Jazz and blues thrive brilliantly in the world's capital city of music and there are so many small clubs with exquisite acts. Once a year — in November, the "Month of Jazz and Blues" — the scene celebrates the ViennaJazzFloor festival, to which it invites internationally renowned jazz players to perform in ten of the city's clubs: Jazzland, Martinschlössl, Miles Smiles, Reigen, Sargfabrik, Tunnel, Zwe, Blue Tomato and Davis. The 1019 Jazzclub will be part this year for the first time.
The Austrian and international greats of the scene present themselves at the more than 120 concerts. The pallet ranges from classical jazz via swing to modern, impro and funk. All underpinned by the blues, of course.
Legends and shooting stars
The stars come out at Jazzland, the jazz cellar below St. Rupert’s Church: Bobby Shew, one of the style-forming trumpeters of modern jazz, and the US trumpeter Duke Heitger. The concerts at Reigen get the hearts of music fans beating faster: blues by Sugaray Rayford and the Cuban world star Mayito Rivera.
Martinschlössl presents performances by the “house band” Blue Note Six and several free improv jazz nights. The Wladigeroff Brothers bring jazz to the Long Night of World Music celebrated at Sargfabrik. One of the best jazz comedians from London is appearing at the Tunnel: Earl Okin.
As always, the Zwe stands for grand sessions: Ellen D. & the sweethearts are hosting a Swinging Jazz Brunch here. The New York singer and guitarist Ava Mendoza, a star of the free-jazz scene, performs at the Blue Tomato while the Vienna Big Band Project appears at Davis.
The Jazzclub 1019 in turn offers top-class jam sessions as well as ensembles like the Fat Hats. Miles Smiles is offering a “violin”-themed program — this includes a double concerto by the Koehne Quartett and Joanna Lewis & Anna Harvey-Nagl.
The line-up continues in this way evening after evening for the whole of November - a festival for fans of live music.
20th ViennaJazzFloor Festival
Nov 1-30, 2018
Program, venues, tickets:
ReigenHadikgasse 62, 1140 Wien
- Tu - Sa, 18:00 - 02:00
JazzlandFranz-Josefs-Kai 29, 1010 Wien
- Mo - Sa, 19:00
Davis Live Music ClubGroßfeldzentrum, Kürschnergasse 9, 1210 Wien
- daily, 20:00 - 00:00
Blue TomatoWurmsergasse 21, 1150 Wien
- Mo - Th, 19:00 - 01:30
- Fr - Sa, 19:00 - 03:00
Miles Smiles Jazz CaféLange Gasse 51, 1080 Wien
zweFloßgasse 4, 1020 Wien
- Tu - Su, 18:00
- july/august: tue-sat
Tunnel Vienna LiveFlorianigasse 39, 1080 Wien
- Mo - Su, 09:00 - 02:00
- Music & stage shows start Mo - Su, 21:00
1019 JazzclubAlthanstraße 12, 1090 Wien