jazz & blues

Jazz Voice - EFG London Jazz Festival Opening Gala

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

Now hear this: EFG London Jazz Festival’s opening-night gala features Cécile McLorin Salvant, Cherise Adams-Burnett, Corinne Bailey Rae, Judi Jackson, Matthew Whitaker, Raul Midón and Urban Flames.

Guy Barker and the EFG London Jazz Festival Orchestra always create a superb setting for an array of great singers and some surprise guests, but this year has knocked the ball out of the park with an unmissable line-up.

This event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Multiple Grammy Award-winning Cécile McLorin Salvant brings her incredible vocal artistry and magnetic onstage persona to Jazz Voice, praised by Wynton Marsalis claiming ‘you get a singer like this once in a generation or two.'

Cherise Adams-Burnett has a passion for soul and neo-soul and a great appreciation for the tradition of jazz vocalists, with her unique delivery winning plaudits and high profile collaborations.

Corinne Bailey Rae has a deep love for jazz and has received a Grammy for her work on Herbie Hancok’s album The River. After selling out her own show at Southbank Centre, Bailey Rae is delighted to join Guy Barker and take part in Jazz Voice.

Judi Jackson was introduced to the world of music through the Jefferson Centre’s Music Lab in her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. It was here she met Wynton Marsalis, and opened for Mavis Staples, which sparked her development as a jazz vocalist and performer.

Matthew Whitaker bring his magic on the keys, after winning the 2019 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award and receiving high acclaim from The LA Times, noting his performance ‘inspired spontaneous dancing and a standing ovation.’

Raul Midón is dubbed an ‘eclectic adventurist’ by People magazine and has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, with back-to-back Grammy Nominations in the Best Vocal Jazz Album category behind his name.

Urban Flames is a 22-piece vocal collective was started two years ago by Urban Development, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to nurturing the musical talents of young people - expect raw energy, enthusiasm and excitement.

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Royal Festival Hall


£25 - £65
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