Vienna Jazz Festival

12 May

Vienna Jazz Festival

Liza Minnelli, Thomas Quasthoff, Cyndi Lauper and many other music stars offer the very best in jazz and more at around 60 concerts. Vienna therefore makes a big impression on the festival landscape.
World hits, the popular and the new ring out at around a dozen of Vienna’s best performance venues, from the State Opera to jazz clubs to Rathausplatz. The genre of jazz is not narrowly defined: diversity is the motto.

Singer Marianne Faithfull kicks off the event on 15 June. On 23 June, Cesaria Evora, who is called the “barefoot diva”, can be experienced in the Konzerthaus with her soulful ballades from the Cape Verde islands.

Greats of the music business perform at the Vienna State Opera: Al Di Meola and Earl Klugh elicit the finest tones from their guitars, former New Wave girl Cyndi Lauper presents a program of Blues music and US diva Liza Minnelli continues her glittering comeback in Vienna. Unmistakable sounds can be expected from Seal, Bryan Ferry, Madleine Peyroux, trumpeter Till Brönner and Omara Portuondo & Chucho Valdes. Bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff celebrates classical Jazz singing.

The Arkadenhof of Vienna City Hall also becomes a stage, e.g. for the restless pianist Dr. John or soul legend Bettye LaVette.

Numerous other acts in jazz clubs or the open air await jazz fans and newcomers. An opportunity to sample jazz is offered by the free concerts on the Summer Stage on 1, 2 and 8 July, when it’s the women’s turn to take up the microphone at Woman in Jazz.