In the first week of July, for five days, Bucharest Jazz Festival transforms the city into a genuine capital of jazz. Over 50 musicians, legends of world jazz, the best musicians of Romanian jazz, exhibitions, films, recordings and book launches will also captivate and fascinate the Bucharest audience.
Presently at the fourth edition, produced by ARCUB and curated by Romania-based jazz pianist Lucian Ban, BJF, a festival included in the European Jazz Network, has certainly become the jazz event of the year in Bucharest and a major one for Romania and the East of Europe.
From saxophonist Lee Konitz, the legend of cool jazz, to Roy Hargrove, one of the greatest trumpeters of our days, from Marcin Wasilewsky, one of the most original jazz pianists in European, to Romania’s most popular jazz singer Luiza Zan, BJF brings to Enescu Square a genuine showcase of the genre.
A genuine legend of jazz history. A genius improviser associated with the birth of “cool jazz”, Lee Konitz will visit Bucharest for the first time with his own quartet. Considered a highly original figure ever since the beginning of his career in the 40s, when he was recording with Claude Thornhill and Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz instantly won acclaim as he appeared on Miles Davis’ album “Birth of the Cool” in 1949. In the 60s, he worked with Elvin Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Dave Bruebeck, and he remained similarly creative and continued being, as the prestigious publication “The New York Times” put it, an artist able to delete preconceived contexts and ideas, and exceed expectations”.
Roy Hargrove, one of the most popular contemporary trumpeters, presented in absolute premiere in Romania by Bucharest Jazz Festival, gained his position in the conscience of jazz loving audience at the beginning of the 90s, when his style and sound, supported by collaborations with names such as Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Braford Marsalis, brought him not one, but two Grammy awards. Frequently compared with the legendary Lee Morgan, Hargrove consolidated his reputation with a series of highly valuable albums and projects. His quintet due to enter the stage of BJF will bring a dose of timeless jazz to Enescu Square.
Besides the 12 concerts in the George Enescu Square, Bucharest Jazz Festival brings to the welcoming ambiance of the Gabroveni Inn the series of additional events connected to the art of jazz. During festival days, jazz loving audience may attend the photo exhibition Now’s the Time! – Romanian Jazz Photographers, colloquiums, recordings and book launches and film screenings in the series “Jazz on Film”.
Jazz in the Park in Cluj-Napoca
Jazz in the Park, the festival that brings quality music to the parks of Cluj, is preparing intensely for its 3rd edition which will take place from June 29 to July 5. The sign-up period for volunteers has closed with a record: 360 young volunteers from Cluj-Napoca, Targu-Mures, Timisoara and Bucharest want to get involved in organizing the event. While the organizers are busy selecting the volunteers, the musicians are preparing to meet the festival’s audience. Florin Niculescu, the festival’s special guest, has told the people of Cluj to expect a moment of honesty and cheerfulness. Florin Niculescu, one of the best jazz manouche (Gypsy jazz) violinists in the world, will give a concert alongside his guests at the Magyar Opera House in Cluj, on July 2.