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Podcast: EFG London Jazz Festival

Podcast: EFG London Jazz Festival

We preview some of the top gigs from the 21st London Jazz Festival

Jazz icon Wayne Shorter returns to London to celebrate his 80th birthday at the 2013 London Jazz Festival

In its 21st year, London’s biggest city-wide music festival brings together established stars and emerging talent, reflecting the traditions of jazz and illuminating its breadth and depth. Running from 15-24 November, this year's programme features concerts, premieres, talks, family events, workshops and a fantastic series of free events. In total, over 280 performances in more than 60 venues brings the Festival to every corner of the capital.

In this podcast, Peter Quinn and Sebastian Scotney preview some of the best gigs from this year's festival (for specific timings of audio excerpts please see 'Event/Track listing' below):


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Event/Track listing:

Black Top, Cafe OTO
Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November, 8pm
Track (excerpt): "Big Stepping Manthem" (unissued)

Stan Sulzmann's Neon Orchestra plus Brass Jaw, Purcell Room
Friday 15 November, 7.45pm
Track (excerpt): "The Thrill has Gone" from Birthdays Birthdays (Village Life)

René Marie, Pizza Express
Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November (2 sets each night at 7.30 and 10.30pm)
Track (excerpt): "I'd Rather Be Burned As A Witch" from I Wanna Be Evil (Motéma)

Wayne Shorter Quartet plus BBC Concert Orchestra, Barbican
Sunday 17 November, 8pm
Track (excerpt): "Orbits" from WIthout A Net (Blue Note)

Look, Stranger with Ruthie Culver and Sir Derek Jacobi, Kings Place Hall One
Monday 18 November, 7pm
Track (excerpt): "Seascape" from Look, Stranger (Purring)

Christine Tobin, Purcell Room
Tuesday 19 November, 7.45pm
Track (excerpt): "Famous Blue Raincoat" from A Thousand Kisses Deep (forthcoming on Trail Belle Records)

Courtney Pine and Monty Alexander, Barbican
Tuesday 19 November, 7.30pm
Plus pre-concert panel session on the history and impact of Caribbean jazz in the Fountain Room at 6pm (free).
Track: "Samuel Sharp" from House of Legends (Destin-E)

Bobby Wellins, 606 Club
Wednesday 20 November, 8.30pm
Track: "Starless and Bible Black" from Under Milk Wood (Resteamed)

Alice Zawadzki Band, Polish Jazz Café POSK
Friday 22 November, 9pm
Track: "Ring of Fire" (unissued)

Philip Catherine/John Etheridge, plus Pascal Schumacher/Sylvain Rifflet plus Igor Gehenot Trio, Vortex
Saturday 23 November, 8.30pm
Track: "Les Enfants" from Oscar (Igloo)

  • For full details of all events visit the London Jazz Festival website.
  • Catch live broadcasts, concert recordings and highlights from the festival on BBC Radio 3 throughout November and December.

Podcast edited by Rob Edgar.
Sebastian Scotney runs London Jazz News.

In total, over 280 performances in more than 60 venues brings the Festival to every corner of the capital

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