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EFG London Jazz Festival 2021

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Linda May Han Oh by Shervin Lainez. Image courtesy of EFG London Jazz Festival.
Enjoy spectacular live performances in various venues across London as the city celebrates all things jazz with EFG London Jazz Festival 2021. Read More

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Experience a dazzling extravaganza of concerts and events across London during the EFG London Jazz Festival 2021.

What is the EFG London Jazz Festival?

Each year, the festival plays host to 10 days of performances, bringing together new talent and world-renowned figures from the electrifying world of jazz to venues across the city. 

Since its inception in 1992, the EFG London Jazz Festival has seen the likes of Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, the Gipsy Kings, Wayne Shorter, Joe Pass and Robert Glasper on its billing; while composers such as George Russell, Carla Bley, Gerald Wilson and Randy Weston have composed pieces specifically for the festival. 

What's on during EFG London Jazz Festival?

You can usually find gigs at venues throughout London, from Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, to smaller spaces such as King’s Place, the Purcell Room and the Omnibus Theatre.

Last year, many events were hosted online. Here's a flavour of what you could enjoy...

Free gigs to enjoy from home

  • Tune in to a live stream of Jazz Voice, the grand opening show from Cadogan Hall, featuring vocals from Zara McFarlane, Cleveland Watkiss and more.
  • See the multi-talented Emma-Jean Thackray put on her singing hat in a free recorded performance.
  • Nathaniel Facey brought original composition combining key moments of the jazz scene in a free gig from Green Note.
  • Explore an eclectic mix of jazz and traditional African rhythms with Zantogola's gig.
  • You could welcome Orphy Robinson's Virtual Jazz Club Band into your home and enjoy submissions from members of the community.

Paid-for concerts on your couch 

Tigran Hamasyan sitting down and playing two pianos, one with each hand.

  • Celebrate Pharoah Sanders's 80th birthday, as the SEED Ensemble and special guests celebrated his repertoire online, live from the Barbican.
  • Mark your calendar for a Saturday with Armenian piano maestro Tigran Hamasyan, as he performed an exclusive online set.
  • Join a live stream performance from the award-winning Scottish vocalist Georgia Cecile.
  • Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh broadcasted live from her studio in New York City.
  • Vortex Jazz Club hosted an entertaining conversation between a guitarist John Etheridge and broadcaster Laurie Taylor, as they chatted all things jazz and the industry.
  • You could join Shabaka Hutchings as the versatile musician took to the virtual stage with the Britten Sinfonia ensemble.  

Check back closer to the time for confirmed programme of events to enjoy in 2021.

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