EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

Content by Anne Lawler @ Serious and Smart Arts Solutions

Following on from last year’s phenomenal 25th Anniversary of the EFG London Jazz Festival they’re back with a line up to match its success, bringing the best and freshest music to the streets, clubs and concert halls of the capital.

Our first announcement delivers a wealth of international stars to London’s concert halls, with new music and emerging British stars all added into the mix.

The first raft of concerts sets the Festival line up off in a very strong direction; from Madeleine Peyroux’s new Anthem tour, to a welcome return for Bobby McFerrin, a rare London show from Lea DeLaria – most recently recognised as Boo from Orange Is The New Black, but with a decade-spanning jazz career behind her.

We see Orphy Robinson’s reinterpretation of the classic Van Morrison album Astral Weeks, with Zara McFarlane and Sarah Jane Morris to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the album’s release, and Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance in a new collaboration with the WDR Big Band. We also announce a new partnership with the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018, this year we will host the Final – showcasing the work of the next generation.

From jazz shows for toddlers to large-scale mass participation events, our Learning & Participation programme will be launched later in the spring – and will bring high profile artists together with people of all ages and abilities for inspirational opportunities to engage with music.
Anne Lawler @ Serious

The EFG London Jazz Festival is produced by Serious, one of the UK’s leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and new music. Serious produces events that range from major concerts, festivals and national and international tours through to learning and participation programmes, conferences and specially commissioned bespoke events. Alongside its core role as a live music events producer, and programme consultants, it works in artist and rights management. Parallel to this exists the registered charity, Serious Trust, which has been established to support the next generation of artists and audiences through our artist development, learning and participation and commissioning programmes. 

The EFG London Jazz Festival was created by live international music producers, Serious. The Festival emerged from the long-standing Camden Jazz Week which was created in 1970; with the active support of the London Arts Board (now Arts Council England, London). Serious – who had for some years produced the Camden Jazz Week, engineered a transition that saw the evolution of the Festival. Taking a mix of international and British artists and a commitment to education activity, the London Jazz Festival began to spread its wings. The aims of the Festival still remain the same today; celebrating the place of jazz in a city which is at ease with its rich cultural diversity, and drawing in a multitude of venues across London who present the music, week in, week out, throughout the year.


EFG International is a global private banking group offering private banking and asset management services and is headquartered in Zurich. EFG International’s group of private banking businesses operates in around 40 locations worldwide. Its registered shares (EFGN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

16 -25 November

Tickets go on sale this week

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