Kaunas Jazz 2017 invites to a week-long Jazz Fest

From 21 to 30 April, Lithuanian cities and towns will be flooded with jazz rhythms in the framework of Kaunas Jazz 2017, the 27th festival of deep-rooted traditions and quality music, which will offer a broad range of events to the taste of jazz gourmets and fans alike. 

The Kaunas Jazz tradition to put on concerts not only in Kaunas and Vilnius will be continued. The first chords by the sensational German guitar player and singer from Düsseldorf, Torsten Goods, will start the Festival at the Panevėžys Musical Theatre. This is his first visit to Lithuania therefore Festival organisers have made certain his performances would be enjoyed by audiences in Palanga and Raudondvaris on 22 and 23 April respectively.

As for the Lithuanian jazz capital, Kaunas Jazz 2017 will take off from a traditional festivity in the Town Hall of Kaunas where Festival guests will be entertained by the star of the festival Lotos Jazz, Adam Jarzmik, from Poland.

Kaunas Jazz 2017 gives a present to Vilnius – superstar Gregory Porter concert
At the invitation of the Kaunas Jazz team, superstar Gregory Porter will give a concert in Compensa Concert Hall in Vilnius on 25 April. This will be the third time that one of the world's most famous jazzmen will perform in Lithuania. Gregory Porter, a velvety voice owner, won the second Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album earlier this year. Porter brings to Vilnius his latest programme of songs from the album “Take Me to the Alley”. This album did not only earn him the second Grammy but reached the top five in the United Kingdom, too.

Kaunas in jazz from 28 to 30 April
The largest jazz festival in Lithuania Kaunas Jazz will invite Kaunas residents and guests to a long list of free events, inspiring concerts and performances, in downtown Kaunas, in it its Old Town, in the garden of Vytautas the Great War Museum, Vienybės Square, Park Gallery, and Kaunas Synagogue on 28 and 29 April.

The Jazz Street which will be organised for the fourth time in a row will see an unprecedentedly large number of various performers, the total of 19 musicians, on five open-air stages in the centre and Old Town of Kaunas. 

Sacred music concerts can be witnessed as usual in Kaunas Synagogue and St. Jurgis Church in Žasliai on 30 April.

Night jazz in the music club Combo
The Kaunas Jazz team has not forgotten those who like late nights filled with jazz improvisations and will open the stage for music nights in the restaurant-club Combo from 28 to 30 April. Lithuanian and foreign groups of musicians and singers will captivate its guests in an exceptional and heated environment. 

HornDogz from France will give a concert in the music club Combo on 28 April. They are a group of instrumental jazz (not only!) players, who are coming to Lithuania with their new record and an exceptionally creative and engaging performance.

The night of 29 April will be occupied by Yemen Blues that is considered to be one of the best preserved secrets of Middle East jazz. The band’s vocalist Ravid Kahalani is believed to be among the most outstanding young singers in Israel, which means to say that Combo guests will be exposed to music that blends pop and folk traditions, a rare chance of a musical intrigue.

The US jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves’ concert is in Žalgirio arena on 30 April. The organisers prompt you not to miss the last musical night in Combo where you can listen to Silent Blast and Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė, who will have just returned from the festival Jazzkaar in Tallinn.

Jam sessions with jazz stars
Concerts in the restaurant-club Combo will be followed by an extraordinary jam session every night. Mood Sellers punks will begin a jam session on 28 April, while the Saturday night will be given to three young people from Vilnius, DJs Namas ir Marulis and vocalist Lencas, who are an unconventional band Baltic Balkan that has already travelled throughout Europe with it.

Those, who experienced at least one Kaunas Jazz jam session, know that even the world’s most famous jazz people such as Gregory Porter and Dianne Reeves contribute to jam sessions with their improvised performances. This may also be the case this year.

Dianne Reeves in Žalgirio arena in Kaunas
Dianne Reeves, a US jazz star, one of the most renowned jazz vocalists in the world, returns to Lithuania after a nine-year break to offer the final concert of the Festival on Sunday. The concert will be tuned to the International Jazz Day, and being the winner of five prestigious Grammy awards, Dianne Reeves will sing songs from her latest album “Beautiful Life” and her repertoire that accumulated during the four decades of her musical career.   

The organisers are convinced that Reeves, who radiated music on the Festival stages in 2006 and 2008, has become a part of Kaunas Jazz history with her most impressive and heart-warming concerts. That is why they have patiently waited for her to return to Lithuania. Her concert is undoubtedly an exceptional opportunity and a gift to those who appreciate good music.