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JazzFest.Wien 2017 Highlights

Ludovico Einaudi

June 09 | 07.30 pm | Wiener Stadthalle D

Pianist Ludovico Einaudi was born in Turin in 1955, he studied with the avant-garde Luciano Berio. Einaudi’s current album, “Elements” is an exploration of the phenomenon of melancholia.  →

Ulrich Drechsler solo

June 29 | 07.30 pm | Altes Rathaus/Bank Austria Salon

Ulrich Drechsler’s album “Café Drechsler” was awarded rave reviews from Downbeat magazine. More recently, he has recorded albums with international pianists such as Tord Gustavsen and Stefano Battaglia. At the Vienna Jazz Fest he will present a solo program titled “The Monk in All of Us” which will feature his version of Thelonious Monk classics.  →

Wien Energie-Open Air: The Brand New Heavies | Matt Bianco meets New Cool Collective | The Rats Are Back

July 01 | 04.00 pm | Wien Energie-Welt

During the peak of the Rare Groove wave, the Brand New Heavies, inspired by the classic grooves of James Brown and Roy Ayers, began to develop their own version of Funk. Joining them for the Vienna Jazz Festival 2017 will be their original singer, N’dea Davenport.
Cocktail-Jazz singer Matt Bianco became a legend in the 1980s. The band became famous for their gently swinging mix of Soul, Latin and Jazz. They’ll be coming to Vienna with the Dutch big band New Cool Collective with a variety of tunes to dance to.
The repertoire of the Austrian combo The Rats Are Backincludes classics from Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble’ as well as their own unique versions of works by Herbert Gronemeyer and Falco.  →

Helge Schneider "Solo Spezial" | The Max. Boogaloos

July 02 | 07.30 pm | Vienna State Opera

“Good day. My name is Helge Schneider and I want to make you laugh.” And that is exactly what happens when this happy-go-lucky performer combines Jazz with his unique story-telling style.
This new band project is led by Christian Roitinger (MC Boogaloo) from the Hot Pants Road Club and Markus Ecklmayer. Boogaloos celebrate just what their name says: maximum Boogaloo!  →

Jakob Zimmermann Trio

July 02 | 09.00 pm | Porgy & Bess

This 17-year old from Bludenz demonstrated his musical talent at a young age. In late 2014 Zimmermann founded his own group. He says his musical inspirations include Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Keith Emerson.  →

Thomas Quasthoff & Max Mutzke

July 03 | 07.30 pm | Vienna State Opera

This is a high unusual pair: Pop singer Max Mutzke and Opera star Thomas Quasthoff. What they have in common is a love for soul music – at the Vienna Jazz Fest they will be performing it together, accompanied by the great pianist Frank Chastenier.  →

Miles Mosley

July 03 | 09.00 pm | Porgy & Bess

Bassist Miles Mosley was born in 1980 and named after Miles Davis. He is one of the up and coming talents in today’s West Coast jazz scene. Mosley has also performed rock, R&B and hip-hop and has collaborated with, among others, Kendrick Lamar, Jonathan Davis, Kamasi Washington and Joni Mitchell.  →

Herbie Hancock

July 04 | 07.30 pm | Vienna State Opera

This master pianist is responsible for many fine developments in jazz. Over his long career he has performed hard bop, but also fusion, funk and electro creating groundbreaking hits such as “Cantalope Island” and “Rockit”.  →

Dee Dee Bridgewater | Madeleine Peyroux

July 05 | 07.30 pm | Vienna State Opera

Dee Dee Bridgewater was born in the musical city of Memphis in 1950. Following a long and successful career which has seen her perform in various styles, she has returned to her roots with her latest album titled “Memphis” in which she pays tribute to both the blues and soul music.
Madeleine Peyroux had an international hit with her 2004 album “Careless Love”. Her latest release is “Secular Hymns” and was recorded at the parish church of St. Mary in Great Britain.  →

George Benson

July 06 | 07.30 pm | Vienna State Opera

After a period of recording fusion albums, guitar maestro George Benson turned towards R&B. His most recent album is called “Inspiration” and is a tribute to Nat King Cole.  →

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul

July 07 | 07.30 pm | Vienna State Opera

Steve Van Zandt joined Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band in the seventies. The guitar riffs on “Born to Run” are his as are the arrangements for “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out“. He also recorded four albums as “Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul“ and was an actor on the hit TV series “The Sopranos”.  →

Jan Garbarek

July 08 | 08.30 pm | City Hall/Arkadenhof

Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek has long been a giant on the European jazz scene. Later he discovered the melodies of Scandinavian folklore, the result is a unique music which transcends eras and styles.  →

The Leading Ladies | Dorretta Carter

July 09 | 08.30 pm | City Hall/Arkadenhof

This female all-star band under the direction of Canadian pianist Renee Rosnes features Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Anat Cohen on clarinet and the singer Cecile McLorin Salvant. A dynamic and graceful performance can be expected.
Dorretta Carter has attracted a broad and dedicated fan base with her powerful performances of Soul, Jazz and Funk. Over the years she has performed with a wide variety of other artists such as Friedrich Gulda and Rainhard Fendrich.  →

Patti Austin "For Ella"

July 10 | 08.30 pm | City Hall/Arkadenhof

Patti Austin was born in New York in 1950. As a teenager she performed background vocals for Burt Bacharach, Sammy Davis Jr. and Roberta Flack. In 1977 she recorded her famous debut album “Havana Candy”. In Vienna, Patti Austin will pay tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald who would have marked her 100th birthday this year.  →

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JazzFest.Wien 2017 Program

Vienna State Opera
City Hall/Arkadenhof
Wiener Stadthalle D
Wien Energie-Welt
Porgy & Bess
Altes Rathaus/Bank Austria Salon
Summerstage – admission free!
Rathausplatz – admission free!



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