September 11, 2011

Akbank Jazz Fest to Feature Top Names, Young Talents



One of Turkey’s longest-running music festivals has announced its program for this year, a lineup that includes shows by world-renowned jazz artists, workshops, panel discussions, competitions, jazz brunches and “Jazz at Campus” concerts.

The 21st edition of the Akbank Jazz Festival, which runs from Oct. 13 to Nov. 3 in Istanbul, will open at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall with a show by the Arild Andersen Trio, a group that has had a successful run on European stages.

One of the most important double bassists in Scandinavian jazz since the 1970s, Norwegian bassist Andersen was named musician of the year at France’s Academie de Jazz awards in 2008 and has released countless albums. He is joined in the trio by legendary Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and Italian drummer Paolo Vinaccia.

The Maffy Falay Sextet, founded by important Turkish trumpet player Muvaffak “Maffy” Falay, will take the stage at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall on Oct. 14. Falay has shared a stage with masters such as Phil Woods and played for Quincy Jones’ orchestra in the 1960s. After moving to Sweden, he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s Reunion Orchestra.

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