EFG London Jazz Festival announces Don Cherry Tribute

The latest round of announcements for the upcoming EFG London Jazz Festival include something exciting for fans of Gift Cherry. Chicago’s veteran jazz band, the Kahil El Zabar Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, will lead a tribute to the life and work of the late legendary trumpeter.

The Ensemble, which includes Corey Wilkes and Alex Harding alongside Zabar, has enlisted some impressive participants for the event. Besides singer Dwight Trible, known for his work with Pharaoh Sanders, members of Cherry’s extremely talented family will be on board to pay their respects to the man. Her daughter Neneh Cherryhis daughter Naima Karlsson, and the trumpeter’s son, keyboardist David Ornette Cherry, among others, will prove to face the jazz giant.

David’s middle name is in honor of Ornette Coleman, the avant-jazz genius who was probably Cherry’s most famous collaborator. But in addition to his groundbreaking work with Coleman in the 50s and 60s, Cherry has played with a long list of jazz pioneers over the years, including Sun Ra, Albert Ayler and Carla Bley, and occasionally crossed over to work with rockers. like Lou Reed and Steve Hillage. And Cherry’s solo discography alone will earn him a place in jazz history, with its blend of experimentalism and international influences.

The event takes place at the same time as a tribute album to Cherry which will be released this fall on the Spiritmuse label. The festival slate also includes appearances from an international lineup of jazz greats, including Courtney Pine, Makaya McCravenAbdullah Ibrahim and Chucho Valdes, to name a few.

It’s the festival’s 30th year, so there’s a lot of special things planned for its November 11-20 run. This event joins the first wave of acts announced, including Abdullah Ibrahim, Melody GardotJan Garbarek Group, Dianne Reeves, Makaya McCraven, Fatoumata Diawara, Lady Blackbird, Melanie Charles, Ron Carter, Emma-Jean Thackray, Henry Threadgill and Anthony Braxton.

Visit the official festival website for ticket details and lineups.

Willie J. Johnson