Sibiu Jazz Festival Foundation

  in Romania on account of its longevity, its durability and the impressive number of jazz figures who honoured it by their presence.

   Famous jazz figures have had concerts at this Festival: Jan Garbarek - Norway; Sbigniew Namislowsky, Jan Wroblewski - Poland; Martial Solal, Didier Lockwood, Louis Sclavis, Jean- Francois Jenny-Clark, Birelli Lagrene - France; Gunther Hampel, Gunter “Baby” Sommer, Barbara Dennerlein, Silvia Droste, Joachim Kuhn, Peter Herbolzheimer, Alexander von Schlippenbach Germany; Jeanne Lee, Lynne Arriale, Charles Lloyd, Bill Evans USA; Liz Magnes, Zaviot Harald Rubin - Israel; Courtney Pine Great Britain.

   The first three editions of the National Jazz Festival took place at the initiative of the Ploiesti Jazz Club, founded by Alexandru Comanescu and Roman Paul Mancas. In the early '70s. The Sibiu Jazz Club was founded with the help of the County (UTC) Committee (founders: Nicolae Ionescu, J.K. Schmidt, Fred Nuss and many others).

As a consequence of “the ideological pollution”, the Festival is moved to Sibiu in 1974 and enjoys the high cultural level of a Transylvanian burg, of an ancient eurpoean culture. Three years before that, jazz music started to be noticed.

   The leaders of the Sibiu Jazz Club (Nicolae Ionescu deceased in 1991 and J.K. Schmidt) promoted a sustained media presence (by lesson-themes, lesson-concerts and concerts-recitals) of the values of jazz music. The Sibiu Jazz Club became one of the most powerful jazz clubs in the country and the poet Adrain Paunescu called Sibiu the jazz capital of Romania. People belonging to different social classes and different age-groups (from highschool students to pensioners) joined the club and became members. Even some of the “leading” Communist personalities (including Nicu Ceausescu) were impressed by the organisational skills of the club's leadership and as a result, they financed in a sustainable way the club's activity, therefore creating the premises of the Festival's “move” from Ploiesti to Sibiu, resulting in an increased growth in importance and value.

   Starting in 1973, in spite of official and quasi official prohibitions, J.K. Schmidt established connections with Western embassies and cultural centers, establishing at his own risk contacts which, on the one hand, would make him pay a high price, but on the other hand, would bring on the Festival's stage names and figures of international prestige in jazz music all over the world. In time, Sibiu's performances determined artistic performances of the same kind in other cities such as: Timisoara, Brasov, Cluj, Targu-Mures, Satu-Mare, Iasi, Galati, Costinesti.

   In 1977 the Jazz Festival becomes an international one, by the presence of a group of musicians from Czechoslovakia. 

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Sibiu Jazz Festival

  in Romania on account of its longevity, its durability and the impressive number of jazz figures who honoured it by their presence.    Famous jazz figures have had concerts at this Festival: Jan Garbarek - Norway; Sbigniew Namislowsky, Jan Wroblewski - Poland; Martial Solal, Didier Lockwood, Louis Sclavis, Jean... read more

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47th Sibiu Jazz Festival

by Sibiu Jazz Festival on Mon, 15/05/2017 - 10:04
4 days of concerts in the historical center of Sibiu! During 18-21 May, Sibiu is under the spell of the experiment, improvisation and playfulness. Sibiu Jazz Festival invites you in a inspiring and exquisite location, in the historical city center. The colourful mix of music influences will fill... read more

Sibiu Jazz Festival Competition 2017

by Sibiu Jazz Festival on Wed, 14/12/2016 - 16:51
Sibiu Jazz Festival Foundation, is organizing Sibiu Jazz Festival Competition 2017. The declared purpose of Sibiu Jazz Festival is to contribute constantly and continuously to the revitalization of the jazz movement in Romania, by connecting the European and international styles in jazz and by promoting young jazz musicians in... read more

Sibiu Jazz Festival - 46th edition

by Sibiu Jazz Festival on Tue, 17/05/2016 - 11:51
Sibiu Jazz Festival - 46th edition will take place between 23rd - 29th May.   The Festival is considered to be unique in Romania, in terms of its longevity, consistency and the impressive number of celebrities that honored it with their presence. It is the oldest of its kind in the country and one of the oldest jazz... read more

16th Sibiu Jazz Festival Competition

by Sibiu Jazz Festival on Mon, 11/04/2016 - 17:43
Sibiu Jazz Festival Foundation, is organizing the 16th edition of the Sibiu Jazz Festival Competition, as a part of the most important jazz festival in Romania, which this year celebrates its 46  anniversary.   The declared purpose of Sibiu Jazz Festival is to contribute constantly and continuously to the... read more

SIBIU jazz Festival Competition 2015

by Sibiu Jazz Festival on Tue, 20/10/2015 - 16:39
19th - 21st October 2015 Sibiu Jazz Festival Foundation, in partnership with the University Cultural Center of Sibiu/"Lucian Blaga" University, is organizing the 15th edition of the Sibiu Jazz Festival Competition, as a part of the most important jazz festival in Romania, which this year celebrates its 45 anniversary... read more

Sibiu Jazz Festival 2013 – 43th Edition (12-19 May)

by Sibiu Jazz Festival on Thu, 16/05/2013 - 16:50
Sibiu Jazz Festival 2013 – 43th Edition (12-19 May) Sunday 12 May: 13:00 - Parada Jazzului cu Drum Kitchen Berlin (Germania) – Piata Mica, Piata Mare, Bd. Balcescu Monday 13 May: 13:30 - Parada Jazzului cu Drum Kitchen Berlin (Germania) – Piata Mica, Piata Mare, Bd. Balcescu 19:00... read more