JazzFest.Wien 2017: First 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.  →

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.  →

Ben Wendel

July 05 | 09.00 pm | Porgy & Bess

Ben Wendel is a new jazz talent who is expected to have a long and fruitful career. His work has been widely praised in the USA for his ability to perform in various genres: in classic with Ken Nagano, in jazz with the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody, as well as funk and hip-hop with Prince and Snoop Dogg.  →

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.  →

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 Ladies

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.  →

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