2013 jazz and world preview: don't miss Fanfare Ciocarlia's frantic dance party and new jazz weekender Love Supreme

Or catch AnDa Union's traditional Mongolian songs and Miles Davis favourite Ahmad Jamal tickle the ivories

Fanfare Ciocarlia

A welcome UK show by the most rousing of Balkan Gypsy brass bands. Fanfare Ciocarlia are from Romania, and developed their furious style playing at weddings. If past appearances are anything to go by, this should be one frantic dance party. Scala, London N1 (scala-london.co.uk), 20 January.

Celtic Connections

Scotland's mid-winter festival gets larger and more adventurous every year, with Celtic musicians from Scotland, Ireland and elsewhere joined by major country and world music artists. This year's lineup has Karine Polwart, Scotland's finest female singer-songwriter, American country star Mary Chapin Carpenter and the great Malian n'goni player Bassekou Kouyate. Various venues in Glasgow (celticconnections.com), 17 January to 3 February.

AnDa Union

Hailing from Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, AnDa Union set out to revive traditional Mongolian songs, which mix growling throat-singing and seven-part vocal harmonies with flutes and fiddles. Spiegeltent, Dumfries, 27 January, then touring (andaunion.com).

Milton Nascimento

Nascimento, an artist with a dazzling tonal range and a lyricist's imagination to match, has worked with stars from Wayne Shorter to Paul Simon and Duran Duran, and stands alongside Jobim and Gilberto Gil as one of Brazil's greatest troubadours. He brings a powerful quintet to this Ronnie Scott's debut. Ronnie Scott's, London W1 (ronniescotts.co.uk), 25-26 January.

Ahmad Jamal

Miles Davis used to send his sidemen along to Ahmad Jamal's gigs in the 50s to learn how the pianist's trio swung with such hipness. Jamal is one of the few jazz musicians to have had chart hits, but he's also a a true original – and he plays and writes as well in his eighth decade as he ever did. Barbican, London EC2 (barbican.org.uk), 8 February.

Bristol Jazz festival

New regional festival opening for business with a classy lineup including fusion guitarist John Scofield, Cuban trumpet star Arturo Sandoval, and former Cream drummer Ginger Baker with his new band Jazz Confusion. There's also a special Duke Ellington project led by UK pianist/composer Zoe Rahman. Colston Hall, Bristol (bristoljazzandbluesfest.com), 1-3 March.

Love Supreme jazz festival

High-profile new jazz weekender with US sax star Branford Marsalis, electric-bass virtuoso Marcus Miller, British saxist/rapper Soweto Kinch, Jools Holland's orchestra and more. Glynde Place, East Sussex (lovesupremefestival.com), 5-7 July.


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