Celebration of Jazz in Czechia
It is already the 10th anniversary of the Bohemia Jazz Fest, which is a unique event of its kind primarily on account of its merging of first class music with the breathtaking scenery of medieval squares. Each year, the historic centers of Czech cities welcome 80,000 visitors who come to enjoy the top-class jazz performances, for which there is absolutely no entrance fee!
Bohemia Jazz Fest at nine locations
Which cities will be hosting this year’s edition? The festival will kick off in Prague (from July 15-17), then move on to Domažlice in Šumava (18.7), then to South Bohemian Tábor (20.7) and to West Bohemian Pilsen (21.7). After that it will stop in North Bohemian Liberec (22.7), to be followed by two Moravian destinations - Zlín (23.7) and Brno (24.7). At the conclusion, the festival will visit Písek (25.7) and ends its journey back in Šumava in Prachatice (26.7).
The festival was founded in 2005 by the acclaimed jazz guitarist Rudy Linka with the aim of presenting and promoting world-class jazz in the Czech Republic. Last year accomplished artists from twelve different countries, who alongside jazz also ensured a captivating blend of blues, funk and world music, performed in it.
One of the main attractions of this year's edition will be John Scofield’s Überjam Band. The leader of this ensemble, John Scofield has played with legendary names like Chet Baker, Charles Mingus and Miles Davis during his many years of performing jazz. The jazz guitar maestro is very popular in the Czech Republic, as evidenced by the fact that in 2008 he became the first recipient of the Bohemia Jazz Award.
The Festival represents a crossroads between genres. Its program presents a selection of jazz, classical music, sophisticated crossover, early music and world music performed by the most prominent figures of the contemporary international music scene. The Festival takes place in Prague in a few places from October 6 to November 9.For example, you can look forward to the performance of top South African jazz wizard Hugh Masekela, accompanied by his friend Larry Willis!