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Jazzfest Budapest with world stars

Jazzfest Budapest will take place from April 27 to May 12.

The event will feature over 200 performers in more than 10 venues across the city, with around 50 concerts.

Organized by GetCloser Concerts, the festival will take place in clubs, music pubs, and public spaces including Budapest Jazz Club, Eötvös10, Fonó, Gödör, IF Café, Jedermann, Lumen, Mixat, MOMkult and Turbina.

Special attention will be given to International Jazz Day on April 30, when free outdoor concerts will pay tribute to the celebration of the genre.

On the opening day, April 27, the Dave Weckl & Tom Kennedy Project from the United States will perform at MOMkult, and the following day at Mixát, Viktor Tóth’s Right On! featuring Piotr Wojtasik will play. 

On April 30, a special international band will perform, with two Frenchmen (bassist Hadrien Féraud and pianist Daniel Gassin), Hungarian Gergő Borlai on drums and Swiss Anatole Muster on accordion. Another international group, the Quartet of Ken Vandermark, Paul Lytton, Elisabeth Harnik and István Grencsó, will be playing at Lumen on this day.

On May 4, the Austrian violinist Johannes Dickbauer’s JD Hive will perform at Mixát, and on May 5, the Anima Sound System Jazz Session at the Turbina will pay tribute to the legendary Austrian keyboardist Joe Zawinul, featuring Tim Ries, saxophonist of the Rolling Stones.

On May 7, the Péter Sárik Trio will be joined by Romanian singer Luiza Zan and Hungarian guitarist István Gyárfás at Fonó, while Kőszeg Rhythm & Brass and NEC+, a French supergroup, will both perform at Mixát.

On May 8 at Fonó, the Dresch Quartet will play with Bulgarian cavalier Theodosii Spassov, the next day at BJC the Nagy Emma Quintet with singer Veronika Harcsa and saxophonist János Ávéd, while Heavy Weather will play Weather Report songs at Mixát.

On May 10, two American world stars, pianist Joey Calderazzo and bassist John Patitucci, will play at MOMkult. The other highlight of the festival will be a performance by world-renowned saxophonist Kenny Garrett and his band Sounds from the Ancestors on May 12 at MOMkult. 

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