120 concerts in a single month in nine Viennese clubs: This wealth of live music is offered by the ViennaJazzFloor festival in November. A good sound and a good atmosphere are guaranteed.
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 nine of the city's clubs: Jazzland, Martinschlössl, Miles Smiles, Reigen, Sargfabrik, Tunnel, Zwe, Blue Tomato and Davis.
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
Barbara Dennerlein, the Grande Dame of the Hammond organ, plays at Jazzland, the jazz cellar below St. Rupert's Church, until 4 November. Among the international jazz greats are the saxophonist Lew Tabackin (7 to 9 November) and Scott Hamilton (14 to 18 November).
The Martinschlössl is home not only to the Blue Note Six with their swinging Dixieland style (8 and 29 November) but also the free and impro scene. The concerts of the Miles Smiles are held under the banner "Poetry meets Jazz". Participants include Wolfram Berger and saxophonist Karl Heinz Miklin (9 November) as well as Anne Bennent and accordionist Otto Lechner (29 November).
Two of the USA’s most important blues musicians perform at the Reigen: Josh Smith (8 November) and Anson Funderburgh (22 November). The Cuban singer Luis Frank belongs to the second generation of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club. Lázara "Cachao" López, the daughter of the first generation bass player, accompanies him on the piano (23 November). On 30 November, Tony Spinner, the long-standing guitarist of the cult band "Toto", brings funk, rock and blues to the Reigen.
The diverse program of the Sargfabrik includes two female singers: Dona Rosa from Portugal (7 November) and the Austrian actress Cécile Nordegg (also an advertising icon in the guise of "Mama Putz"; 29 November). Geri Schuller's jazz opera "Hoch geschätztes Tiefparterre" takes to the stage at the Tunnel on 10 November. As always, the Zwe stands for grand sessions: Andrea Eckert presents her new program (11 November) and there is a Swinging Jazzbrunch with Ellen D. & The Sweethearts (5 November).
35 years of the Blue Tomato
The Blue Tomato celebrates 35 years: On 3 November, it's the turn of Rob Manzurek and Jeff Parker, and on 9 November the quartet Rhombal from the USA – with the multi-Grammy nominated Stephan Crump, the creative jazzer Ellery Eskelin, the trumpeter Adam O. Farrill and Richie Barshey on drums, who in turn tours/toured with Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin and Pete Seeger. Ken Vandermark plays on 14 November with Hamid Drake and Kent Kessler, plus a real legend of the scene - the 78 year-old Joe McPhee. The Scandinavian power-trio The Things (27 November) shifts between free jazz, improvised music, rock and punk.
The line-up continues in this way evening after evening for the whole of November - a festival for fans of live music.
1-30 November 2017
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