Vienna Jazz Festival
The Vienna Jazz Festival, a fixed item in the annual festival series, offers more than the eponymous cool sound. Soul, funk, pop, electronic and ethnic sounds can also be enjoyed - and all in the best venues.
Leading acts at the Vienna State Opera
The daily program at the Vienna State Opera from 1 to 7 July is the very best there is: start by experiencing the 88 year-old composer legend Burt Bacharach 'live'. Girl power fills the Vienna State Opera at the double concert by Cyndi Lauper and the Austrian Meena Cryle, and the next day at the concert by Beth Hart from the US.
Pianist Brad Mehldau, electronic musician and percussionist Mark Guiliana and funk-jazz fusion guitarist John Scofield perform on stage together, followed by the Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel. The sound of the spirited Brit Jame Cullum varies between pop and jazz. The final concert at the State Opera is given by composer Ludovico Einaudi.
A five minutes walk from the Vienna State Opera away, at the Musikverein, piano virtuoso Keith Jarrett plays his program "An Evening of Solo Piano Improvisations" on 9 July.
Open-airs and jazz clubs
An open-air concert on the grounds of Wien Energie Fernwärme will delight audiences for several hours and includes a performance by acid jazz legend Incognito. Also outdoors are three concerts in the colonnaded courtyard of Vienna City Hall, where the motto is "Funk and dance". "Shooting Jazz Star of the Year 2015" Kamasi Washington plays the saxophone at the Ottakringer Brewery.
Music will be played on the Summer Stage, a venue by the Danube Canal - admission is free. Established Viennese jazz clubs are also concert venues of the Vienna Jazz Festival: the Porgy & Bess, the Jazzland and the Miles Smiles.