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The Guardian festival blog: London jazz festival: this year’s must-see gigs | Music


Singer Zara McFarlane’s picks

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Basquiat and Jazz, featuring Black Top with Orphy Robinson
I am looking forward to hearing Orphy’s musical response to Basquiat’s work. I was really moved by the Barbican exhibition – Basquiat was so influenced by free jazz and improvisation. This gig is a fitting tribute: jazz musicians reinterpret Basquiat’s ideas, creating a kind of “call and response”. Expect top-class jazz improvisation from this great band and spoken-word performances from artist Anthony Joseph.
At LSO St Lukes on 10 November.

Abdullah Ibrahim
The festival is a great place to catch legendary international artists. The spotlight has been back on South African jazz recently – in many ways the scene there mirrors what has been happening here, with loads of new bands coming through. Abdullah Ibrahim, though, is one of the all-time greats. This gig will…



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