This year's JazzFestBrno will welcome Jason Moran, Erik Truffaz and Nubya Garcia

23 January 2020, 15:00
This year's JazzFestBrno will welcome Jason Moran, Erik Truffaz and Nubya Garcia

Yesterday, the 19th season of the JazzFestBrno international music festival presented its complete programme of the main part of the festival. Already published names such as Lizz Wright, Joshua Redman Quartet and Pat Metheny have now been expanded by French trumpeter Erik Truffaz, American pianist Jason Moran or British saxophonist Nubya Garcia, who will perform in Czech premiére in Brno. This year's season promises a total of 23 concerts during 16 music evenings. The festival runs from 15 March to 9 June 2020.

Among the world-renowned names of the jazz scene, several Czech and Slovak musicians will also perform at this year's festival. For example, double bass player František Uhlíř, guitarist Libor Šmoldas or saxophonists Karel Růžička and Luboš Soukup will appear, and in addition to the above, also pianist Nikol Bóková, E Converso band and Szabó/Turcerová/Maceček trio.

Let us recall the previously announced concerts of the festival – twentyfold Grammy winner Pat Metheny, singer Lizz Wright, bassist Avishai Cohen, or the most prominent personalities of today's saxophone scene Joshua Redman and Chris Potter, who invited guitarist Bill Frisell to the band. The concerts will be held at ten different venues. Most often it will be the well-known Sono Centre and the Goose on a String Theatre, and this year for the first time Jazzfest will come to the new premises of Cabaret des Péchés.

Among the newly announced names there is for example one of the perennial stars of the jazz scene – trumpeter Erik Truffaz. A Frenchman with Swiss roots is referred to as “Miles Davis of acid jazz”. His quartet combines jazz experiments, drum'n'bass and hip-hop. Another announced name is the globally renowned musician Jason Moran. This native of Houston is recognized not only as a pianist, but also as a laureate of the MacArthur Fellowship grant, which made him become one of the most prominent figures in contemporary American science and culture. Moran has made more than ten albums as a bandleader, a number of recordings as a sought-after sideman, but mainly thousands of concerts played as a leader and band player of great figures such as Charles Lloyd, Cassandra Wilson, Wayne Shorter or Steve Coleman. In Brno, he will appear in a solo piano recital.

“We like to introduce to our audience in the Czech Republic not so well-known artists, which people  so far had no opportunity to listen to. We often run a risk, but it has long been shown that this is the right way and that our fans appreciate this approach. I have no doubt that this will be confirmed at the Czech premiere of Nubya Garcia and the Brno premiere of Camille Bertault and Delvon Lamarr,” says Vilém Spilka. Delvon Lamarr, Nubya Garcia and Camille Bertault. American organist Delvon Lamarr builds his work on a mix of soul, jazz, rhythm & blues and rock & roll. British saxophonist Nubya Garcia is inspired by dance music and sound system culture – electronic music with Jamaican roots. French singer Camille Bertault builds on the scat tradition, but follows on it in her own way. She wrote lyrics in French for many jazz standards and newer songs and recorded them.

JAZZFESTBRNO 2020 Programme:

(all concerts start at 19:30)

15/03/2020 Sono Centre

Joshua Redman Quartet (US)

19/03/2020 Sono Centre

Erik Truffaz Quartet (FR/CH)

24/03/2020 Sono Centre

Chris Potter Trio feat. Bill Frisell (US)

25/03/2020 Kabinet Múz


Skalpel (PL)

Jaromír Honzák DJ Set (CZ)

29/03/2020 Cabaret des Péchés

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

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

31/03/2020 Besední dům

Jason Moran solo (US)

05/04/2020 CED – Goose on a String Theatre

Nikol Bóková Trio (CZ)

Camille Bertault (FR/LB)

08/04/2020 CED – Goose on a String Theatre, Cellar Stage

SzabÓ/Turcerová/Maceček (SK/CZ)

Points Septet (CZ)

16/04/2020 CED – Goose on a String Theatre


TRIO MUH Magris/Uhlíř/Helešic TRIO

František Uhlíř – Story From My Life – Music For Septet

19/04/2020 Alterna

Sketchbook Quartet (AT)

E Converso (CZ)

22/04/2020 Divadlo na Orlí Theatre

Cocnert by KJI JAMU (CZ/SK)

24/04/2020 Sono Centre



25/04/2020 Bobycentrum

Avishai Cohen Trio Gently Disturbed (IL/US)

30/04/2020 CED – Goose on a String Theatre

Erdoğan Turumtay Liška Dés (CZ/TR/HU)

03/05/2020 Janáček Theatre

Lizz Wright & Brno Philharmonic (US/CZ/SK)

Kenny Banks – David Dorůžka – Tomáš Baroš – Daniel Šoltis

Tuesday 09/06/2020 Sono Centre

Pat Metheny Side-Eye (US)

Erik Truffaz / Photo by Sitara Ibrahimova



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