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Jazz Music Festivals

If you are a jazz music lover, chances are that you go to a festival every year. What you probably
didn't know is that there are jazz festivals all over the world. If you like to travel, expand your jazz
tastes and go to these international jazz festivals.

Akbank Jazz Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
October 17-October 27

The Akbank Jazz Festival is one of a diverse mixture of sounds from the country as well as all
around the world. Last year's festival was dedicated to Arif Mardin. One artist that has performed
there is Kurt Elling. Kurt Elling is very popular in jazz music today. In his ten year career, all six of
his albums were nominated for Grammy awards. He has toured all around the world in places
including Israel, Japan and Australia. In 2003, he was made Vice Chair on NARAS.(National
Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) He has an album out this year.

Barbados Jazz Festival, Barbados
January 8-January 14

Some of the artists that will be performing here are Ruben Studdard, Anita Baker, Macy Gray and
Robert Glasper. This is not a free Jazz music festival. Prices to hear performances range from $30
to $100, depending on the artist. If you want to attend this jazz music festival, you cannot order
tickets internationally. You have to actually be in Barbados and provide the address where you'll
be staying in Barbados and the tickets will be delivered to that address.

Brecon Jazz Festival, United Kingdom
August 11-August 13

Brecon Jazz has been around for twenty-four years. The best jazz music is performed at the
brilliant Brecon Beacons National Park. It is located in Wales. The company, Brecon International
Festival of Jazz Ltd., a charity organization, is backing the festival has an education and outreach
program in Wales and the South-West of England, during the year.
This year, the Brecon Jazz Festival had an Artist-in Residence, Joe Lovano. Joe Lovano is one of
the world's best tenor saxophone players and has been around since the '70's. He has performed
in Woody Herman's orchestra and Mel Lewis's orchestra. The music he then went on to create
broke boundaries collaborating with artists such as John Scofield, Hank Jones and Bill Frisell. He
led the BBC Big Band at Brecon, taught a masters class to young welsh Jazz musicians. This year
Brecon also featured "Women in Jazz". A couple of the artists were: Jessica Williams from the
U.S. and Hiromi from Japan.

Copenhagan Jazz Festival, Denmark
July 6- July 15

In case you didn't know, the Danish are really into jazz. New artists as well as the old have been
performing in the city. The concerts in the day are perfomed near the canals and historic homes.
Some prefer to play small, crowded clubs. Every live performance is electrifying and memorable.
Artists that have performed here are George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars, McCoy Tyner Trio,
Scandinavian Brasillian-Big Band,Mavis Staples W. Band, The Zawinul Syndicate and Maceo
Parker. Jazz music is not something that is only appreciated in the states, but everywhere around
the world. It is important to experience jazz music in other places so that the magic of jazz will ever
be broadened, shared and continued to be translated for years to come.



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