Enjoy Jazz 25th Anniversary

From October 02 to November 04, 2023, Enjoy Jazz Festival will take place in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen as well as at other locations in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region/Germany. The 25th edition of the “Festival for Jazz and More” will then be held under the motto "Trust" and will have many up-and-coming artists in the program in addition to established stars of the genre. The festival will open on Monday, October 2 at the Karlstorbahnhof in Heidelberg. In addition to a concert by the German-Iranian singer and pianist Cymin Samawatie with her sextet and a concert by the US-American drummer Kahil El'Zabar, there will be a performance, a party and film screenings. The festival will conclude with a concert by jazz legend Archie Shepp on Saturday, November 4, at the Christuskirche in Mannheim.
Artists in Residence at the anniversary edition are the US-American musicians Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother and Terri Lyne Carrington. Carrington will also receive the "Christian Broecking Award for Arts Education," endowed with 10,000 euros and awarded for the first time by Enjoy Jazz with the support of the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation. The festival is divided into theme weeks. The second Enjoy Jazz week will be curated by festival makers from four continents: For one day each, the Istanbul Jazz Festival (Turkey), the EFG London Jazz Festival (England), the Summertime TLV JazzFest (Israel), the Winter Jazzfest New York (USA), the Festival au Désert (Mali) and the Nyege Nyege (Uganda) will then take over the program of Germany's largest jazz festival. During Enjoy Jazz, special tribute will be paid to the free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the release of the recording of a live concert at Enjoy Jazz in the BASF-Feierabendhaus Ludwigshafen: On Saturday, October 21, the U.S. drummer Denardo Coleman, together with a specially assembled ensemble and the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, will bring his late father's legendary album "The Shape of Jazz to Come" to the stage of the BASF-Feierabendhaus.
For more information on the festival, visit www.enjoyjazz.de.

Photo: Moor Mother by Samantha Isasian