Nattjazz (Nightjazz) is one of the major jazz festivals in Northern Europe and is arranged annually in late May / early June in Bergen, Norway. Nattjazz was founded in 1972 and is despite its age now stronger than ever.
KAIEN (Outdoor stage – Østre Skostredet 6) – Capacity: 1500 persons
Our new main stage I situated on a well-hidden parking lot for the people who work in the area. This great venue will provide a fantastic atmosphere for both audience and the artists. You will not be able to bring an umbrella into the main stage - so dress for the weather conditions!
Korskirken – Capacity: about 450 persons
Our second main stage is situated inside one of Bergen’s most beautiful church buildings. This is a venue for concert experiences that demand more attention and focus from the listeners. There is no bar or alcohol served at Korskirken: here its all about the music!
BANKEN (Banco Rotto-building – Vågsalmmeingen 16) – Capacity: 350 persons
The venue for concerts with attitude and character. Here you will experience some of the world's greatest jazz artists "up close and personal"!
TRYKKERIET – Skostredet 16 – Capacity: approx. 80 persons.
A smaller stage – perfect for acoustic concerts and up and coming bands. Intimate and special.
Additional there will be a couple more stages and other musical performances. Info and times will be posted on our website; nattjazz.no.
Nattjazz swings into action in late May every year, and in the course of 11 nights more than 80 concerts are presented. Since its 1973 début, Nattjazz has brought to Bergen many of the world's greatest artists; from Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Van Morrison, The Band, Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon and Al di Meola, to St Germain, Gipsy Kings, Macy Gray and Gotan Project. But Nattjazz is not merely a festival about great names, it's about who we don't know and who we should know. Since its inception, Nattjazz has been committed to getting unusual combinations of musicians playing together, and to exploring the potential of new collaborations. Thus, both Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz and Supersilent were premiered at Nattjazz.
Curiousity is a permanent state for both Nattjazz and it's audience. People see the festival as a chance to find some new favourite artists or experience different types of jazz while wandering the old neighbourhood Vågsbunnen.
Nattjazz is also an opportunity for local audiences to see their own artists in an international context, and the festival carefully selects the most exciting talents from the Bergen rock, jazz and electro scene.
Nattjazz is an essential meeting point for jazz curiousity seekers and professionals who endeavour to keep ajour with the current state of contemporary jazz. In the course of the last 10 years Nattjazz has achieved recognition both nationally and internationally as one of the most important festivals and showrooms for contemporary jazz in Europe. Thanks to a consistent billing and an attractive atmosphere, Nattjazz is happy to recognize the growing interest from national and international media, and is confident that this trend continues in 2012 and in the years to come.