This year’s edition of the Stockholm Jazz Festival will be bigger than ever before.

By on September 1, 2018

This year’s edition of the Stockholm Jazz Festival takes place between 12 and 21 October. It will be the largest so far, with 184 program points scattered on 57 stages for ten days.

– It feels obvious fun that the festival is growing and is bigger than ever, but the focus is on presenting a balanced and good program together with Stockholm’s united jazz life. During the Stockholm Jazz Festival, anyone who is interested in jazz or hearing it for the first time should find something that appeals to them. We present famous jazz veterans and fresh newcomers alternately. The emphasis is on the jazz, but the festival also captures adjoining genres such as blues, funk and hip hop. There are genres that are always cross-fertilized by jazz, said Eric Birath, festival director of the Stockholm Jazz Festival.

Album-actual Franska Trions music is hard to describe; Is there any kind of rock, blues, jazz? On the ninth album “Blod på våra händer” they continue to explore the boundary between musical genres and human minds in the desperate way that made them Sweden’s largest cult band!

During the mini-festival of the festival called Festivitazz, which takes place at the Theater Studio Lederman, HONEYWOLF, OTHER and Lisa Ullén show up where the Swedish jazz / improv / creative scene is today and the saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist and keyboardist Mattias Risberg celebrate Carla Bley in the concert “And Now the Queen”.

Isabella Lundgren and Carl Bagge trio will play songs about the moon and about traveling. There will also be a number of tones from Harold Arlen’s pen during a moody lunch concert at the Odd Fellow house.

It is also moodful when the pianist and composer Elise Einarsdotter plays music from her latest critically acclaimed disc “Suites for Solo Piano 1-4” at Fasching.

At the Concert Hall, Blue House Jazz All Stars presents with trumpeter Peter Asplund and saxophonist Magnus Lindgren in the lead of international top musicians from different parts of the world in collaboration with music from several continents: Jazz Across Continents. Here are viewing stars like bassist John Patitucci, pianist John Beasley, oud player Dhaffer Youseff and singer China Moses!

To the Concert Hall comes also the Spanish big band Sant Andreu Jazz Band consisting of young people between the ages of 7-20. These youngsters play traditional big band jazz with a wonderful swing, led by enthusiast Joan Chamorro.

Even at Kulturhuset there will be young groups when the Royal College of Music presents tomorrow’s stars from the jazz line in a series of concerts with free entrance every weekday during the festival week. And the youngest jazz fans should not miss program items like the live concert Jazzoo with Oddjobb – or the movie “Jazzoo Party”. In addition, Emma Nordenstam invites the little festival audience on songs as swinging, beautiful and sad as life itself.

– With these strong bookings, this year’s festival schedule is complete. We have some preparations to make, but now it’s time to look forward to the festival – it’s gonna be awesome!, says Sara Asplund, Marketing Manager at the Stockholm Jazz Festival.

More info about the artists and the festival are available here>>

Helena Olofsson, Entertainment | Stockholm