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Nantes (F)

32. The Rendez-vous de l’Erdre
27.8. – 2.9.2018

The Rendez-vous de l’Erdre festival is one of the most atypical encounters between all diffe- rent Jazz styles, and one of the most important meetings of heritage agship boats. The festival welcomes over 150,000 visitors and takes place on the banks of the Erdre river. About the mu- sical programming: JAZZ but... ALL that JAZZ: from blues to electro jazz, swing and contem- porary. Well renowned international artists but also emerging musicians, many local ones from the region! Crowded concerts on the nau- tical scene but also intimate concerts in unusu- al places! Boats that have an exceptional due to their elegant appearance, their precious mate- rials and their long history in association with the Erdre... A festive atmosphere, friendly, con- ducive to the discoveryof new music, walking and meets-up with old friends. Not to mention oysters and Muscadet on sunny wharves!
The Rendez-vous de l’Erdre festival it’s: 1 week of festival outdoor on the banks of a river, 10 towns engaged around Nantes, 15 stages, 350 artists and more than 100 concerts,200 tra- ditional yachting boats, more Than 150 000 visitors. Some of 2018’s programming :Bire- liLagrene + Multiquarium Big Band «Remem- ber JacoPastorius», Jimmy Burns Blues Band, ThorbjornRisager& the Black Tornado, Foenix Big Band invite Andreas Schaerercréation, Ping Machine, PierrickPedron quartet, MusicaNuda, François Corneloup Revolution création, Mi- chel Benita Ethics, Orchestre National de Jazz dir. Olivier Benoit...

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Gent (B)

Gent Jazz Festival
28.6. – 8.7.2018

Gent Jazz Festival is celebrating its 17th edition in 2018 and proudly looks back on its ambi- tious history. Started in cooperation with the prestigious Blue Note label in 2002, the festival has always strived to delight the jazz commu- nity, by offering it with what it’s expecting and surprising it with new sounds. In 2008, Gent Jazz Festival decided to fully focus on the live experience and to not be as inherently attached to one record label. It’s been further developing and enriching its programme ever since. Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Gil Scott-Heron, Charles Bradley, Toni Benett& Lady Gaga, B.B. King, Belgian legend Toots Thielemans and Erykah- Baduh are only a few of the many names that have graced the festival’s stage.So what to ex- pect when you enter the festival grounds? The lush abbey gardens of the 13th century Bijloke site in Ghent immerse every music lover in an enchanting setting. With a drink (served in real glass!) in your hand, you take a seat at a table next to the Garden Stage and discover promi- sing new jazz talents. You then head on over to the Main Stage where you will not only admire major artists giving it their all, but encounter some of the future international headliners. Concerts are seated or standing, depending on the music vibe of the day. Moreover, as a festi- val with a sustainable vision, Gent Jazz Festival strives to be as waste-free as possible. To con- clude with the Gent mayor’s own words: “Gent Jazz has been upholding Ghent’s reputation as a festival city for many years already. It is one of the reasons why the city received the pres- tigious “Creative City of Music” recognition from UNESCO. Gent Jazz Festival is a cocktail of everything that makes Ghent the vibrant city it is: quality, authenticity, atmosphere and openness.”

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Südtirol / South Tirol (I)

The Südtirol Jazzfestival
29.6. – 8.7.2018

The SüdtirolJazzfestival features more than 50 concerts across 18 municipalities and fo- cuses on speci c countries which, this year, even happen to include an entire group of states, thus again con guring itself as a large shop window for innovative music, repre- senting a highlight in the European festival landscape. This year’s slogan is ‘Exploring the North’, and the Festival will be showcasing solo artists and bands from Denmark, Swe- den, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and the Bal- tics between 29 June and 8 July. Moreover, ensembles from France, Germany, and Italy will be joining them, together with many groups formed to create exclusive projects. The calendar featuring all bands, line-ups, and dates can be viewed online at www. südtiroljazzfestival.com. More than 160 mu- sicians will travel to South Tyrol this sum- mer, and the lion’s share works and lives in Scandinavian countries. ‘We’re exploring a vast geographical area which stands out for diverse scenes across individual countries. This is why we invited a considerable num- ber of bands,’ reports the President and Arti- stic Director of the SüdtirolJazzfestival, Klaus Widmann. What we can say is that the Fes- tival will be an exciting event: the colourful troupes from northern Europe will strum in- dependent sounds which reel in pop, rock, noise, rap, and folk just as much as electro, free jazz or experimental tunes. Once again, the Festival will explore unchartered territo- ry. Klaus Widmann explains that, ‘we wanted to show what’s current or what’s being crea- ted in the individual Nordic countries when it comes to music.’

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Perugia (I)

13. – 22.7.2018

Umbria Jazz has become a point of reference in the world of music and music festivals. It is also widely held to be Italy’s nest music festi- val and one of the best internationally.
Since the festival rst began in 1973 a great deal has changed, but not its spirit and identity which, combined with the quality of its pro- grammes, are behind its success.
Proof of this can be had by looking at the na

mes on this year’s edition of the programme, which takes place in Perugia from July 13 to 22: QUINCY JONES, MASSIVE ATTACK, DA- VID BYRNE, THE CHAINSMOKERS, PAT ME- THENY, MELODY GARDOT, CAETANO VELO- SO, GILBERTO GIL, BRAD MEHLDAU, ROY HARGROVE, GREGORY PORTER, TERENCE BLANCHARD, TAKE 6, BILLY HART, JOSHUA REDMAN, VIJAY IYER, plus many, many more. The format of Umbria Jazz 18 will be that of recent years, with the Santa Giuliana Arena home to the main events, from rock to jazz. The more specialised concerts will take place at the Morlacchi Theatre, and there will also be midday concerts at the prestigious National Gallery of Umbria, which houses the city’s art and history. As always, there will also be a full programme of free outdoor concerts, with a largely-rene- wed lineup of artists. And of course, there will be a marching band, who have become one of the distinguishing features of the Festival. And finally, for those who wish to combine ne food and wine with great music, there will be jazz lunches, musical aperitifs and open-air restaurants at the Arena.

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Copenhagen (DK)

Copenhagen Jazz Festival
6. – 15.7.2018

Copenhagen Jazz Festival gets ready for a grand celebration of its rst 40 editions in 2018. 2018 marks Copenhagen Jazz Festival’s 40th edition – a citywide celebration with international head- liners, strong artistic curation, a smorgasbord of free concerts throughout Copenhagen and more than 1200 concerts and events in total. Every single summer since 1979 Copenhagen Jazz Festival has been taking over Copenhagen as one of Europe’s most important internati- onal music events based on eminent artistic quality and a sharp focus on new acts in both Danish and international jazz. Lasting 10 days, the festival envelops the Danish capital, offe- ring af sumptuous musical feast to the 250,000 guests who join us year after year. Here, the au- dience can enjoy live jazz on the city’s streets, in its clubs, cafés and concert halls, and at open-air night venues – all in the very heart of historical Copenhagen. Copenhagen is a be- loved destination for tourists – especially the culturally inclined and the jazz curious who can take full advantage of Copenhagen Jazz Festival and its wide selection of events taking place both downtown, on the picturesque city squares and in the living, breathing musical milieus of La Fontaine, The Meat Packing Dis- trict, Nørrebro and more.

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Saalfelden (A)

39. Internationales Jazzfestival Saalfelden
23. – 26.8.2018

40 Konzerte – 8 Spielstätten – 4 TageWer denkt, Jazz ließe sich nur in einem extro- vertierten Künstlerviertel einer amerikanischen Großstadt authentisch präsentieren, der irrt. Seit fast 40 Jahren zieht das Jazzfestival Saalfel- den mit einer einzigartigen Kombination aus experimenteller Musik und einer landschaft- lich atemberaubenden Gegend Anhänger der Jazzmusik aus der ganzen Welt in die Klein- stadt am Steinernen Meer. Das Festival hat sich einen hervorragenden Ruf für zeitgenössischen und experimentellen Jazz erarbeitet und zählt zu den bedeutendsten seiner Art in ganz Eu- ropa. Insbesondere deshalb, da hier seit Anbe- ginn der Begriff „Jazz“ immer sehr offen inter- pretiert wurde.
Programm-Highlights 2018: Ulrich Drechsler „Liminal Zone“, Marc Ribot „Songs of Resis- tence“, King Shabaka feat. Shake Stew