Oslo Jazz Festival Set for Aug. 15-20

Local and international stars will headline the fest in Norway

Allen Toussaint closing the 2010 Montreal International Jazz Festival image 0

Allen Toussaint closing the 2010 Montreal International Jazz Festival

The Oslo Jazz Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary from Aug. 15-20, with a ineup that will spotlight Humcrush/Sidsel Endresen, Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet, Desafinado and others. The festival will also announce this year’s Young Star and Showcase bands.

Keyboardist Ståle Storløkken (Supersilent) and drummer Thomas Strønen (Food) are Humcrush. Singer Sidsel Endresen will partner with the duo.

Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Kronkvist will be joined by some of Scandinavia’s finest jazz musicians at the Oslo Jazz Festival.

Desafinado celebrates 25 years and their Oslo appearance will feature the original lineup with Tom S Lund, Morten Halle, Celio de Carvalho and Anne-Marie Giørtz together with Sveinung Hovensjø and Kenneth Ekornes.

Three young bands from Oslo, the Real Time, Rapjazz and Sham Jazz, have been selected for this year’s Young Star, and six bands from all over Norway will take part in this year’s Showcase: Gibs Quartet, Krokofant, Rugged Wilderness & Mountain Man No More, Sagstuen, Eat my Cake and Doffs Poi. All the concerts will take place on the festival’s open-air free stage at Egertorget.

The Oslo Jazz Festival 2011 will present 72 concerts at 18 different venues. In addition to the above-named artists, confirmed performers include Liberation Music Orchestra, Lizz Wright, Allen Toussaint, Karin Krog/Bengt Hallberg, Bugge Wesseltoft/Erik Truffaz/Ilhan Ersahin/Joe Claussell, Kenny Garrett Quartet, Susanne Sundfør, Nils Petter Molvær Trio, Mathias Eick Quintet and Lill Lindfors.

Visit Oslo Jazz for more information.