Sopot Jazz Festival, Sopot (05/10/17 – 07/10/17)
Sopot Jazz Festival is one of the oldest jazz festivals in Poland. The main characteristic of this festival is the high quality of the presented music, as well as its authenticity and originality. The smallest of the Trojmiasto (Tri-Cities), the Baltic Sea spa town of Sopot is sandwiched between the ports Gdansk and Gdynia, just a stone’s throw from each. Once a retreat for the rich and royal in past centuries, Sopot’s exclusive aura even remained throughout the Communist era but the town has undergone a building boom in recent years. Boasting beautiful beaches and stylish resorts, Sopot is also known for its wooden pier, the longest in Europe, the charming Forest Opera and the lively Monte Cassino Street. When designing the event, special emphasis was placed on an ambitious programme that presents interesting artists from all over the world to festival audiences. This includes both those of already established popularity as well as those whose introduction on the stage of the Sopot Festival are a breath of freshness that positively affects the contemporary image of jazz music as a dynamically developing form of global music, facilitating contacts and mutual intercultural understanding. In the years between 2011 and 2015 Adam Pieronczyk, a jazz saxophonist, was the artistic director of the festival but from 2016 appointed curators would be responsible for the artistic programme of the festival. Greg Osby, an American saxophonist, composer, producer and teacher became the curator for the 2016 and 2017 festivals.
More info: http://www.sopotjazz.pl/