JazzFestBrno 2019: Stanley Clarke, Theo Croker and Avishai Cohen

17 January 2019, 2:00
JazzFestBrno 2019: Stanley Clarke, Theo Croker and Avishai Cohen

The international jazz festival JazzFestBrno published its complete programme today. It promises fifteen musical evenings, where we will get to hear great names including the bassist Stanley Clarke, trumpet player Theo Croker, Avishai Cohen and Peter Evans, guitarist Julian Lage and South African singer Melanie Scholtz. This year, the festival will pay homage to the legends of the Czech Contraband stage Milan Svoboda and Luboš Andršt, whose Blues Band will be joined by the singer Peter Lipa. The list will also include big names of contemporary Czech jazz such as bassist Jaromír Honzák, trumpet player Štěpánka Balcarová and Michal Nejtek.

Earlier, the festival had announced the first five concerts, including Dianne Reeves, John McLaughlin, Branford Marsalis, Billy Cobham and British trio GoGo Penguin. As of today, the programme is complete. “Each year we try to present jazz as a living and varied genre. A genre that does not just live in the past, but keeps on processing new influences and impulses, and is an attitude to life, that connects generations and cultures. I dare to say that this year’s programme also works towards this target,” says the artistic director of the festival, Vilém Spilka.

The festival will take place at several venues, including the Sono Centre, the Theatre Goose on a String, Divadlo na Orlí theatre and the Alterna club. “For the concerts of Dianne Reeves and John McLaughlin we chose the Janáček Theatre, which has undergone recent reconstruction, gaining an improved interior as well as more listening comfort due to new audio apparatus,” says the executive manager of the festival, Vlastimil Trllo.


Concerts begin at 7.30 p.m.

14/3, Sono Centre

Kasia Pietrzko Trio (PL)

Branford Marsalis Quartet (US)


17/3, CED – Theatre Goose on a String

Štěpánka Balcarová Sextet & Małgorzata Hutek (CZ, PL)

Theo Croker “Star Nation People” (US)

18/3, CED – Theatre Goose on a String

Peter Evans solo (US)

Pavel Zlámal & Divergent Connections Orchestra (CZ, SK)


21/3, Sono Centre

Ondřej Štveráček Space Project feat. Gene Jackson (CZ, SK, US)

Billy Cobham´Croswinds Project (US)


25/3, Alterna

The Abs (CZ)
Peter Korman Quintet (SK, CZ)

31/3, CED – Theatre Goose on a String

Purple is the Color (AT, CZ)

Julian Lage Trio (US, PE)

5/4, Sono Centre

GoGo Penguin (UK)


8/4, CED – Theatre Goose on a String

Michal Nejtek Trio feat. Jiří Šimek (CZ)

Jaromír Honzák Quintet (CZ)

9/4, CED – Theatre Goose on a String

Sisa Michalidesová: Chloe (SK, PL, HU, CZ)

Melanie Scholtz and Brian Charette: Homeland (ZA, US)


14/4, Janáček Theatre

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension (UK, CM, IN)


23/4, Sono Centre

Stanley Clarke Band (US, GE, DE)

25/4, Divadlo na Orlí

Concert KJI JAMU (CZ, SK)


26/4, Sono Centre

Contraband Jazz Orchestra after 30 years (CZ)

Luboš Andršt Blues Band & Peter Lipa (CZ, SK)


28/4, CED – Theatre Goose on a String

NOCZ & choir (CZ, NO)

Avishai Cohen Quartet (IL)


30/4, Janáček Theatre

Dianne Reeves (US, BR)

Stanley Clarke/ photo Raj Naik



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