18 November 2022
Doors at 19:00

Curated by Martha D Lewis for Jazz Plus Sessions in association with Theatro Technis @ 26 Crowndale



A stunning double-bill of artists transcending borders of jazz and singer/songwriter.

£16, £13


Award-winning artist Julia Biel puts it all on show – catch this rare solo performance of vulnerability, strength and an emotional landscape to touch even the hardest of hearts.

Likened by critics around the world to such greats as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Chet Baker and Miles Davis for her instantly recognisable tones and singular approach to music.

For Julia - a songwriter who counts the likes of Bob Dylan, Jamie Cullum and Ben Watt as fans - the song is always king, taking the credit for a globe-trotting career that has seen her performing headline shows at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and jazz festivals.

The solo piano and voice, and classic ‘singer – songwriter’ sound, brings listeners back to the source – just Julia singing at the piano “taking no prisoners” whether over meditative and immersive piano soundscapes or more groove lead songs – a proposition that has in its very existence seemed to offer the gentlest of challenges to cultural stereotypes of music

“Biel’s third solo album confirms her knack for penning smart, intimate songs and delivering them in a voice both crystalline and dreamy… a total delight.” 

- Evening Standard

Visit Julia Biel's website here.


Emily Saunders is a socially-conscious wordsmith and supremely talented songwriter. Internationally renowned, Emily has been dubbed “UK’s queen of jazz-fusion” by Snowboy.

Emily takes the stage by storm, leading an exceptional band of stellar musicians through her spellbinding set of original songs and spoken word. She balances virtuosity and captivating presence with musicianship of the highest order, establishing her not only as a rhythmically inventive jazz vocalist, but a supremely talented songwriter.

A heady mix of Latin-infused hip swaying grooves, with driving basslines, infectious melodies, and edges of drum ‘n’ bass, pronounce Saunders as ‘one for the jazz dance clubs’ (Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio6).

Emily’s albums have sold worldwide, receiving multiple 4 star reviews including the Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Independent, including The Daily Telegraph’s “Best Of”.

“Musicality, poise and ingenuity. Saunders is the real deal”

- The Guardian

“Fascinating cocktail of influences into something utterly original"

– Jazzwise

Visit Emily Saunders's website here.


The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital's biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November, which has long been acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world.


Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the Festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK's landmark music events.


The festival was created in 1992 by live international music producers, Serious. The festival emerged from the long-standing Camden Jazz Week which was created in 1970; with the active support of the London Arts Board (now Arts Council England, London). Serious - who had for some years produced the Camden Jazz Week - engineered a transition that saw the evolution of the festival.  Taking a mix of international and British artists and a commitment to education activity, the London Jazz Festival began to spread its wings.


The aims of the festival still remain the same today; celebrating the place of jazz in a city which is at ease with its rich cultural diversity, and drawing in a multitude of venues across London who present the music, week in, week out, throughout the year.


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