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12 more for Gent Jazz

Shabaka and the Ancestors, TaxiWars, Portico Quartet, Brihang, Jaimie Branch, John Ghost, Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, Dijf Sanders, Nérija, Nordmann, Portland & Steven De bruyn also appearing at Gent Jazz.

There is still plenty of space in the schedule, and we have yet to announce several great acts, but with the already announced headliners – Van Morrison! Ibrahim Maalouf! Kate Tempest! Nils Frahm! Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis! Sting! – and the names added today, the Gent Jazz 2020 poster is steadily taking on shape.

The American folk musician Rhiannon Giddens will be coming on the same day as Van Morrison (July 12), and she is bringing along the Italian jazz pianist Francesco Turrisi, with whom she just recorded the outstanding album There Is No Other. Also new that day: the Belgian harmonica player Steven De bruyn, who just completed his first solo recording (and it is a gem).

On July 17, Kate Tempest was all alone, but that has now (significantly) changed. With Shabaka and the Ancestors, that day actually gets another headliner, and TaxiWars and Brihang deserve that title as well, right? Not to mention Nordmann and the American trumpet player Jaimie Branch. (Okay, okay, it might be a bit too soon to label those two as headliners, but give them a bit of time and an album or two, and we are sure to see it!)

On July 18, Nils Frahm will now also officially be in good company: Portico Quartet is certainly planning to prove that day that they can still keep up with the new generation of jazz musicians out of London, and with Dijf Sanders and John Ghost, two ‘acquired tastes’ from Belgium have been added to the poster.

Finally, the fiery British jazz collective Nérija has been added on July 9, while Portland is added on the same day as Sting (July 14).