St. James Studio to Host EFG London Jazz Festival Once Again in November 2016

St. James Studio to Host EFG London Jazz Festival Once Again in November 2016The St. James Studio is delighted to once again be a host venue for the EFG London Jazz Festival. Eight events will take place at the St. James over the course of the festival, which will run from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 November 2016.

Tickets go on sale to St. James Theatre friends on Monday 18 July at 12 midday and on general sale on Tuesday 19 July at 12 midday.

JBGB Events presents



Friday 11 November at 8pm


On the opening night of the London Jazz Festival come two brilliant classically trained, and outstanding stride, boogie and blues pianists, to play the two pianos in the intimate Studio.

Paolo Alderighi, originally from Italy, and Stephanie Trick, from the USA, met at a piano festival. They started on a four hands piano project dedicated to classic jazz, preparing arrangements of songs from the swing era, as well as drawing from the Harlem stride, ragtime and blues repertoire.

Performing internationally in jazz and music festivals to wild acclaim, they arrive in the UK to launch our EFG London Jazz Festival programme, for what will be a concert not only to thrill all piano fans, but to amaze, entertain and delight everyone who just enjoys wonderful music.

"Stephanie and Paolo are an inspiration. Such back-and-forth! Individually they are marvellous, but together their 4-handed stride is just remarkable." Dick Hyman

JBGB Events presents


Saturday 12 November at 2.30pm


Featuring jazz pianists Paolo Alderighi, Darius Brubeck, Frank Harrison, Chris Ingham, Joe Stilgoe and Stephanie Trick.

A concert of stunning, original performances and improvised piano magic, from six outstanding international jazz pianists. A range of piano styles, including Harlem stride, ragtime, boogie-woogie, gospel, blues, swing, be-bop and modal, with solos, duets and a finale featuring all six together.

JBGB Events presents


Saturday 12 November at 8pm


Featuring Darius Brubeck on piano, Dave O'Higgins on saxophones, Matt Ridley on double bass and Wesley Gibbens on drums.

Following a successful tour this year of Canada, sold out appearances at the Cheltenham and Glasgow International Jazz Festivals, and acclaimed evenings at Ronnie Scotts and Pizza Express Jazz Club, Darius Brubeck brings his quartet to the St. James Studio for their debut appearance in the EFG London Jazz Festival.

During the 1970s, Darius toured the world with 'Two Generations of Brubeck' and 'The New Brubeck Quartet'.

He moved to South Africa in 1983, initiating the first degree course in Jazz Studies offered by an African university, eventually founding the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music.

Following the success of the CD Cathy's Summer featuring many new Darius Brubeck compositions, and to coincide with the recent launch of their new album Years Ago, this concert of acoustic music - melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and engaging - will include standards, South African jazz and ever-popular Dave Brubeck music.

"Darius, the oldest of Dave Brubeck's sons, plays stylish piano and knows the score" - Jack Massarik, Evening Standard

Word Theatre presents


Sunday 13 November at 4pm


Featuring singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas, Chipo Chung (Fortitude and AD: Kingdom and Empire), MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga, Kill List, Downton Abbey), Ginny Holder (London Has Fallen, Manderlay, Holby City), Miles Jupp (Spy, Gary Tank Commander, Rev.), Joseph Marcell (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, EastEnders, Holby City), John Schwab (Zero Dark Thirty, Kick Ass 2, The Fifth Estate) and Rhashan Stone (Strike Back, The Smoke, Agatha Raisin) .

After a stellar debut at last year's EFG London Jazz Festival, WordTheatre returns to the St. James Studio with And All That Jazz... With new material and songs, world-renowned jazz pianist James Pearson improvises a completely original score as an impressive array of celebrated singers and actors illuminate the rich history of jazz through the words and songs of its greatest personas including Jelly Roll Morton, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Mary Lou Williams, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Nina Simone, plus authors Jack Kerouac, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes and many more.

JBGB Events presents


Tuesday 15 November at 8pm


Featuring Louise Marshall on vocals, Derek Nash on saxophones, David Newton on piano, Geoff Gascoyne on double bass and Nic France on drums.

With a smoky voice that crackles and pops, Louise Marshall is an established star with Jools Holland, David Gilmour and Roxy Music. Fresh from a UK tour, she brings to the St. James a fiery passion in singing the blues, soul and contemporary takes on the Great American Songbook.

Derek Nash returns to the St. James Studio following his sell-out Masters of Mainstream performance last year. He has played saxophone for Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since 2004. His CDs Young Lions, Old Tigers (2002) and Joyriding (2012) have both been awarded Best New CD at the British Jazz Awards. David Newton, thirteen times winner of Best Pianist in these awards, will be featured on piano.

"Derek Nash is one of the most versatile saxophonists" - The Guardian

JBGB Events presents


Wednesday 16 November at 8pm


Featuring Paul Higgs on trumpet, Colin Watling on tenor saxophone, Kevin Flanagan on alto saxophone, Chris Ingham on piano, Robert Rickenberg on double bass and George Double on drums

MiLes Davis is widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. In 1959 he produced his masterpiece album Kind of Blue, featuring the classic tracks So What and All Blues. The album highlighted the extraordinary talents of soon-to-be-legendary jazz greats John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley.

Following a sell out From Bop to Blue at Pizza Express, Chris Ingham, no stranger to success at the St. James and the EFG London Jazz Festival, traces Miles's musical journey that culminated with the Kind of Blue album. His hard driving REBOP ensemble evokes the style and sounds of the wonderful music of the MiLes Davis sextet, adding their own imaginative creativity and improvisations.

"Rebop are one of the best bands in the country" - Eastern Daily Press.

JBGB Events presents

Elaine Delmar

Thursday 17 November at 8pm


Elaine Delmar with Martin Shaw on trumpet, Barry Green on piano, Simon Thorpe on double bass and Bobby Worth on drums.

Elaine Delmar has long been established as a singer of the very highest calibre - with the voice, looks and personality that have captivated worldwide audiences. She's equally at home, whether entertaining a concert audience, or performing in the more intimate cabaret/small theatre settings.

Her American Song Book presentations sold out at St. James Studio and The Pheasantry. Elaine was awarded best vocalist in the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

For this EFG London Jazz Festival concert Elaine brings her proven jazz sensitivities and wide vocal range to bear not only on a range of classic musical favourites, but also on delightful, less well known gems.

"One of the ageless, evergreen singing stars that we have... as beautiful and talented as ever... she's marvellous!" - Sir Michael Parkinson


Friday 18 & Saturday 19 November at 8pm


Norwegian songstress Silje Nergaard makes a long awaited return to the UK, playing her first shows since 2007. Her new album Chain Of Days was released in Europe to critical acclaim in 2015 and Silje will be performing tracks from this alongside songs that span the length of her 25 year career. Silje's 2001 album At First Light remains the best-selling Norwegian Jazz album of all time and featured the beautiful song Be Still My Heart. This is a rare chance to see a truly stunning and inspiring artist in concert.

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 London Jazz Festival was created in 1992 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, headquartered in Zurich. EFG International's group of private banking businesses operates in around 30 locations worldwide, with circa 2,200 employees. EFG International's registered shares (EFGN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. It is represented in the UK by EFG Private Bank, which offers a range of wealth management services in the UK (with offices in London and the Midlands) and Channel Islands.
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