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ELBJAZZ 2015: Jazz from all over the world

50 concerts in two days: ELBJAZZ stands for movement, curiosity and discoveries. Musical variety meets the distinctive charm of the Hamburg harbour

More than 50 concerts held 29/30 May in unusual maritime locations and lots of harbour flair characterise this year’s festival.

Explorers’ Festival

Within the past years, ELBJAZZ has not only developed into a cultural and musical highlight of Hamburg, but also into one of the most popular and largest jazz festivals throughout Europe. Thousands of visitors from around the world travel to Hamburg each year in late May to enjoy in the unique atmosphere of the Port of Hamburg a fascinating musical mix of well-known artists and exciting newcomers. Today, ELBJAZZ is considered as the festival for the curious explorer par excellence. The fun of the festival does not depend on expertise and knowledge of jazz – quite the contrary: In order to enjoy the festival in all its diversity, one should simply drift and so the Port of Hamburg musically and geographically in a whole new way experience.

Jazz from all over the World

The festival programme features world class jazz singers like Dee Dee Bridgewater, who fascinates her audience with passion and drama, and Cécile McLorin Salvant to remarkable piano players such as Monty Alexander and Michael Wollny, to great big bands like the French Orchestre National de Jazz, the Finnish UMO and the NDR Bigband, dance pop starks like LaBrassBanda, the founder of the “Kings of Convenience“, Erlend Øy, and the charismatic Italian soul jazz singer Mario Biondi. The Multiphonics series is showcasing the local and international avantgarde with artists like Joe Morris and Mette Rasmussen performing at MS Bleichen and MS Stubnitz.

Three Locations

Throughout the festival, buses and barges will be commuting between the ten stages. This year, all venues can be found at three locations, On the south bank of the Elbe river, several stages will be set up at the Blohm + Voss shipyard and at Hansahafen’s harbour museum and MS Bleichen. On the north bank, HafenCity will be the key location with venues like MS Stubnitz and St. Catherine’s church. Next to Unilever’s headquarters, the stage of HfMT (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg) will be accessible without a festival ticket – and continue to entertain with live music even after the festival on Sunday.

New ELBJAZZ Club Night

For those who want to party all night from Friday to Saturday, the ELBJAZZ club night will be hosted for the very first time, with various clubs around the Reeperbahn (Mojo, Golem, Uebel & Gefährlich, Resonanzraum, and Prinzenbar Nochtwache) entertaining night owls with a varied programme with DJs and jam sessions with ELBJAZZ artists. ELBJAZZ’s Concerts and parties are complemented by a broad cultural programme, ranging from video artato photo exhibitions, harbour tours, and exhibitions along the venues of Hamburg’s Art Mile, ie. the Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Kunstverein, and Deichtorhallen.

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