In November each year the Berlin Jazz Festival comes to town and with that an exciting programme of events. From Thursday the 5th of November right through to Sunday the 8th, there is a range of concerts at various popular Berlin venues.
This year is the first year to see the British journalist, Richard Williams, as artistic director of the festival. Williams’ aims to look to the future of jazz, rather than the past, and to bring to light 18 different bands from all over the world. With Berlin being synonymous with jazz, it is no wonder that this festival has attracted some of the greats such as Duke Ellington and Miles Davis in the past.
This year some of the highlights include the world premiere of two large ensembles – Splitter Orchester and Diwan of the Continents; South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo; and Dylan Howe’s interpretation of David Bowie with the Subterraneans.
The central venue of the festival is the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, further concerts will take place at A-Trane and the Akademie der Künste. Tickets sell out fast, so get moving. For more info see the website.