JAZZFESTBRNO, international jazz festival was established in 2002. It has started as a weekend music event, but turned out to the great cultural event which brings colorful cocktail of jazz concerts, jam sessions and workshops to the city of Brno throughout the year. JAZZFESTBRNO brings to its fans, not only from the region but throughout the Czech Republic and abroad, the best of what contemporary jazz has to offer. Quality and innovative dramaturgy hand in hand with professional production of JAZZFESTBRNO, gain a reputation as one of the most important jazz festivals in the Czech Republic and Central Europe.
JAZZFESTBRNO has hosted numerous international jazz stars, including Take 6, Eddie Palmieri, Eliane Elias, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Avishai Cohen, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau, Chris Dave, Larry Goldings, Ibrahim Maalouf, ZAZ, Dianne Reeves, Fred Hersch, Gregory Porter and many others. Next year´s line up featured Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Wayne Shorter among others.
Our commitment to jazz is indeed strong as the main organizers are also working musicians/educators in the jazz field. We strive to make jazz more popular, we strive to create more opportunities for artists to perform, we strive to bring the highest level of musicianship and artistry closer to local musicians and artists.
Our keywords for communication with public and inner motivation of our team are inspiration, diversity, uniqueness, enthusiasm and discovering.
Inspiration for the festival visitors so that they can leave our concerts uplifted and with ideas to ponder. Inspiration for local artists to make better music and learn from the art and stage presence of the best. Inspiration for our team to be as professional as possible.
Diversity in the choice of performers. Diversity in the choice of venues. Diversity in the choice of concert formats.
Uniqueness in our festival format. Uniqueness in our selection of artists. Uniqueness in our special projects with international and local top-notch artists.
Enthusiasm for jazz as our favorite music genre. Enthusiasm for our fans and visitors. Enthusiasm for the organizing work and its outcomes.
Discovering new artists. Discovering new paths for music. Discovering new information for jazz aprentices. Discovering something new each and every day.
We plan new artistic projects, residencies and workshops regularly. We collaborate with the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno in the field of masterslasses, workshop series and clinics. We collaborate with various other festivals (Struny Podzimu in Prague, Jazz Goes to Town in Hradec Králové, Jazzinec in Trutnov, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Bratislava Jazz Days etc.) to create and/or co-produce special projects as well as initiate special tours.
We provide space for the most inspired creators to present their work and to intertwine with the local scene. We like to work with selected artists on a long term basis, providing opportunities for them to develop their audience. We also introduce numerous new artists to our audience, bringing many of them to the Czech Republic for the first time.
We plan to extend opportunities for selected artists. We have started collaboration with the Brno Philharmony in order to put together various crossover projects. We launched a new and succesful Jazz&World subscription cycle at the Brno Philharmony in 2013. We have been cooperating with the best local large jazz orchestra Gustav Brom Bigband, creating more opportunities to work with guest stars and present new material written by its members. We have commissioned compositions for our special projects in the Summer (Jazzalogue, Folklore Goes Jazz), when we export jazz to less developed parts of our region, and we intend to continue these activities.
We intend to continue cultivating our local culture environment offering great artistry to inspire, opportunities for both new and established artists to present and develop their craft and conditions for jazz to blossom in general.