Hancock Heads Barbican Jazz Blitz

Spencer Grady
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Luminaries line-up at City of London arts space

Photo by Douglas Kirkland
Photo by Douglas Kirkland

Performances by Herbie Hancock (pictured), Brad Mehldau and Wynton Marsalis are among the forthcoming jazz attractions at London’s Barbican venue. The former crops up for a couple of dates, delivering a programme of much-loved melodies and surprise deep-cuts (17 November), before hooking up with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the stewardship of their renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel for a set of Latin American classical music, before being joined by his quartet for offerings from the venerated Hancock catalogue (19 November). Meanwhile, scanning far-in-the-future for next-year thrills sees the Brad Mehldau Trio continue to chart their singular course through jazz exploration, classical romanticism and pop culture (9 March, 2020), while Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra enter ‘The Jungle’, a musical portrait of New York City, in the company of the London Symphony Orchestra and its baton-wielding boss man, Sir Simon Rattle (30-31 May 2020).

Keep the diary clear, too, for other jazz-related activity at the Barbican, including Hackney Colliery Band, registering in full collaborative effect with select guests including UK jazz-funk legend James Taylor (5 October); Brooklyn-based Afro-beat ensemble Antibalas, paying tribute to the Queen of Soul with their ‘Respect to Aretha’ revue, featuring Zara McFarlane, Bettye LaVette and Alice Russell (12 September); Irreversible Entanglements’ Moor Mother, confronting colonialism and slavery via ‘The Great Bailout’ in collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra (23 October); former Mercury nominees Portico Quartet, who unleash new music from their upcoming album on Gondwana Records (2 November) and iconic avant-gardists Art Ensemble of Chicago, celebrating their 50th anniversary under the tireless tutelage of founder member Roscoe Mitchell (23 November).

For more details on these and other events visit www.barbican.org.uk

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