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Portrait of the jazz legend Gilberto Gil.
© Gilberto Gil MGMT

Vienna Jazz Festival

The 29th Vienna Jazz Festival will kick off with the Grammy-winning US band Snarky Puppy at the Globe Wien near the Marx Halle. The troupe of musicians from Brooklyn knows how to refine hard funk with fusion and playful sounds into a hot performance. One day later, the drummer Alex Deutsch entertains with a solo performance in the Old City Hall.

World stars at the Opera

One of the top acts at the Vienna State Opera this year will undoubtedly be the performance by Bossa Nova legend Gilberto Gil. Born in Bahia, Gilberto Gil embodies Brazil like no other. He cross the boundary between art and folk music, his songs have made him the figurehead of Tropicalismo.

The Canadian Chilly Gonzales also crosses the boundaries between musical genres. The pianist, composer, singer and rapper is a great performer who also likes to appear in dressing gowns and slippers.

Emotional music is Omara Portuondo's elixir of life. Otherwise the now 88 year-old Cuban would probably not accept the hardships of intercontinental flights to inspire audiences in Vienna. "The Lady of Cuban music" masterfully understands how to communicate the possibilities of melancholy on stage.

With Bobbie McFerrin, an old friend of the festival invites you to sing together in the venerable house on the Ring: the vocal acrobat performs his "Circlesongs" under the title "Gimme5" with five other singers and the support of local vocalists.

And Jamie Cullum, master of jazz, swing, soul and pop, is also making a stop at the Vienna State Opera with his new album and new band; his stirring manner creates a youthful atmosphere within the venerable walls (the Vienna State Opera is celebrating 150 years of the Opera House on the Ring in 2019).

Jazz in a club atmosphere

There are many more performances on the program of the Vienna Jazz Festival – by jazz legends as well as up-and-coming talents. There are free concerts at City Hall Square, while the program is extensive at Jazzland and on the Summer Stage by the Danube Canal. In the intimate club atmosphere of Porgy & Bess, the American jazz musician Jamison Ross and José James, one of the most versatile jazz singers of our time, will perform this year.

The Viennese label Handsemmel Records will also accept the invitation of the Vienna Jazz Festival in 2019 and has engaged a team of internationally renowned musicians especially for this occasion: playing alongside Georg Gräwe and Franz Koglmann will be Michael Moore, Gerry Hemingway and Robert Landfermann. Let the summer of festivals roll on!

Vienna Jazz Festival 2019

June 24 - July 10, 2019
various venues
www.jazzfest.wien

The musician Chilly Gonzales in a dressing gown at the piano.
Chilly Gonzales performs at the Vienna State Opera. © Alexandre Isard
The troupe of musicians from Brooklyn posing in a garden.
The troupe of musicians Snarky Puppy from Brooklyn. © Stella K.
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