MaiJazz, Stavanger International Jazz festival 2018 – Celebrating 30 Festivals



MaiJazz is Stavanger's oldest festival and is one of Norway's leading jazz festivals. MaiJazz was established in 1989 and hence organizes its 30th festival in 2018. The festival has established itself as an important festival and cultural event in the region.The festival expects to present approx. 40 events spread over 6 days .
MaiJazz aims to present both new and existing national and international quality jazz.
In addition to present international headliners , the festival has contributed to a exciting development of the local jazzscene in Stavanger.  Jazz education at the University of Stavanger is gaining increasing popularity. More musicians choose to settle in the Stavanger region, and major jazz ensembles has been established. The festival is also focusing on offering concerts and  musical educational  for children and young people. 
Some of the artists we are presenting in 2018: 
- Gregory Porter & Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, lead by Vince Mendoza 
- Chick Corea & Trondheim Jazzensemble 
- Ralph Towner & Bjergsted Jazzensemble 
All of these concerts / projects have a strong foundation in local and national music life together with some of the best of international artists. Ralph Towner was also one of the artists who played at the first Maijazz festival in 1989. What could be better at an anniversary festival than challenging this ensemble to meet one of the truly great in the jazz world?
The Anniversary Orchestra -  Arild Andersen with Frode Alnæs, Audun Kleive & Tommy Smith; This great quartet was also on stage at the first Maijazz festival.  Maijazz  is trilled to be able reunite this quartet 30 years later for a "reunion".
Top national performers with international recognition, Nordic-world / world-class music, innovative international artists, cross over jazz and opera:
- Gjermund Larsen trio together with Nordic trio, 
- Nils Petter Molvær Group 
- Mathias Eick Group 
- Håkon Kornstad «Tenor Battle» – cross over jazz and opera
- Bugge Wesseltoft with  Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström 
- Frode Gjerstad with among others - Paal Nilssen- Love
Futher on we present international headliners : 
- Cecilié McLoren Salvant, Donny McClasin , Moon Hooch, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, Dominic Miller
Also presnting  aspiring  Euorpean jazz musicians: 
- Pixel (Norway), David Helbock  trio (Austria), Kinga Glyk trio (Poland) , Armel Dupas trio (France)
Welcome to MaiJazz, Stavanger International Jazz Festival 4th – 9th of May 2018!

"NOTE", the Festival magazine (Norwegian):