JazzFestBrno Festival Is Announcing New Dates. It Will Be Launched by Avishai Cohen in the Autumn

25 May 2020, 1:00
JazzFestBrno Festival Is Announcing New Dates. It Will Be Launched by Avishai Cohen in the Autumn

The JazzFestBrno International Festival has been moved from the spring months to the autumn; it will be opened by Avishai Cohen in September. The organisers have released twelve new dates for concerts, featuring Pat Metheny, Lizz Wright and others.

JazzFestBrno 2020 was originally scheduled to take place from March to June. Almost all of its concerts already have been given alternative autumn dates. This year's season will open at the Bobycentrum on 13 September, presenting the double-bassist and singer Avishai Cohen with the rare trio formation Gently Disturbed. The album of the same name, which Cohen recorded years ago with pianist Shai Maestro and drummer Mark Guiliana years ago, is still considered by many to be his best album. Among the highlights of the autumn festival will also be a concert by the Gustav Brom Czech Radio Big Band, which will celebrate 80 years of its existence in a joint concert with the singer Dan Bárta at the Sono Centre on 21 October. "This is the very first collaboration of Dan Bárta with this legendary big band on such a scale. We are glad that we managed to find an alternative date later this year, when the Brom Big Band celebrates a significant anniversary," says the festival's artistic director Vilém Spilka.

The British saxophonist Nubya Garcia and the American organist Delvon Lamarr will also visit Brno in the autumn. Both of them were previously scheduled to appear on the same evening in the spring, but will eventually be introduced to the festival audience on two different dates. Delvon Lamarr will perform with his trio at the Sono Centre on 13 November, while Nubya Garcia will appear at the Goose on a String Theatre (Divadlo Husa na provázku) on 28 October. "Tickets for the original double concert are valid for both evenings. Likewise, newly purchased tickets for the concert of Delvon Lamarr will entitle the holder to come to the concert of Nubya Garcia. In addition, we will prepare a standing hall for her concert, which will bring the audience an even more intense club-like experience,” says the festival's executive director Vlastimil Trllo.

Additional newly announced dates for this year include a double concert by Turkish guitarist Cenk Erdoğan and Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick, who will play at the Goose on a String Theatre on 4 October, and a double concert by the trio Szabo/Turcerová/Maceček and the formation Points Septet in Alterna on 14 October.

On the other hanf, the singer Lizz Wright will appear in Brno no sooner than 2021, on 15 March at the Janáček Theatre. Due to the change of date, she will not perform with the Brno Philharmonic, but with her own band. The highlight of the unexpectedly prolonged 19th season of the festival remains a concert by the twenty-fold Grammy winner, guitarist Pat Metheny, which will take place on 30 May next year. "The holding of the concerts on these alternative dates will of course also depend on current government measures put in place in our country and abroad. We are still negotiating alternative dates for the remaining concerts," adds Spilka. Tickets for all concerts, which already have alternative dates, are on sale in the GoOut network and on the festival website. 


All concerts start at 19:30

13 Sep 2020 Bobycentrum

Avishai Cohen Trio Gently Disturbed (IL/US)

27 Sep 2020  Sono Centrum

Erik Truffaz Quartet (FR/CH)

4 Oct 2020 CED – Goose on a String Theatre (Divadlo Husa na provázku) 

Erdoğan Turumtay Liška Dés (CZ/TR/HU)


5 Oct 2020 Kabinet Múz


Skalpel (PL)

Jaromír Honzák DJ Set (CZ)

14 Oct 2020 CED – Goose on a String Theater (Divadlo Husa na provázku), basement stage

SzabÓ/Turcerová/Maceček (SK/CZ)

Points Septet (CZ)

15 Oct 2020 Alterna 

Sketchbook Quartet (AT)

E Converso (CZ)

21 Oct 2020 Sono Centrum


24 Oct 2020 CED – Goose on a String Theater (Divadlo Husa na provázku)

Nikol Bóková Trio (CZ)

Camille Bertault (FR/LB) 

28 Oct 2020 CED – Goose on a String Theater (Divadlo Husa na provázku)

NUBYA GARCIA (UK) for current and new holders of tickets for the concert of Delvon Lamarr

13 Nov 2020 Sono Centrum


15 Mar 2021  Janáček Theatre 

Lizz Wright (US)

30 May 2021  Sono Centrum

Pat Metheny Side-Eye (US)


15 Mar 2020 Sono Centrum – NEW DATE UNDER NEGOTIATION

Joshua Redman Quartet (US)  

24 Mar 2020 Sono Centrum – NEW DATE UNDER NEGOTIATION

Chris Potter Trio feat. Bill Frisell (US)

29 Mar 2020 Cabaret des Péchés – NEW  DATE UNDER NEGOTIATION

Libor Šmoldas NYC Trio feat. Adam Nussbaum & Jay Anderson (CZ/US)

Karel Růžička Quartet feat. Clarence Penn, Piotr Wyleżoł & tomáš baroš (CZ/US/PL)

31 Mar 2020 Besední dům – NEW  DATE UNDER NEGOTIATION

Jason Moran solo (US)

16 Apr 2020 CED – Goose on a String Theater (Divadlo Husa na provázku) – NEW  DATE UNDER NEGOTIATION


TRIO MUH Magris/Uhlíř/Helešic TRIO

František Uhlíř – Story From My Life – Music For Septet 

Avishai Cohen/ Photo by Andreas Terlaak



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