The Belgrade Youth Center will hold the 33rd Belgrade Jazz Festival from 26th to 30th October, 2017 under the slogan JAZZ VISIONS.
Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, Mats Eilertsen, Peter Evans, Giovanni Guidi, Wolfert Brederode, Marc Ribot, and Jan Lundgren are just some of the jazz musicians that will perform at this year’s festival.
Founded in 1971, Belgrade Jazz Festival was one of the most interesting European jazz festivals in the 70s and 80s, and has featured some of the most important artists in the history of jazz from all over the world. The festival stopped in 1990, due to the civil war and economic situation causing its 15-year-hiatus.
When it was finally re-established in 2005, its main goals were to promote high quality jazz without making commercial compromises; address mainly the younger audience, accept that jazz has changed and that is now performed in America, Europe and the rest of the world with the same level of creativity, and make new connections between musicians, with hope that our new jazz stars will use the unique chance to learn from the masters.
The 2017 Belgrade Jazz Festival is a 5-day-event, with over 20 bands performing. In 2007, the festival was named event of the special cultural interest for the City of Belgrade, as the festival’s founder and patron. Aside from concert performances (4 acts per day, no overlapping), there are usually some “off” programmes like workshops, exhibitions, promotions, and jam sessions organized by the festival.
“Belgrade has gathered a reputation that transcends its size, based on leading-edge, hard-core, uncompromising programming”, says Thomas Conrad, one of the leading US jazz critics says about the festival.
(Still in Belgrade, 23.10.2017)
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