This year the Istanbul Jazz Festival blended the spirit of jazz into the city life once again with wide array of concerts from modern jazz to rock, folk and world music presented in impressive venues that reflect the cultural and natural texture of the city between 2-18 July. 25 thousand people followed the 20th edition of the festival that brought the jazz stars and audiences together with 30 concerts in 14 different venues with the participation of over 300 local and international artists.
The Istanbul Jazz Festival hosted two prominent names of R&B and soul, Alicia Keys and John Legend in its 20th year. American singer, songwriter, and composer with 14 Grammy Awards Alicia Keys performed on Tuesday, 2 July at ParkOrman. 7 thousand people attended to the concert. One of the best singer-songwriters of R&B and soul in his generation, 9-time Grammy winner singer John Legend was in Istanbul for the first time within the scope of the festival. 4 thousand music lovers attended to this closing concert that was held on Monday, 29 July at the Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Stage. The festival line-up also included Bob James & David Sanborn, E.S.T. Symphony (feat. Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström, Jacky Terrasson, Michael Wollny & Marius Neset), Melody Gardot, Dee Dee Bridgewater & Ramsey Lewis, Antony Strong, China Moses, Anat Cohen Quartet, Stefano Bollani & Hamilton de Holanda Duo, Chano Dominguez, Matthias Eick, Ola Onabule, Gregoire Maret and many more...
The 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival also included symphonic projects. Esbjörn Svensson was commemorated with a special project, titled E.S.T Symphony at the 5th anniversary of his passing. The project by the Swedish composer and conductor Hans Ek, was performed by Filarmonia Istanbul orchestra and soloists, Jacky Terrasson, Michael Wollny, Marius Neset, Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström, on Wednesday, 10 July. Sarp Maden, on guitar and Korhan Futacı on vocals are among the names to be featured in the E.S.T Symphony concert that provided a chance to listen to the symphonic arrangements of Esbjörn Svensson Trio's compositions. The festival hosted another symphonic concert on Tuesday, 16 July. Deutsche Philharmonie Merck led by Wolfgang Heinzel performed at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall with its "Teatime at the Savoy" project together with Opera Swing Quartet and prominent Turkish pianist and composer Kerem Görsev and his trio.
Next year, The Istanbul Jazz Festival once again will meet with jazzlovers in July.