Autumn jazz festivals in the Czech Republic
The organisers of the 31st International Jazz Festival Prague (www.jazzfestivalpraha.cz), which will be held this year from 23 to 30 November 2007, promise a fresh production, which will attract a wider public. The main attraction will be the American singer Dee Dee Bridgewater with her African project Red Earth - A Malian Journey. Visitors to the festival will be able to enjoy this unique combination of jazz and traditional African music from Mali on 24 November in the Prague Congress Centre. Another important name band performing at the jazz festival is Brooklyn Funk Essentials (USA), who mix elements of funk, acid jazz and hip hop in their work. They will be performing on 25 November in Lucerna Music Bar. A treat in terms of the festival will then be a trio made up only of accordions - Motion Trio (PL), which thanks to its spellbinding concerts is compared in the press to the Finnish band Apocalyptica.
The town of Slaný will be brought to life with jazz in the middle of November for what will be the 41st time. The international Slaný Jazz Days (www.jazzclubslany.cz) festival will be held here from 16 to 18 November 2007. Fifteen groups ranging from trios to large orchestras will be performing over the weekend in the Grand Centre, in the Town Theatre and in the Museum Chapel. The main attractions of the festival will be the www.bend.cz orchestra, which will be performing with the world-famous saxophonist Tony Lakatos, the American groove trio Fabian Zone and the international group Alliance led by the Indian guitarist Amita Chatterjee. Leading Czech artists will not be missing either, represented by Jana Koubková, Michal Prokop and the Dobrý večer quintet vocal group. Those who are able to last until after midnight will be rewarded with jam sessions and the musical programme will also be accompanied by a photographic exhibition.
The Jazz Goes to Town 2007 (www.jazzgoestotown.com) festival will be celebrating its thirteenth birthday this year in Hradec Králové. The sounds of jazz music will be heard from 15 to 20 October 2007 in the Philharmonic Hall in Hradec Králové, in the Aldis Congress Centre, in clubs and in pubs and also on Velké and Malé náměstí. Some of the most prominent stars this year include the Archie Shepp Quartet (USA), Al Kooper&Funky Faculty (USA), Avishai Cohen Trio (IL), Gebhardt Ullmann Basement Research, Gianluigi Trovesi&Gianni Coscia, Lee Konitz Band and from among the ranks of Czech groups, the Michal Pavlíček Trio with Bára Basiková, Tara Fuki, Bohemia Big Band led by Bohuslav Volf, Milan Svoboda and many others. This year’s event is being held in cooperation with the Romanian Culture Institute from Bucharest, so the festival will include a representative showcase of jazz musicians of Romanian origin. Performances will be staged in Hradec by the Ion Baciu Band, Trigon, the Florin Niculescu Band, Romanian Landscapes, Nicolas Simion Group and the fastest brass band in the world Fanfare Shavale will not fail to make an appearance along with the Romanian Radio Big Band led by Peter Herbolzheimer. The new album by Jiří Stivín will be christened at the festival and there will also be an exhibition of his photography and the pictures of Milan Langer.
Spas and jazz are successfully combined at Jazzfest Karlovy Vary (10 to 13 October 2007). The festival (www.jazzfest.cz) traditionally supports mainly modern jazz and styles close to this. The number one star this year will be one of the most famous bass guitarists in the world, Victor Wooten who will be presenting the Soul Circus programme with his band on 13 October 2007 in Hotel Thermal. This will be the first ever performance by the famous New Yorker, not only in the Czech Republic, but in the whole of Europe!
The XXIV Czechoslovak Jazz Festival (www.csjf.cz) will be taking place from 24 to 27 October 2007 in the Municipal House in Přerov and if the weather is nice, also on náměstí TGM. And having saved the best until last, we can confirm the performance by the world-famous Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, which will be playing their first and only concert in 2007 in the Czech Republic.
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