Istanbul Jazz Festival Set for July 1-16

Jon Batiste, Richard Bona, Derrick Hodge and more scheduled to perform

Richard Bona
Derrick Hodge, backstage at Newport Jazz Festival 2013
Jon Batiste & Stay Human at The American Theater, Hampton, VA
Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human at The American Theater, Hampton, VA

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The 21st Istanbul Jazz Festival will take place at multiple venues within Turkey’s largest city from July 1-21. Among the scheduled shows is one that is part of the festival’s Strange Place for Jazz series, which will take place this year at Istanbul High School. That show, featuring bassist Derrick Hodge and the Children of the Light Trio (Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade), is scheduled for July 4 at 7:45 p.m.

The Istanbul Jazz Festival is also introducing “Jazz at Parks,” a new project that, according to a press release, “will bring together accomplished young jazz musicians from Turkey and the distinguished figures of the international jazz world on the same stage.” The Jazz at Parks event will take place at the Nişantaşı Arts Park July 5 at 6 p.m. and will be free of charge with two open-air stages. The headliner of the Jazz at Parks concert will be the New Orleans jazz pianist Jon Batiste & Stay Human. The event also features the nine-piece Polish band Mitch & Mitch, as well as five finalists in the Young Jazz series: Baturay Yarkın Trio, Cazzip Project, Mikado, Nom Trio and the Tümer Uluçınar Quartet.

The second week of the festival will begin with percussionist Manu Katché, bassist Richard Bona, Belgian pianist Eric Legnini and Italian saxophonist Stefano di Battista.

The full festival lineup is below.


1 July, Tuesday, 21.30: ‘Opening Night’ Concert: Four In The Pocket @ Austrian Cultural Office Garden

2 July, Wednesday, 21.30:Thomas Enhco Trio Feat. Cenk Erdoğan @ Salon İKSV

2 July, Wednesday, 21.15: Rumi Suite – The Eternal Day @ Sepetçiler Palace

3 July, Thursday, 21.30: Stryjo Feat. Fakih Kademoğlu @ Salon İKSV

3 July, Thursday, 21.00: Mozdzer Danielsson Fresco Trio / Tomasz Stanko @ Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall

4 July, Friday, 19.45: ‘Children Of Light’ Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade / Derrick Hodge @ Courtyard of Istanbul High School

5 July, Saturday, 18.00: ‘Jazz in the Parks’ Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Mitch & Mitch @ Nişantaşı Sanat Parkı

5 July, Saturday, 21.00: ‘Young Faces of the Festival’ Volkan ?-nol/Deniz Taşar Band/Tolga Erzurumlu Band @ Salon İKSV

7 July, Monday, 21.00: Manu Katché, Richard Bona, Stefano Di Battista, Eric Legnini / Giovanni Mirabassi Trio @ Istanbul Bilgi University santralistanbul Campus

8 July, Tuesday, 19.00: Mehliana Feat. Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana @ Haliç Congress Center

8 July, Tuesday, 21.30: Chick Corea &Stanley Clarke Duet: The Songs Of Return To Forever @ Haliç Congress Center

9 July, Wednesday, 21.30: Timuçin Şahin Quartet Feat Escreet, Rainey, Brewer @ Salon İKSV

9 July, Wednesday, 21.30: Hugh Laurie With The Copper Bottom Band @ Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre

10 July, Thursday, 21.30: Şirin Soysal Feat. Frode Haltli @ Salon İKSV

10 July, Thursday, 21.30: Katie Melua @ Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre

11 July, Friday, 22.30: Elvan Aracı Quartet Feat. Dilek Sert Erdoğan, Per-Ola Gadd @ Salon İKSV

11 July, Friday, 21.15: Cécile Mclorin Salvant / Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society @ Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum

12 July, Saturday, 18.00: ‘Canada Stage’ Brendi Disterheft Trio / Kellylee Evans / BabaZula @ KüçükÇiftlik Park

13 July, Sunday, 14.00: Ola Onabulé @ Kanyon

14 July, Monday, 22.00: Hugh Masekela @ Ortaköy Feriye

16 July, Wednesday, 21.30: ‘Encounters With Masters’ Salman Gambarov, Yıldız İbrahimova, ?-nder Focan, Şenova Ülker, Fatih Ahıskalı, Ferit Odman @ Boğaziçi University South Campus

Tickets for the 21st Istanbul Jazz Festival can be purchased through Biletix sales channels: BILETIX Call Centre (+90 216 556 98 00) / and the main box office at İKSV (Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası Sadi Konuralp Cad. No: 5 Şişhane – Istanbul).

For further information visit Istanbuil Jazz Festival.