London Jazz Festival launches

Running from 13-22 November the EFG London Jazz Festival this year is very different for very obvious reasons, the organisers describing their approach as ''living in two worlds'' both online and live, rethinking their approach to chime with the new …

Published: 24 Sep 2020. Updated: 16 months.

Running from 13-22 November the EFG London Jazz Festival this year is very different for very obvious reasons, the organisers describing their approach as ''living in two worlds'' both online and live, rethinking their approach to chime with the new 2020 normal.

Prior to tonight's big reveal hosted by Fusion, concerts by Cassie Kinoshi and Seed Ensemble and by Shabaka Hutchings with the Britten Sinfonia were already announced for November's festival.

Highlights just announced by Pelin Opcin, director of the festival, also include in addition: Jazz Voice feat. China Moses, David McAlmont and more; Tomorrow's Warriors celebrating Charlie Parker; Anthony Joseph; Sarathy Korwar; Yazz Ahmed; Camilla George; Tigran; and the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year will be also part of the festival. Orphy Robinson will lead a virtual jazz jam.

Video contributors to the launch presentation included mayor of London Sadiq Khan, BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey, broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre, trumpeter Yazz Ahmed, bassist Gary Crosby, saxophonist Binker Golding and BBC Head of Music Commisioning Jan Younghusband.

Performing at the online launch were Rosie Turton's band, the Sarathy Korwar band and Linda May Han Oh.

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November release for Tom Smith debut Gecko

Playing saxophone and bass clarinet Tom Smith makes his debut this autumn with a November album release titled Gecko for the Basho label. Smith (not to be confused with Scottish saxophonist Tommy) was a two-time finalist in the ferociously …

Published: 24 Sep 2020. Updated: 16 months.

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Playing saxophone and bass clarinet Tom Smith makes his debut this autumn with a November album release titled Gecko for the Basho label. Smith (not to be confused with Scottish saxophonist Tommy) was a two-time finalist in the ferociously competitive BBC Young Jazz Musician contest and composes all the tracks on the album which was produced by Tim Garland. Chamber-jazz in flavour there is some beautiful playing here from Smith, a former student of the Royal Academy of Music, and his band of Jonny Mansfield on vibes and Will Barry on piano. Tracks include 'House in the Clouds' which you can listen to a live version of below. Basho say partly because of the pandemic Gecko will be the label's ''first digital only release'' and will be available via Bandcamp and online retailers.