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28. Akbank Jazz Festival

28. Akbank Jazz Festival

The 28. edition of the Akbank Caz Festivali will take place between 17-28 October this year, bringing together a large number of local and international jazz musicians. The festival, which brings together thousands of jazz lovers every year, is very attractive this year; hosting incredibly special performances by some of the best musicians of the world.

Avishai Cohen
The trumpeter Avishai Cohen is perhaps known best for the clear-cut sound of his instrument in the contemporary jazz. He is also known for the so many awards he has collected in his career. In 2016 alone, Cohen was named “Best Foreign Artist” by Jazz Magazine France, while Into the Silence was awarded “Best Album of the Year” by TSF Jazz and Academie du Jazz, and in the top 20 albums of the year by JazzTimes. For four years running, Cohen has been voted a Rising Star-Trumpet in the Downbeat Critics Poll. Along with leading his quartet, the trumpeter has led Triveni for over a decade, was a member of the prestigious SFJAZZ Collective for six years, and has been a featured soloist in a number of special ensembles – most recently in “Jazz 100” alongside Danilo Perez, Lizz Wright, Chris Potter and Wycliffe Gordon.

The trumpeter, who produces his newest album Cross My Palm one year after The Silence is ready to bring his amazing energy to the Akbank Jazz Festival this year.

Jamie Cullum
Cullum is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished musicians of the British jazz scene. His second studio album Twentysomething is, released on 20 October 2003 in Europe, and in May, 2004 in the United States, went on to sell three million copies, and achieved eleven platinum, eleven gold and two silver sales awards. With a Grammy, two Golden Globe, two GQ Man of the Year, three Brit, three Sony Radio, and numerous other nominations and awards under his belt, Jamie Cullum is a success story around the planet. He will be meeting with Akbank Caz Festival goers this fall.

Karl Hector & The Malcouns
Karl Hector & The Malcouns were founded in the early 2000’s by Thomas Myland, Zdenko Curlija and German Producer and guitarist JJ Whitefield (aka Mr Hector) and are a collective of musicians inspired by the musics of Eastern and Northern Africa alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk.

Inspired by the works of the great Ethiopian Jazz musician Mulatu Astatke, Karl Hector & The Malcouns share the same jazz-funk and afrobeat  roots as their predecessor and describe how, “We look to Middle Eastern funk and psychedelic fusions and to various ethnic records for sound and phrasing.  We’re trying to combine the global experimentalism of Krautrock with the backbeat of funk.” 

Today’s percussive and rather hypnotically satisfying track comes from their 2008 album ‘Sahara Swing’ which was released via the Los Angeles label Now-Again Records. In other words, don’t miss them at the Akban Jazz Festival this year!

Bixiga 70
Bixiga 70 is one of the most colorful visitors to the Akbank Jazz festival this year.  Central São Paulo’s neighborhood called Bixiga is a melting pot of culture. Its Italian, African and North-Eastern population make it one of the best areas to eat out and listen to music.

Coming from diverse musical backgrounds, a meeting of musicians involved in the city’s avantgarde pop, jazz, dub and Brazilian scenes, results in the 10-piece set, trying to blur boundaries in space and time. With their genre-spanning mix of afro- beat, Guinean malinké, Brazilian candomblé, samba and cumbia, Bixiga 70 are a welcome addition to any party.

The band’s self-titled first LP album was released in Brazil in late 2011 and appeared in many “Best of the Year” lists, like brazilian Rolling Stones’ and MTV’s. Considered the spearhead of growing brazilian afro scene, the band shared the stage with major names like Jungle By Night, Woima Collective, Tony Allen, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Ebo Taylor and Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.

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