Europe meets Africa at JazzFest Berlin

This year’s JazzFest Berlin focuses on African music, with performers including Joachim Kühn, Pharoah Sanders and Jack DeJohnette

Now in its 49th year, the long-running JazzFest Berlin returns this autumn with an emphasis on African music.

Founded in 1964 and originally known as Berliner Jazztage, JazzFest Berlin 2013 will run for four days from 31 October to 3 November and will feature 19 different events.

“Gnawa Jazz Voodoo” kicks off the programme on 31 October, featuring jazz pianist Joachim Kühn (pictured) and his band Africa Connection, with guest saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. The concert will also feature horn player Christian Scott on flugelhorn, trumpet, cornet and soprano trombone.

Other highlights include the Jack DeJohnette Group featuring clarinet / sax player Don Byron (1 November), a celebration of all things Chet Baker from Riccardo Del Fra (2 and 3 November), a tribute to pianist Jutta Hipp from the Ilona Haberkamp Quartet (31 October and 1 November), and 2013 MOBO Best Jazz Act winners Sons Of Kemet.

The festival programme also includes a panel discussion on Europe and Africa, a documentary film detailing Joachim Kühn’s journeys through Morocco, a jazz interpretation of poems by E.E. Cummings from Christian Brückner, and jazz-inspired entertainment for the kids in KidsJazzKitchen.

Tickets are now on sale at the JazzFest Berlin website, where you can also find full programme information.

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo by Sergei Gavrylov

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