Preview: Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival

The 2016 Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival brings international stars including Marlene VerPlanck, Hugh Masekela and Oddjob to Wallander's home town

Artistic director, pianist and composer Jan Lundgren has programmed 37 concerts for the seventh Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival, which runs from 3 to 7 August. Lundgren's programme for 2016 follows on from those of previous years, bringing in acts from many styles of jazz but avoiding the temptation - to which other jazz festivals have increasingly succumbed - of booking headliners from rock, R&B or hip-hop.

This year's festival promises New Orleans style brass bands, jazz vocalists including Vivian Buczek and UK singer Zara McFarlane, violinist Adam Baldych, solo accordion from Richard Galliano and trumpeter Paolo Fresu's opening fanfare from the tower of Mariakyrkan. Michael Tucker's review of the 2015 festival gives a flavour of this unique Scandinavian event.
Musicians from the European mainland dominate the festival, but there are also appearances from America's Dave Liebman, Britain's Martin Taylor and, probably the biggest name on the bill, South Africa's Hugh Masekela. Saxophonist Joe Lovano appears with the Bohuslän Big Band; the 92-year-old singer, pianist and songwriter Bob Dorough appears in a piano/trumpet/bass trio. Marlene VerPlanck (pictured left by Gordon Sapsed) will be singing with her all-British trio of pianist John Pearce, bassist Paul Morgan and drummer Bobby Worth.

The Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival presents its concerts in a range of venues across the town from the town's picturesque neo-classical theatre to the luxurious beach-front Saltsjöbad hotel. A few events are free, ticket prices for others vary.

More details can be found on the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival website.

Tickets can be purchased on the site but at the time of writing they are only available on the Swedish-language page [search under 'Biljetter'].

Bruce Lindsay

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