International stars and members of the young German Jazz scene are among the artists programmed for the first ever Jazz Festival in Esslingen, near Stuttgart. On two full weekends there will be concerts, workshops, or a Jazz & Dining special.
The Festival will run June 19th-21st and from June 26th to the 28th. The first weekend will include Anouar Brahem, the master oud player whose last ECM CD “Souvenance” is still a thrill. Also performing will be the Pablo Held Trio, one of the most inventive European Jazz combos, and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel with his New Quartet which features Aaron Parks on piano, Orlando Le Fleming on bass, and Allan Mednard on drums.
The second weekend starts off with drummer Manu Katché and his Quartet. There is also the brilliant Italian pianist Stefano Bollani and his Trio with special guests, and the Roy Hargrove Quintet supported by the Fuhr Brothers with saxophonist Wolfgang and bassist Dietmar leading this formidable German Jazz Quartet.
Part of the Festival is an extensive workshop special which will include some of this year’s performers.
The city of Esslingen has boosted the careers of artists like Wolfgang Dauner, the Mangelsdorff brothers, and Eberhard Weber, the famous bassist who celebrated his 75th birthday this year and who was instrumental in putting the city of Esslingen onto the jazz map. He will be present and available for a workshop.
For more info on the First Jazz Festival Esslingen, please visit www.jazzfestival-esslingen.de