Timisoara will be jazzing it again this year! JazzTM 2020, the eight edition of this famous local festival, will take place between July 3rd and 5th in Timisoara’s city centre.
JazzTM, the 8th edition
JazzTM is one of the best music festivals in Timisoara and the surrounding area. It is dedicated mainly to jazz and world music, bringing renowned artists together in the centre of Timisoara. JazzTM is organised by the organisation PLAI, in partnership with the local City Hall.
This year, in 2020, the festival will reach its eighth edition. As usually, the festival will take place in Victory Square and will be free of charge. While there have been few announcements made regarding the line-up, we will do our best to keep you posted.
What can you expect from the 2020 edition of JazzTM? The edition promises to be full of memorable concerts by artists who are taking jazz back to the limelight and to clubs frequented by young people. Here are the names that have been announced so far…
Herbie Hancock is a true music legend. Throughout his musical explorations, he surpasses limitations and genres, maintaining an unmistakable style. His career spans five decades and 14 Grammy Awards (34 nominations).
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis & The National Symphonic Orchestra of Romania conducted by Cristian Măcelaru
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra comprises of 15 amazing jazz singers. It has been the resident orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center since 1988. This versatile orchestra presents and conducts educational events all over the world.
Wynton Marsalis is a manager and artistic director for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Since his debut in 1982, as band leader, he has recorded over 70 albums and has earned 9 Grammy awards (and 33 nominations).
The National Symphonic Orchestra of Romania was founded by former members of the Romanian Youth Orchestra who had exceeded the age of 28. The project started in 2015, seven years after the foundation of the Romanian Youth Orchestra. The Orchestra has since performed in many cities all over the world, like Sofia, Linz, Salzburg, Paris, Lyon, Rouen, Geneva and Lille.
Cristian Măcelaru is one of the most representative conductors of his generation. He has started his career with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and was appointed assisted conductor of the same orchestra during the 2010-2011 season. He has recently won the GRAMMY Award, along with violinist Nicola Benedetti.
GoGo Penguin have been dubbed the “Radiohead of British Jazz”. Their style is a mixture of jazz, rock, and minimal influences. They combine jazz, electronic and classical music with virtuosity and creativity.
Ezra Collective was formed in London by Koleoso Women (drums), his brother TJ Koleoso (bass), Joe Armon-Jones (flaps), Dylan Jones (trumpet) and James Mollison (saxophone). The band fast became known on the London underground jazz scene, standing out with their use of jazz, afrobeat, hip-hop, grime and R&B.
Ashley Henry is an incredibly talented and extremely flexible pianist, whose musical roots are found in jazz music. In 2017 Henry was nominated for the Jazz FM Award in the category “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” and “Live Experience of the Year”.
Bokanté: Double Grammy winner and Snarky Puppy leader, Michael League, teamed up with Chris McQueen and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy members), legendary percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Sting), virtuoso guitarist Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys, Karl Denson), percussionists André Ferrari ( Väsen) and Keita Ogawa (Banda Magda, Yo-Yo Ma) to create a diverse group, whose music is full of grooves and musicality.
Alfa Mist started his musical career as a grime and hip-hop music producer. A self-taught pianist, Alfa Mist was attracted to jazz and world music. His sound combines melancholic jazz with alternative hip-hop and soul.
Nubya Garcia is an award-winning composer and saxophonist. Her debut EP, “NUBYA’s 5IVE”, released in 2017, was considered exceptional by The Vinyl Factory, and her second project, “When We Are” has received excellent reviews.
Theon Cross is a composer who has chosen the tuba as an instrument of expression. His music transcends traditional conventions of the genre, combining free jazz with dub, shock, hip-hop, grime and other Afro-Caribbean sounds.
With all these great sounds, it is clearly going to be a jazzy summer. July 3rd-5th, save the dates!