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The EFG London Jazz Festival 2018
American stars come to town for a Truly Transatlantic Jazz Festival
The EFG London Jazz Festival returns to the capital this Fall, and between Friday November 16 and Sunday November 25, the Americans are coming to town. As a celebration of Jazz, the festival has always had a strong affinity with the US, and this year's line up highlights the strong Transatlantic connections that the festival has developed. The likes of Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Fly), Lea Delaria (Orange is the New Black) and Madeleine Peyroux are among the American contingent performing at venues across the capital, including Kings Place, the Southbank Centre, The PizzaExpress Jazz Club, The Pheasantry and many more.
The North Atlantic connection will be particularly prominent for the festival's opening night event, 'Jazz Voice' at the Southbank Centre on Friday November 16. New York's own Allan Harris, Deva Mahal (daughter of American blues icon Taj Mahal), Canadian Jazz vocalist Laila Biali, and Lea Delaria will take to the stage, backed by Guy Barker's big 42-piece orchestra.
Discussing the opening night gala and the Jazz Festival with The American magazine, Allan Harris described it as a "swinging homecoming!" for American musicians, celebrating the special relationship that has emerged through music between the US and UK. "Not only do we share the same language we have always listened and exchanged the same music. From Big Band during the war era, to soul, rock, the blues and even country, the UK has been our second home when it comes to cultural exchange. For after all, we are the UK's prodigal step children."
Below you'll find a few details on some of the Americans who will be appearing, when and where. Check it out!
Fri 16th Nov: Jazz Voice – Festival Opening Gala – Royal Festival Hall
Fri 16th – Sun 18th Nov: Ethan Iverson Residency - Kings Place
Sun 18th Nov: Lea DeLaria – Bridge Theatre
Mon 19th Nov: Archie Shepp – Barbican
Tues 20th Nov: Stanley Clarke Band + The Headhunters – Royal Festival Hall
Weds 21st + Thurs 22nd Nov: Jaimie Branch – Café Oto
Fri 23rd Nov: Jazz Cubano! - Barbican
Sat 24th Nov: Madeleine Peyroux – Royal Festival Hall
Sat 25th Nov: Melody Gardot – Royal Festival Hall