Now the entire program is released

By on August 31, 2017
Benoit Peverelli

Legendary drummer Tony Allen (NG), brilliant singer Oumou Sangaré (ML), acclaimed pianist Vijay Iyer (US) and award-winning saxophonist Marius Neset (NO) are now ready for the Stockholm Jazz Festival! Last Tuesday, the entire program was released – over 170 program points in around 40 scenes. Ready since previously are stars like Dianne Reeves (US), Al Di Meola (US), Hiromi Duet: Featuring Edmar Castaneda (JP / CO).

This year’s major jazz event takes place from 6 to 15 October and covers more than 170 program items distributed on around 40 scenes around Stockholm. The tickets are now released and all artists are available on stockholmjazz.se. There is a wide variety of music that includes many different styles within the jazz but also closely related genres.

– It’s fun to shake the audience a bit. We want to emphasize the boundaries of jazzen and what can be a jazz festival, we want to give the audience an opportunity to get out of their usual inward tracks, says Eric Birath, festival director. The already strong program is now expanded with, among other things:

Tony Allen is in short a legend in jazz and one of those who laid the ground for afrobeat. He played in the Africa 70 Orchestra, led by Fela Anikulapo Kuti before moving on to form his own band. He himself said that if he had not heard of Art Blakey as a young man in Nigeria, he’d never started playing drums. Now he is celebrating his childhood hero with Tribute to Art Blakey.

Oumou Sangaré is one of the most successful voices in African music today. She released this spring Mogoya, her first album of eight years, to a united homage critic. “Africa’s strongest bright star” wrote DN. A proponent of female rights and a great artist with huge charisma.

Vijay Iyer that The New Yorker called “one of today’s most important pianists, extremely talented, brilliantly eclectic”. He is a visionary pianist who uses the full register of the instrument. Live, he is a bright and responsive band leader.

Last summer took the saxophonist Marius Neset, as the only musician living in Europe, in on Downbeat’s list “25 for the future, that will shape the future of the jazz in the years to come”. Neset also got the honor to play for Wayne Shorter at this year’s Polar Prize. His music is alternately angular and ekvilibristic, alternately lyrical and vertiginous beautiful.

– The interest is great and we are really looking forward to the festival. It will be so fun to listen to everything from local musicians to some of the biggest names of the international jazz scene, says Louise Nordgren, Chief Marketing Officer.

Among the contributors at the Stockholm Jazz Festival 2017 are also: Rigmor Gustafsson, Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano (US), Azymuth (BR), Roy Hargrove Quintet (US), Tigran Hamasyan (US / AM), Tonbruket, Damn! + Kristin Amparo + Shirin, Ida Sand, Peter Asplund Aspiration, Dianne Reeves (US), Al Di Meola (US), Hiromi Duet: Featuring Edmar Castaneda (JP / CO), Nate Smith’s Kinfolk (US), Souljazz Orchestra (CA) , Lina Nyberg Band, Bohuslän Big Band with Maria Schneider (US) and Kaah.

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