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Thomas Quasthoff, Jazz Fest Wien 2018
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Vienna Jazz Festival

The Vienna Jazz Festival, a fixed item on the annual festival calendar, offers more than the eponymous cool sound. A range of genres including soul, funk, pop, electronic and ethnic sounds are on the program – and all at the best venues.

The kick-off performance for the summer concert series already starts on June 15 at Wiener Stadthalle with the 81-year-old legend Kris Kristofferson. His hits such as Me And Bobbie McGee and Help Me Make It Through the Night have been sold millions of times and covered by dozens of other artists. The singer, songwriter and actor has already collected three Grammys and a Golden Globe.

Leading acts at the Vienna State Opera

Starting in July, the sounds at the Vienna State Opera are the very best there are: it begins with the MTV Europe Music Award winner Caro Emerald. The Dutch jazz and pop singer (A Night Like This) presents her new album. (July 1)

The following day, the Austrian jazz star Norbert Schneider honors the State Opera with a show that features a large formation and illustrious guest celebrities.

Jazz aficionados and fans of classical music alike are familiar with him: Thomas Quasthoff – who many also know as an opera star and song interpreter. He performs his first solo album since 2010: “Nice’n’Easy,” with his favorites from the great American songbook. Quasthoff is accompanied at the State Opera by bassist Dieter Ilg, drummer Wolfgang Haffner, the brilliant pianist Frank Chastenier and the big band from the orchestra of Vereinigte Bühnen Wien. (July 3)

On July 4, the State Opera features a double concert: Melody Gardot, a singer-songwriter from the United States, is followed by the Austrian crooner Louie Austen.

Another evening with multiple artists: In this rare constellation, the bassist Dieter Ilg from Freiburg and trumpeter Till Brönner from Berlin are offering a melodious, masterly and uncompromising duo performance. The young jazz singer Jazzmeia Horn will open for them. (July 5)

The American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actor and Grammy award winner CeeLo Green performs in Austria for the first time: On July 6 at the Vienna Jazz Festival.

On July 7, the 39-year-old soul queen Corinne Bailey Rae is gracing the Vienna State Opera house.

In the Jazz Club

Porgy & Bess, a renowned Viennese jazz club, is one of the additional concert venues for the Vienna Jazz Festival: It starts off with the 23-year-old British YouTube star Rhys Lewis on July 1, followed by a solo performance from Jonah Nilsson on the next day. On July 3, the Viennese jazz label Handsemmel Records presents its bands in the program “The Mighty Roll.” And the young duo Binker and Moses is performing on 4 July – the saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd are part of London’s latest jazz generation.

There are many more performances in the program of the Vienna Jazz Festival – by jazz legends as well as rising stars. There will also be an open-air concert on June 30. Let the summer of festivals roll on!

Vienna Jazz Festival 2018

June 15-July 10, 2018
various venues

Melody Gardot, Jazz Fest Wien 2018

Melody Gardot

© Melody Gardot MGMT
Till Brönner, Dieter Ilg, Jazz Fest Wien 2018

Till Brönner, Dieter Ilg

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