JAZZ SEASON IN ISTANBUL: 25th ISTANBUL JAZZ FESTIVAL BEGINS Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) the Istanbul Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. The festival will host leading names and new discoveries from the world of jazz, as well as the stars of contemporary music, between 26 June and 17 July 2018, featuring more than 250 names in 27 different venues around Istanbul.

The first surprise of the 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival is the Australian singer, lyricist, composer, scriptwriter, poet and actor Nick Cave, who has inspired countless artists throughout his career of forty-five years and his band The Bad Seeds. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, whom Istanbul audience have been eagerly waiting to see live again for years, will meet fans on Tuesday, 10 July at Küçükçiftlik Park. 

Other surprises of the festival this year include one of the undisputedly magnificent voices in rock history, Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters; the voice behind marvelous ballads of love, melancholy, and rebellion, Benjamin Clementine; Melody Gardot with her category-defying music and expressive vocals; the phenomenal Caro Emerald, who brings the golden age of jazz and swing closer to popular genres with her high energy and voice; a quartet composed of saxophone, drums, keyboards, and bass guitar from Toronto taking bold steps in modern jazz, BADBADNOTGOOD; Avishai Cohen with his tunes blending modern jazz with Middle Eastern, Eastern European and Afro-American influences; and Omar Sosa, a composer who brings together the elements of jazz, world music and Latin tunes. 

The 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to two veteran names of jazz, Nezih Yeşilnil and Şevket Uğurluer, as well as the harmonica artist Ahmet Faik Şener at the festival’s opening ceremony.

Among the 27 venues that will host the festival this year are Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre, which has an unforgettable place in the 25-year history of the festival and returns as a festival venue after a short break; and the garden of one of the oldest buildings in Beyoğlu, Palazzo di Venezio, which will serve as a festival venue for the first time. 

For more info about the festival: http://caz.iksv.org/en