Featured artists across the festival at the Barbican include: Anthony Joseph, Calypso Rose, Jason Yarde, Mighty Sparrow, Brother Resistance, GAIKA, Punch Brothers, Bobby McFerrin, Archie Shepp, Amina Claudine Myers, Carleen Anderson, Cleveland Watkiss, Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares, Arturo O'Farrill Sextet, Alfredo Rodriguez, Avishai Cohen Trio with Shai Maestro & Mark Guiliana, Trish Clowes, Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya with Keyon Harrold

The annual EFG London Jazz Festival – produced by Barbican Associate Producer Serious – returns to the capital for its 26th year to celebrate the breadth of the genre, with performers ranging from established jazz legends to future stars of the scene. As one of the festival’s major venues, the Barbican presents an array of global talent across seven days, alongside a programme of film screenings and FreeStage events. Highlights of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 include:

On the 70th anniversary of the HMT Empire Windrush’s arrival in Essex, British/Trinidadian poet, novelist and musician Anthony Joseph brings together an array of musicians, led by musical director Jason Yarde, and guest artists, including Cleveland Watkiss, Calypso Rose, Mighty Sparrow, Brother Resistance and GAIKA to celebrate the triumph of the Caribbean spirit through song and spoken word (17 November)

Bobby McFerrin, ten-time Grammy Award-winner, renowned for the number one global hit Don’t Worry, Be Happy, performs with members of his group Voicestra, augmented by a 12-piece a cappella choir (18 November)

Free Jazz pioneer and civil rights activist Archie Shepp presents his new project Art Songs and Spirituals, featuring contributions from jazz pianist and vocalist Amina Claudine Myers and Mercury-nominated and Worldwide FM Lifetime Achievement Award winner Carleen Anderson (19 November)


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