13 Apr to 30 Apr 2017, ÖVB-Arena
The jazzahead! festival is not merely a show, it is the most important rendezvous for the international jazz scene. It has become a firm favourite with the scene’s movers and shakers as well as fans from across Germany and Europe. Bremen will once again play host to bands, performers and fans at this major festival, which this year runs from 27 to 30 April. The showcase programme traditionally starts with a night dedicated to the jazzahead! partner country, which in 2017 is Finland. At the Finnish Night eight bands will present a kaleidoscope of the jazz scene in Europe’s far north. The stages at the European Jazz Meeting on Friday, 28 April will feature a total of 16 bands from twelve European countries, including the remarkable Ukrainian pianist Vadim Neselovskyi and A Novel of Anomaly – an ensemble of exceptional musicians from Switzerland, Finland and Italy that offer a playful mix of humour and virtuosity. On Saturday, 29 April eight German bands will present their view of jazz at the German Jazz Expo in the afternoon; in the evening the Overseas Night will feature groups from outside Germany. Among those making an appearance will be American singer Dee Alexander. Her music brings together all the elements of traditional jazz: a powerful voice, a deep feeling for the blues and a great stage presence. While Finnish art and culture are the focus from 15 April, there are two further highlights during the showcases: the gala performance at the Die Glocke concert hall with Iiro Rantala, probably Finland’s most famous jazz musician, and the German Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Bremen on Friday, 28 April and the jazzahead! club night on Saturday, 29 April. The jazzahead! festival is a major event that brings the whole city together and makes its presence known at every turn.
For more information and the full programme have a look onto the website of jazzahead.
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