EFG London Jazz Festival 2021
On sale to Principal and Premier Patrons 10am Fri 25 Jun
On sale to Patrons 10am Mon 28 Jun
On sale to Members Plus 10am Thu 1 Jul
On sale to Members 10am Fri 2 Jul
On general sale 10am Tue 6 Jul
London's finest Jazz festival brings musicians from all over the globe into the capital - from jazz masters flexing their chops to cutting edge bands making a stir.
The EFG London Jazz Festival – presented by our Associate Producer Serious – comprises hundreds of gigs across the city and sees jazz popping up everywhere, from concert halls to street corners.
We're back in the Hall for 2021 with live performances lined up from a host of exciting musicians.
Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go +Shirley Tetteh
A musical dialogue between two jazz visionaries from different generations, performing music from their 2021 intimate live album Let My People Go. Plus support from guitarist Shirley Tetteh.
A rare London solo show from one of the richest voices in Kurdish folk music.
Marcel Khalifé and Bachar Mar-Khalifé
The oud master returns to the Barbican in Mahmoud, Marcel and I - a show created by his son to celebrate his musical legacy.
Avishai Cohen + Nikki Yeoh
Acclaimed bassist and jazz composer Avishai Cohen performs with his trio, with support from Nikki Yeoh’s Café Oran project.
LSO/EFG London Jazz Festival: Soweto Kinch
The London Symphony Orchestra collaborates with the EFG London Jazz Festival and Soweto Kinch, one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes.
Charles Lloyd + Nérija
Spiritual jazz saxophone legend Charles Lloyd takes us on a journey that explores the realms of wonder and beauty.
Performing with his longtime trio featuring bassist Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard on drums, pianist Brad Mehldau continues to push the paradigms of jazz and classical performance.
Jazz FM Live
Jazz FM will be broadcasting live from the Barbican throughout this year's festival.
Black Top + Guests: Basquiat and Jazz
Black Top – Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas – bring together a mix of guest artists to explore the cultural dynamic which links Free-Jazz to the vividly resonant paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
An evening with Pat Metheny
The jazz guitarist brings a brand new band and a brand new set of music to the Hall.
Chucho Valdes + Gonzalo Rubalcaba
The leaders of two generations of Cuban piano perform together, ‘tossing sly musical one-liners back and forth’ (New York Times).
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (15)
We pay tribute to the legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk’s centenary and the recent passing of the actress Jeanne Moreau with a screening of this daring film that brought their artistry together.
Bilal Karaman + Evrencan Gündüz
An adventurous double-bill on the EFG London Jazz Festival FreeStage, reflecting the individual qualities in today’s Turkish jazz scene.
Zakir Hussain – Crosscurrents
Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain explores how Jazz influenced the popular music of India alongside Dave Holland and Chris Potter.
Next Generation Takes Over
An afternoon celebrating what could just be the future of Jazz, with some of the capital's finest young ensembles.
Roland Perrin: Rio Amazonas
Jazz harmonies, Brazilian grooves and Baroque counterpoint combine in the London premiere of a new choral symphony by composer and pianist Roland Perrin.
Together (PG) + Live score + Panel discussion
A special screening of the dialogue-free ‘Free Cinema’ classic presented with a newly-commissioned live jazz score for saxophone and percussion.
Listen: Jazz on Spotify
Follow our regularly updated Jazz playlist for a sample of the music you'll hear across our programme.
Barbican Sessions: Shabaka Hutchings
For our latest Barbican Session, one of the central figures of the London jazz scene, Shabaka Hutchings performs an improvised piece on bass clarinet.
Barbican Meets: Jason Moran
Composer, pianist and visual artist Jason Moran talks to us about early jazz pioneer and African American soldier, James Reese Europe.