A cool drink in your hand, leaned back on a chair, your foot moving to the arrhythmic sounds that fill the beautiful Ghent Bijloke site. Nothing like some summer jazz to chase the winter blues away. We’re thrilled to release a whole series of new names for the Gent Jazz Festival 2018!
On Saturday 7 July, the biggest jazz lovers are in for a treat. Do you think you know what to expect when you attend a jazz concert? Think again, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon throws all typical expectations overboard before starting his dazzling set on his piano. Vijay Iyer, Harvard professor when not on stage, brings along the crème de la crème of the New York jazz scene. The founder of the prestigious ECM label named the Sextet’s latest album ‘Far From Over’ one of his five essential albums. The Main Stage finale, Pharoah Sanders, is often mentioned together with John Coltrane for his ground-breaking work in free jazz. Interestingly, he invited Nicholas Payton, who once stated jazz died in 1959, to join him on stage. A dynamic cocktail that will undoubtedly be one of the festival’s highlights!
On the Garden Stage, you can enjoy the extremely talented and socially engaged trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. He participated in Kendrick Lamar’s epic ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ in 2014 and played a concert at Flagey last year with students of the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. With Starebaby, his new project that combines jazz with the power of heavy metal and electronic music, drummer Dan Weiss ends the festival day with a bang.
When Paolo Conte asked Via con me in one of his world hits, Kandace Springs, Jef Neve, Isolde and Igor Gehenot loudly responded Sí! The entire festival day on Friday 6 July has become a delight. Liège born artist Igor Gehenot, praised Belgian jazz artist of the year in 2014, presents his third album DELTA as an opener. Jef Neve’s youngest ‘Spirit Control’ theatre tour sells out one hall after the other. His festival performance will be an excellent opportunity for those not fast enough during the year to catch him live. The most captivating of the new female voices, Kandace Springs, will prove why both Prince and Blue Note only needed to hear one song to be convinced of her talent. Isolde drops her last name Lasoen and takes us for a sensual dance to close off the night on the Garden Stage, where she plays her latest album ‘Cartes Postales’. In French! Oui, 6 July will definitely be a multilingual pleasure for the ear! A large part of the tickets for this day have already been sold, so hurry up to secure yours!
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Melanie De Biasio was already announced for Sunday 1 July. A multi-day pass that gives access to all concerts on 1 and 7 July are up for sale. Here's a short overview of all artists already announced. More artists will be join them soon!
Gent Jazz Festival 29/06-08/07/2018, Bijlokesite, Ghent
Sunday 1 July 2018
Melanie De Biasio, more names to be announced soon!
Friday 6 July 2018
Main Stage: Paolo Conte, Kandace Springs, Jef Neve ‘Spirit Control’, Igor Gehenot’s Delta
Garden Stage: Isolde XL
Saturday 7 July 2018
Main Stage: Pharoah Sanders with special guest Nicholas Payton, Vijay Iyer Sextet, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon
Garden Stage: Dan Weiss: Metal Jazz, Ambrose Akinmusire
The concerts taking place on Sunday 1, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July will be seated concerts. The chairs are arranged in different categories, based on their position relative to the stage.