mansarde Roselin' from the album right here:

– Spencer Grady
– Photo by Maxime Vavasseur

For more info on this and other releases visit www.denovali.com

Fast rising drummer Ollie Howell recently released his second album, Self-Identity, on the US label Ropeadope, ahead of a series of live dates in Europe and the UK. The album features a strong line-up of emerging British players such as trumpeter Henry Spencer, saxophonist Duncan Eagles and guitarist Ant Law, all combing on Howell's groove-led originals.

The band take to the road this summer, kicking off with a date at Vienna's renowned Porgy & Bess Jazz Club on 4 July, before heading back to these shores for a string of dates at: Elgar Room, London (28 Sept); Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (11 Oct); Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (13 Oct); Community & Arts Centre, Nairn (14 Oct); and Spice of Life, London Jazz Festival (12 Nov).

Jazzwise is pleased to present an exclusive first look at the video for 'Knew', which features storming solos from Ant Law and Duncan Eagles and is taken from Self-Identity

 

The 31st edition of the Glasgow Jazz Festival, running from 21-25 June, promises to be a diverse and forward-looking affair with many rising stars set to perform. These include an opening night spot from proggy electronica trio Strobes, rising star Scottish bass player David Bowden's Mezcla group, and cool swinging trumpeter Jay Phelps' Quartet. Also appearing across these four nights are the grooveheavy Ezra Collective, Michael Janisch's Paradigm Shift, fearlessly funky all female collective Nérija, prodigiously talented Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler and show-stopping Florida-born trumpeter Theo Croker (above, centre).

Established stars also on the bill include Scottish jazz guitar great Martin Taylor (above right) who lines-up with Laura McDonald for a tribute to Ella; the powerful piano poundings of the Neil Cowley Trio (above left); Afro-jazz drum dons Ginger Baker and Tony Allen (appearing separately); the hugely impressive Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and soul jazz superstar Gregory Porter. The festival takes place in various venues across the city including The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Old Fruitmarket, St Luke's, Drygate and The Hug and Pint.

– Mike Flynn

For full programme details and tickets visit www.jazzfest.co.uk

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