JazzFestBrno Unveils its Complete Programme: Kurt Rosenwinkel, Omar Hakim and the Christian McBride Big Band

25 January 2018, 11:11
JazzFestBrno Unveils its Complete Programme: Kurt Rosenwinkel, Omar Hakim and the Christian McBride Big Band

The JazzFestBrno international music festival has revealed its programme for the 17th year, which will last from 1 February to 10 May 2018. Along with the earlier announced concerts by Wynton Marsalis, Avishai Cohen, Brad Mehldau and Donny McCaslin there will also be other famous names in jazz like the big band of Christian McBride, the guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, the drummer Omar Hakim, the pianist Kenny Barron and Vincent Peirani.

During fourteen concerts more than two hundred artists from abroad and the domestic jazz scene will be playing. Among the locals will be for example the world-renowned bass-player Miroslav Vitouš or the two generations younger multi-instrumentalist Jiří Slavík, who aside from his own project Mateřština, for which he won an Anděl award, will also be appearing in two other groups. The festival will be opened by Wynton Marsalis, holder of nine Grammy awards and a Pulitzer Prize. In Brno’s Boby Centre he will be appearing with his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The spring part of the festival will be starting with the saxophonist Donny McCaslin. At the beginning of April there will be an appearance from the Israeli bass-player and signer Avishai Cohen, who is returning to Brno for the fourth time already. “Although Avishai Cohen a stalwart in Brno, once again he will surprise us with something new. This time he is coming with an expanded group and the 1970 project drawing on jazz and ethnic roots, but critically acclaimed as “refined” or “sophisticated” pop. 1970 presents Avishai in his most extrovert role to date,” says Vilém Spilka, artistic director and dramaturge for the festival.

The festival will last from 1 February to 10 May 2018.



1/2, 7.30 p.m.

Boby Centre

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (US)


18/2, 7.30 p.m.

Besední dům

Brad Mehldau (US)


15/3, 7.30 p.m.

Sono Centrum

Pavel Wlosok Trio & Rick Margitza (CZ, SK, US)     
Donny McCaslin (US)


23/3, 7.30 p.m.

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

Vít Křišťan & Oskar Török & Jiří Slavík (CZ, SK)
Miroslav Vitouš & Emil Viklický (CZ)

24/3, 7.30 p.m.

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

Doug Hammond & Jiří Slavík (US, CZ)

Jiří Slavík & Marian Friedl & VUS Ondráš: Mateřština (CZ)


5/4, 7.30 p.m.


Avishai Cohen ´1970´ (IL)


7/4, 7.30 p.m.

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

Blue Shadows feat. James Harries (CZ, GB)

Tomáš Liška & Invisible World (CZ, RS, TR)


8/4, 7.30 p.m.

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

Radovan Tariška Quintet feat. Alex Sipiagin (SK, CZ, RU)

Lukáš Oravec Quartet feat.  Aaron Goldberg (SK, CZ, US)


15/4, 7.30 p.m.

CED – Divadlo Husa na provázku

Shalosh (IL)

Vincent Peirani Quintet (FR) 


18/4, 7.30 p.m.

Sono Centrum

Gilad Hekselman Trio (IL, US)

Kurt Rosenwinkel ´Caipi´ (US, BR)


22/4, 7.30 p.m.

Sono Centrum

Lori A. Williams & Christian Havel Quartet (US, AT)              

Omar Hakim & Rachel Z “OZ Experience” feat. Linley Marthe & Louis Winsberg (US, FR, MU)


25/4, 8.30 p.m.

Besední dům

Kenny Barron (US)


26/4, 7.30 p.m.

Divadlo na Orlí

Katedra jazzové interpretace JAMU (Janacek Academy of Musical Arts, Department of Jazz Interpretation) (CZ, SK, BG)


10/5, 7.30 p.m.

Sono Centrum

Christian McBride Big Band (US)




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