Fourth Valamar jazz festival in Croatia

Eddie Palmieri and Trilok Gurtu are among the players confirmed for the fourth annual Valamar Jazz Festival in the coastal city of Poreč in Croatia in June

The Valamar Jazz Festival returns for its fourth consecutive year this June, with eight acts lined up to play over five days in Poreč, Croatia, situated on the Mediterranean coast.

Under the direction of Croatian jazz musician Tamara Obrovac, the festival will run from 25 to 29 June across the city's landmarks, including the island of St. Nikola off the coast of Poreč.

Turkish pianist Ayşe Tütüncü kicks off proceedings on 25 June, mixing jazz, classical, and traditional Turkish music. On 26 June, French double bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons will play at the festival, followed by Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu on 27 June, which will also see pianist and composer Billy Childs play with his All Star Quartet.

Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski plays with his trio on 28 June, followed by bassist Buster Williams with his "Something More" quartet. The German jazz-funk quartet Mo' Blow open proceedings on the last night and Puerto Rican pianist and bandleader Eddie Palmieri (pictured right) closes the festival with a mixture of Latin jazz and salsa from his Afro-Caribbean Jazz All Stars.

There will also be jam sessions and after-parties throughout the five days, as well as local bands playing in the city streets and bars. 

Festival sponsor Valamar Hotels & Resorts are offering festival ticket and hotel packages via their website.

Find out more about the festival and book tickets online at

Sally Evans-Darby

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