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Concerts in the 2nd week of 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival

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The 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival promises an unforgettable week to jazz-lovers with the special concert series at its second week.

The festival will host a unique project presenting symphonic arrangements of Esbjörn Svensson Trio's compositions on the occasion of its 20th year.

The second week of the festival will start with the "Quartette Humaine" concert by four legendary names of jazz, Bob James, David Sanborn, Steve Gadd and James Genus, on Tuesday, 9 July at 21.30 at the Haliç Congress Center. With 85 albums, as well as Grammies and awards to his credit, Bob James will be on the stage with David Sanborn, one of the most successful and inspiring saxophonist of all time. Among the best studio drummers of the world, Steve Gadd and master bassist James Genus will accompany them on the stage.

The Istanbul Jazz Festival commemorates Esbjörn Svensson with a special project, titled E.S.T Symphony featuring the symphonic arrangements of Esbjörn Svensson Trio's compositions at the 5th anniversary of his passing. The project by the Swedish composer and conductor Hans Ek will be performed by Filarmonia Istanbul orchestra and soloists, Jacky Terrasson, Michael Wollny, Marius Neset, Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström, on Wednesday, 10 July at 21.30 at the Haliç Congress Center. Sarp Maden, on guitar and Korhan Futacı on vocals are among the names to be featured in the E.S.T Symphony concert.

One of the finest bands of English jazz, Kairos 4tet, which brings together classical roots of jazz music together with its avant-garde side will be on the stage on Friday, 12 July at 21.15 at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum. Afterwards, one of the most important jazz pianists in France, multi-awarded Bojan Z will meet the audience.

At the last concert of the week extraordinarily talented R&B and blues singer China Moses' warm and charismatic voice with blues and soul classics, will meet the festival audiences on Saturday, 13 July at 21.15 at the Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Clarinet and saxophone virtuoso Anat Cohen and her quartet will be opening the night.

The Istanbul Jazz Festival continues its European Jazz Club project this year. European Jazz Club, a concert series featuring prominent names of Turkish jazz scene and European jazz masters, brings together different cultures, creative ideas and talents under the same roof. European Jazz Club concerts which has started with Uraz Kıvaner Quintet feat. Marco Tamburini concert at the first week of the festival, reflect the festival excitement at Salon İKSV, located at the crossroads of the city's hub of culture and arts. The European Jazz Club concerts start at 22.30.

The rest of the European Jazz Club concert series' programme is as follows:

• Evrim Demirel Ensemble feat. David Kweksilber - Wednesday, 10 July
• Ozan Musluoğlu Trio feat. Ivo Neame - Thursday, 11 July
• Şenay Lambaoğlu feat. Médéric Collignon - Friday, 12 July
• Lloyd Chisholm Sextet feat. Luigi Grasso and Nicolas Dary - Monday, 15 July
• Ece Göksu 'Masal' feat. Gregoire Maret - Wednesday, 17 July


The Istanbul Jazz Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored for the past 16 years by Garanti Bank, is held between 2 and 18 July. The Istanbul Jazz Festival collaborates with the cultural offices of France, Netherlands and Italy around the theme of cultural dialogue for the European Jazz Club and Strange Place for Jazz concerts.
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