AMERICAN BASS-GUITARISTS MARCUS MILLER AND VICTOR BAILEY HEADLINE THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL

World jazz flows to Bratislava

BRATISLAVA Jazz Days (BJD) is entering its 29th year and its programme will, following tradition, fill three mid-October days with jazz tunes performed by the world's top musicians at the Culture and Leisure Park (PKO) on the Danube embankment.
Among the main headliners, Bratislava will welcome two American bassists, Marcus Miller and Victor Bailey, and French percussionist Mino Cinelu, each with his own band.


BASSIST Miller will play on October 19.
photo: Jun Sato

BRATISLAVA Jazz Days (BJD) is entering its 29th year and its programme will, following tradition, fill three mid-October days with jazz tunes performed by the world's top musicians at the Culture and Leisure Park (PKO) on the Danube embankment.

Among the main headliners, Bratislava will welcome two American bassists, Marcus Miller and Victor Bailey, and French percussionist Mino Cinelu, each with his own band. The multi-instrumentalist and producer Miller has released a number of solo recordings, crossed various genres, and in the 1980s played with his personal idol, Miles Davis, with whom he worked on several albums. Funk and fusion bassist Bailey has performed with musicians such as Bill Evans, Carlos Santana, and Bill Cobham.

Then there will be the Icelandic jazz-funk legend Mezzoforte, Venezuelan percussionist Pibo Marquez with his band, Norwegian singer Karin Krog, and Austrian duo Christian and Wolfgang Muthspiels playing at BJD. French trumpeter Erik Truffaz, who combines live jazz with electronic music, and British saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch, who draws inspirations from several styles from hip-hop to reggae, are supposed to catch the attention of mainly younger generations, the organisers say.

Altogether 15 bands from 11 different countries will perform at the festival's two stages from October 17 to 19. They will play jazz integrated with various current musical trends, as well as pure classic jazz.

The small stage of PKO will be, as usual, reserved for Slovak bands, such as the Košice jazz-rock band J. F. R., last year's winner of the New Faces in Slovak Jazz competition. However, two renowned Slovak jazz performers - the established home star, singer Peter Lipa with his band, and saxophonist Miloslav Suchomel with his quartet - will appear on the main stage on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

For the first time in its history, the festival will present DJs, who will mix up music called nu jazz. The other novelty of the festival is its new sponsor - Slovenská sporiteľňa.

Concerts on Friday and Saturday start at 19:00, on Sunday at 18:00. Tickets for one day cost Sk370 in presale and Sk470 on the day of the concert. Tickets for all three days cost Sk990. To see the programme, as well as additional information about the musicians and presale tickets, visit www.bjd.sk (also in English).

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