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Switzerland’s Jazzfestival Bern Is Live and In Person—Really

Concerts started on Sept. 29 and go through Nov. 28, with performances by Monty Alexander, Stanley Jordan, and more

Monty Alexander
Monty Alexander performing at Fred Taylor Scholarship benefit concert at Berklee Performance Center (photo by Kofi Poku)

At least one major jazz festival has been able to kick off with in-person events amidst the coronavirus pandemic this fall. The International Jazzfestival Bern, held in Switzerland’s capital city, began September 29 and continues through November 28.

Now in its 45th year, the International Jazzfestival Bern takes place at Marian’s Jazzroom in the city’s Hotel Innere Enge, with additional events taking place at a Jazz Tent on the hotel grounds.

The festival consists of nine weeks of performances, with performers booked for five-night stands at Marian’s—two shows per night, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The Jazz Tent is open each night from 6 to 11 p.m. and features student bands.

The festival is adhering to strict COVID-19 guidelines for artists and spectators as well as staff. All artists traveling to the festival will be screened for COVID-19 prior to their arrival at the hotel and quarantined in their rooms, except during performances. All guests and staff must wear masks, and all seating during concerts must conform to social distancing standards.

The full schedule of performances at Marian’s Jazzroom is below. Visit Jazzfestival Bern’s website for further information.

September 29 – October 3
Cyrille Aimee
Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band

October 6 – 10
Monty Alexander Trio
Hamilton de Holandia & Chano Dominguez Duo

October 13 – 17
Stanley Jordan’s “Magic Touch”
Stanley Jordan & the Christian Galvez Trio

October 20 – 24
Tom Harrell Infinity Band

October 27 – 31
Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius

November 3 – 7
Tuba Skinny

November 10 – 14
Jon Faddis All-Star Sextet

November 17 – 21
Cedric Burnside
Guy Davis

November 24 – 28
Curtis Salgado