Bratislava Jazz Days
The international jazz festival BJD is one of the greatest events of this kind in central Europe. It regularly welcomes the best-known jazz stars.
BJD have been held every year since 1975 in the cultural centre PKO in the second half of October. It was created by Peter Lipa, the most prominent personality of Slovak jazz.
In the beginning, musicians from Czechoslovakia and neighboring socialist countries performed at the festival. In 1977, musical groups from Western Europe appeared there for the first time - a Finnish big band Retuperä and German trio Weiden. In 1979, Bratislava welcomed the first American musician - trumpeter Lee Harper.
In the early 1980s, Bratislava Jazz Days became a big, professional festival with performances of various jazz musicians from Czechoslovakia and several European countries.
In 1982 harmonica player and guitarist Jean Toots Thielemans appeared at the Jazz Days - the first world class musician. One year later, in 1983, a radical change happened. Two American superstar jazzmen arrived in Bratislava - guitarist Larry Corryell and drummer Jack De Johnette together with his group Special Edition.
Since then a lot of celebrities have performed there, for example: Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Oregon, John McLauglin, Stanley Clarke, Bobby McFerrin, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, Lester Bowie & Bras Fantasy, Billy Cobham, Sun Ra Arkestra, Michael Brecker, Steve Coleman's Five Elements, Michel Camilo, Herbie Hancock, James Blood Ulmer, Cassandra Wilson, Stanley Jordan, John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis, Take 6, Michel Petrucciani, The Zawinul Syndicate, Bob Berg, Georgie Fame, Jean Luc Ponty, Ray Brown, Maceo Parker, Betty Carter, Steps Ahead, Hiram Bullock, Vienna Art Orchestra, Yellowjackets, Bill Evans And Push, Vernon Reid, Al Di Meola, Courtney Pine, Larry Coryell's Eleventh House, Bill Bruford's Earthworks, Grand Slam (Jim Hall, Joe Lovano, George Mraz, Lewis Nash), David Sanchez, Bebel Gilberto, Lew Tabackin, Kurt Elling, James Carter, Joey DeFrancesco, Lucky Peterson, Robben Ford, Mezzoforte, Victor Bailey, Marcus Miller.
The jazz lovers could hear every stream that enriches jazz, from free jazz, through jazz rock, jazz funk, fusion and many other streams presented by bigbands, chamber ensembles and soloists.
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