Vienna Jazz Festival
The Vienna Jazz Festival, a fixed item in the annual festival series, 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 in the best venues.
An opening concert with the pianist Ludovico Einaudi will be held in the Wiener Stadthalle on 9 June. The Vienna Jazz Festival proper begins on 29 June with Ulrich Drexler performing solo on the basset horn at the Altes Rathaus. His performance is an homage to jazz legend Thelonious Monk, who would have turned 100 years old this year.
Leading acts at the Vienna State Opera
The sounds at the Vienna State Opera from 3 to 6 July are the very best there are: Opera star Thomas Quasthoff meets pop star Max Mutzke, who is one generation younger. Their common denominator is soul music.
The master pianist and twelve-times Grammy winner Herbie Hancock stands for many fine developments in the field of jazz. He practiced complex hard bop as well as fusion, funk and electro. Worldwide hits included "Cantaloup Island" and "Rockit".
Two charismatic jazz singers give a double concert: Dee Dee Bridgewater pays tributes to her city of birth, Memphis, at this year's Vienna Jazz Festival. She goes on the trail of soul legends such as Al Green and Ann Peebles. Madeleine Peyroux effortlessly combines classical pop and jazz.
Guitar virtuoso George Benson is just as much at home in high-speed jazz as he is in rhythm and blues. "Give Me The Night" and "Turn Your Love Around" are just two of his world hits.
Open-airs and jazz clubs
Probably the most important jazz musician in Europe performs in the colonnaded courtyard of Vienna City Hall on 8 July: Jan Garbarek. The Ladies, a female all-star band with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant can be heard the next day.
At Porgy & Bess, an established Viennese jazz club, the double-bass player Miles Mosley, who was born in 1980, performs on 3 July; the versatile jazz star Ben Wendel on 5 July. The overall program of the Vienna Jazz Festival offers even more - from jazz legends to shooting stars. Let the summer of festivals roll on!