Tbilisi Jazz Festival 2018

On April 28-30 the 21st Tbilisi Jazz Festival will be held, as per tradition hosted within the Tbilisi Concert Hall. The festival program, envisages a master class of famous jazz performers for Georgian students and numerous concerts featuring world famous musicians.

According to the organizers, from 2018, the Tbilisi Jazz Festival will be held annually at the end of April instead of autumn and will be coincided with another important date for jazz lovers: International Jazz Day.

On April 28, the American jazz Trio "Bad Plus" will open the Festival at the Event Hall. Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the trio consists of bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Orrin Evans and drummer Dave King. Their music combines elements of modern avant-garde jazz with rock and pop influences.

On April 29, the American group "Naturally 7," an American music group with a distinct a cappella style they call "vocal play," will entertain the audience. According to group leader Roger Thomas, their music is "the art of becoming an instrument using the human voice to create sound." They simulate the sounds of an instrumental band using only their voices, mouths and distortion effects.

On April 30, on International Jazz Day, the 21st jazz festival will be closed by the incredible Miles Electric Band, with special guest famous saxophonist, Ravi Coltrane.

Also during the Festival, audiences will get the chance to enjoy the talent of the Sandro Bibich Trio will be accompanied by Sandro Kvachadze (bass/vocals), Gigi Tsintsadze (guitar), Daniel Adikashvili (drum); the Conservatoire Jazz Band - Liliko Korkotashvili (vocals), Mikheil Japaridze (bass), Luka Topuria (key), Gigi Tsintsadze (guitar) and Gio Kapanadze (drum).

Director of Eastern Promotion George Kereselidze told GEORGIA TODAY that apart from spring, autumn and summer festivals, there might be one in winter, too. Eastern Promotion is planning to organize a winter jazz festival outside of Tbilisi, perhaps in one of the winter resorts. Alongside this news Kereselidze told us that the celebration of International Jazz Day is very important for jazz lovers, which is why the Tbilisi Jazz Festival is being held on April 28-30.

“It is very important that Georgian artists have such a great opportunity to play alongside the greatest bands and share their music with Georgian public and visitots,” he said.

International Jazz Day is an International Day declared by UNESCO in 2011. It is celebrated annually on April 30. Jazz Day is chaired by the brainchild of jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Herbie Hancock. The celebration is recognized on the calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations. Jazz day is celebrated by many countries throughout the world with different concerts. Among them is Georgia, which will celebrate this important date from 2018 with the 21-year tradition of the Jazz Festival.

Festival nominee: TBC Bank's Personal Banking Service TBC STATUS;

Supporters of the festival: Ministry of Culture and Sport of Georgia, Tbilisi City Hall.

12 April 2018 20:30