19 Apr to 22 Apr 2018, ÖVB-Arena
It’s jazz time in Bremen, as the city once again plays host to bands, performers and fans at a major festival which runs from 19 to 22 April 2018. 40 bands are selected by a panel of judges to showcase their act to the public.
In the two weeks leading up to this rendezvous for the international jazz scene, which forms the basis for the jazzahead! festival across Bremen, there is always a focus on the culture of one particular partner country.
This year's programme
This April, Bremen plays host to 40 jazz ensembles from 18 different countries. Opening night is traditionally dedicated to the partner country – which this year is Poland. On 19 April, eight bands will be showcasing that country’s contemporary scene in Polish Night. They include internationally renowned jazz legends like the Marcin Wasilewski Trio and the Atom String Quartet, along with representatives of the up-and-coming generation. The second day is devoted to the European Jazz Meeting, featuring 16 bands from eleven different countries. The styles on offer range from elegiac melodic jazz from Iceland (Einar Scheving Quartet) via robust improvisations from Belgium (Hermia/Darrifourcq/Ceccaldi) and Finland (Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri) all the way to driving groove jazz from Switzerland (Aly Keïta – Jan Galega Brönnimann – Lucas Niggli). On the third day, eight bands from Germany will perform at the German Jazz Expo. The multi-award-winning saxophonist Anna-Lena Schnabel and Max Andrzejewski’s band Hütte are among those representing the emergent scene, while Markus Stockhausen with Quadrivium, and Paul Heller/Jasper van’t Hof Group are already established international jazz stars. On 21 April, Overseas Night concludes the showcase festival with eight non-European bands, focusing on South and North America. Two South American ensembles, Aca Seca and the Freedoms Trio, will combine their exuberant passion for playing with some truly remarkable musical skills, while Jazzmeia Horn and Justin Kauflin are superb representatives of the US jazz tradition. The Grégory Privat Trio from Martinique will contribute some Caribbean sounds. The gala performance at ‘Die Glocke’ concert hall on 19 April features one of Poland’s best-known singers, Anna Maria Jopek, and acclaimed pianist Leszek Mozdzer, as well as the international quartet led by saxophonist Maciej Obara. On Saturday night, jazz fans are set to flock to more than 30 venues in Bremen for the club night.
Rent a bike and (jazz)ahead
Get around the jazzahead! festival with the help of BIKE IT. A combination of GPS and bike rental is the quick and easy way to reach the festival events. A special programme for bike enthusiasts organised by the Bremen branch of the German Cyclists’ Federation (ADFC) offers plenty of variety with three guided concert cycling tours. The Bike Citizens app reliably directs you through the night. This specialised cycle navigation system knows all the venues of the jazzahead! clubnight and the best ways to get there. For more information on the services available through BIKE IT!, see the website bremen.de.
For more information and the full programme have a look onto the website of jazzahead.
How to get there