EFG London Jazz Festival

A celebration of jazz in all its weird and wonderful forms comes to Hackney venues in November

NOW in its 23rd year, the EFG London Jazz Festival is an internationally renowned celebration of jazz in all its weird and wonderful forms.

This year, the capital’s biggest city-wide music festival takes places from 13 to 22 November, and some of the programme highlights are taking place in Hackney.

Favourites include the Hidden Orchestra on 13 November, whose site specific set is weaved around the impressive architecture of St John-at-Hackney church, including large scale projected visuals.

MOBO award-winning quartet Sons of Kemet will bring their African and Caribbean influenced sounds to Rich Mix on the same night, plus there's Christian Scott and Theon Cross on 16 November, and Bachar Mar-Khalife on 19 November.

Cult Australian band The Necks have a four-day residency at Café OTO, in Dalston. While Terence Blanchard is one of the jazz big hitters to play the Barbican on 20 November, followed by hip hop living legend, Ice-T with Ron McCurdy, who are showcasing the Langston Hughes Project Ask Your Mama on 21 November. 

Time to get your jazz hands out and your jiving shoes on.