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31 MAY + 1 JUNE 2019

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FANTASTIC FESTIVAL MOOD IN FINE EARLY-SUMMER WEATHER: 30,000 VISITORS ENJOYED 9TH EDITION OF ELBJAZZ IN HAMBURG PORT.
Advanced sales for ELBJAZZ 2020 on 5 + 6 June have started with an
early-bird offer

Hamburg, 4 June 2019 – ELBJAZZ finished last Saturday night after a very successful weekend. In all, 20,000 one-day and two-day tickets were sold for the ninth edition of one of Germany’s largest jazz festivals. On each of the two festival days (31 May and 1 June), 15,000 people attended the two festival centres in HafenCity and the Blohm+Voss shipyard. 

More than 50 concerts on eight different stages were on the programme, supplemented by a diverse support programme and an after-show party.  

Before a visibly jolly Joja Wendt opened the musical programme on the main stage on Friday afternoon, Hamburg’s Senator for Culture and Media, Carsten Brosda, spoke about the positive significance of ELBJAZZ and the improvising power of jazz at the opening reception with invited guests in the foyer of the Recital Hall of the Elbphilharmonie.

Various programme highlights lay ahead: For the second time, ELBJAZZ engaged an artist in residence for the festival – this year it was the German pianist Julia Hülsmann, who performed with three different formations at three different locations: her octet, a completely female ensemble except for the singer, Michael Schiefel, thrilled the audience from the main stage, with interpretations of famous songs from the areas of soul, pop and jazz. She performed improvisations of pure beauty in the intimate surroundings of St. Catherine’s Church, together with the vibraphonist Christopher Dell. And she gave a concert in the Grand Hall of the Elbphilharmonie with a quintet, in a performance that focussed on the Beatles. 

Jazz pianist Michael Wollny appeared with his trio at Blohm+Voss and once again astounded the audience with his breathtaking improvisation skills.

I love this festival and I love Hamburg!”, announced Jamie Cullum (photo) on Friday night when he appeared on the main stage. The love is certainly mutual, and his many fans celebrated the jazz star. He recently withdrew from the spotlight, but will release a new album on 7 June 2019, from which he presented a few brand-new songs. Cullum’s sound has become more soul-heavy, which is also due to the band that accompanied him at Blohm+Voss. His ensemble includes a five-member band and two female singers. Cullum’s performance was peppered with acrobatics on the piano, groovy dance numbers and emphatically-sung ballads. 

In the Elbphilharmonie, the pianist Jason Moran, who lives in New York, immersed himself in the history of jazz, a history that is embodied by the 90 year-old saxophonist Benny Golson, who played at the end. For seven decades the hard-bop veteran played with the most important musicians in North America, and his “Blues March” is one of the most famous songs in modern jazz. 

The stylistic spectrum of the programme was once again impressively broad this year, ranging from the neo-fusion sound of the London trio Kamaal Williams to the soul of J.P. Bimeni, the retro blues-rock of The Savage Rose from Denmark, the minimal electronic folk of Sophie Hunger, and the thrilling funk of the US ensemble Tower of Power.  

ELBJAZZ festival director Alexander Schulz’ conclusion is absolutely positive: “We are very satisfied with how the festival went overall. All of the artists who performed, whether they appeared at Blohm+Voss, in the Elbphilharmonie, in St. Catherine’s Church or on the MS Stubnitz, were thrilled by the unique festival atmosphere, the unusual venues and the audience. Everything went according to plan! The weather was great, and treated us to balmy, early-summer temperatures. We are really happy about these two successful days, but especially about the fact that we were again able to delight tens of thousands of visitors with jazz. The response of the audiences was and is enormous – in terms of numbers, we matched the record levels of 2018. Demand for tickets was very high – and we have already started advanced sales for 2020.” 

The dates for next year’s ELBJAZZ have been set: It will take place on 5 and 6 June 2020. Whoever is quick off the mark can enjoy cheaper early-bird tickets for 89 € (incl. all fees) for the whole festival weekend – available immediately at www.elbjazz.de. The early-bird offer (for two-day tickets only) is valid until midnight on Sunday, 9 June 2019. Thereafter, the following regular advanced booking prices apply: the two-day ticket (5 + 6 June 2020) costs 109 €, a one-day ticket for Friday (5 June 2020) costs 59 €, and a one-day ticket for Saturday (6 June 2020) costs 74 €.     

The first 11,000 persons have the chance to make a reservation for their preferred concert in the Elbphilharmonie (Grand Hall) during ELBJAZZ 2020 (subject to availability). There will be six concerts. Reservations start from 13 November 2019. All details concerning reservations can be found here

A selection of press photos of ELBJAZZ 2019 is available online here

All information at www.elbjazz.de.  

This was the musical programme 2019:

Jamie Cullum, Sophie Hunger, Tower of Power, Michael Wollny Trio, Manu Katché, Julia Hülsmann – Artist in Residence, NDR Bigband & Randy Brecker, Benny Golson Quartet, Kamaal Williams, Joja Wendt, Jason Moran, Melanie De Biasio, Altin Gün, Alfa Mist, Kokoroko, Andreas Schaerer & A Novel of Anomaly, The Savage Rose, J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts, ÄtnaMildlife, Benny Sings, FOR YOU – In Memory of Wolfgang Schlüter, Jungle By Night, TOYTOY – Bambule [rejazzed], Fieh, Shalosh, ADHD, Butcher Brown, Rocket Men, Kaiit, Teresa Bergman, Kit Downes, Hans Lüdemann - Piano Solo, Frederik Köster / die Verwandlung, Glass Museum, Daniel García Trio, Carsten Lindholm Trio, Phil Siemers, Wolfert Brederode Trio, KID BE KID feat. Julia Kadel, Marco Mezquida – Ravel’s dreams, Susan Weinert Rainbow Trio, Bentō, Saez-Eggers Trio feat. Gabriel Coburger, Fabia Mantwill Quartet feat. Ben Wendel, Nordsnø Ensemble, European Jazz Laboratory, Michel Schroeder Ensemble, Koloro, SPIIC Ensemble, HfMT Bigband feat. Manuel Grunden, HfMT Bigband feat. Adrian Cox




ELBJAZZ PRESS CONTACT

Mara Horstmann
E-Mail: mara.horstmann@elbjazz.de
Tel.: +49 (0)40 - 853 88 713

Bernd Zerbin
E-Mail: bernd.zerbin@elbjazz.de
Tel.: +49 (0)40 - 853 88 711


ELBJAZZ THANKS THE PARTNERS AND SPONSORS:

Blohm+Voss Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Hamburg
Hamburger Volksbank Hamburgische Kulturstiftung Jever

LINK TO WEBSITE WWW.ELBJAZZ.DE


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Register court: Local Hamburg Court, commercial register no.: HRB 6334
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CREDIT: Photo Jamie Cullum: © Christoph Eisenmenger
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