Preview: Ystad Jazz Festival

Sweden's Ystad Jazz Festival, programmed by its artistic director Jan Lundgren, has announced an extensive international line-up for 2017

Running from Tuesday 1 August to Sunday 6 August, the 2017 Ystad Jazz Festival promises 41 concerts from an international array of guests including Joshua Redman, Al Di Meola, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Jacob Fischer. 

The festival opens with a fanfare from Japanese trumpeter Yosuke Sato, playing atop the tower of St Maria church. The first concert is in celebration of the life of Swedish vocalist Monica Zetterlund, who died in 2005. Zetterlund recorded with Bill Evans, Steve Kuhn and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra among others: the memorial concert will feature pianist and festival artistic director Jan Lundgren (pictured right by Markus Fagersten) and star singer Tommy Korberg. Throughout the festival, late-night jam sessions will take place at the Marina.

The final programme has yet to be released, but the festival organisers have announced that a total of 285 artists will be performing across the 41 concerts. Apart from Redman, Di Meola, SNJO and Fischer, some of the other big name musicians billed are Hiromi, Ingrid Jensen, Marius Neset and Nils Landgren. British guests include Eddi Reader and drummer Sophie Alloway. There is also a special afternoon JazzKidz concert for children, starring Sweden's own Electric Banana Band (pictured left, featuring Janne Schaffer - "Sweden's Eric Clapton" - on guitar).

For further information on the festival including travel, accommodation and ticket sales, go to the Ystad Jazz Festival website.

Bruce Lindsay

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