October 6, 2017 Arts

Belgrade Jazz Fest Swings Into Action

October is here, which means that one of the most cherished musical and cultural events of the Serbian calendar, Belgrade Jazz Fest, is ready to roll.
The Norwegian contrabass musician Mats Eilertsen is performing at the Sava Centar on October 29. Photo: Belgrade Jazz Festival/ André Løyning

David Galic

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Belgrade Jazz Fest is set to take place this month and will last for five full days, with double-bill programs every night at two of the best music venues in the city – Dom Omladine (Americana Hall) and the Sava Centar. Jazz lovers in Serbia (and also from abroad – the festival is a big tourist attraction every year) will enjoy performances from over 20 ensembles, super-groups and soloists, most of whom are well-known, celebrated names in the world of contemporary jazz music.

This year, the biggest festival names are arriving from the United States, and among them will be celebrated saxophonist and jazz composer Joshua Redman – Harvard alumni and one of the “young lions” of the American jazz scene of the 1990s.

Donny McCaslin was a longtime collaborator with the likes of David Bowie, and contributed to the late musician’s celebrated final album ‘Blackstar’. Belgrade Jazz Fest will mark his third time in Belgrade. One of the biggest names of the New York City avant-garde jazz scene, virtuoso guitarist Marc Ribot, will also make an appearance to pay homage to the avant-garde sounds of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, along with two of the band’s original members, Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Calvin Weston. Of course, there will be a string trio as well, to add some essential spice to the disco-funk performance.

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