The Echternach & Clearstream International Jazz Days programme features a wealth of talent from around the world.
Echternach’s music festival is renowned the world over, having attracted top talent ranging from Benny Goodman to Yehudi Menuhin since 1975. The festival now features distinct classical and jazz programmes, with the Jazz Days spread out over the early autumn.
This Friday kicks off with a concert by Jeff Cascaro, a German jazz singer and leader of the jazz faculty at Weimar’s prestigious Franz Liszt Conservatory who will present his new album The Other Man. After that show, fans can chill out for free with The Teachers featuring Luxembourg jazz musicians for some renown Marc Demuth (bass), Maxime Bender (sax) and George Letellier (piano), alongside guitarist Riaz Khabirpour and drummer Boris Dinev.
Later concerts include performances from artists familiar to Luxemburg audiences such as Swedish jazz singer Viktoria Tolstoy and American star Diane Reeves (both of whom have performed at the Philharmonie).
Indeed, next week on 2 October Tolstoy will be accompanied by the Orchestre National de Jazz Luxembourg conducted by Gast Waltzing. Her performance will be preceded by Japanese duo Fried Pride (photo), featuring the impressive vocals of singer Shiho and guitarist Akio Yokata.
Diane Reeves returns to the Philharmonie for her Jazz Days concert on 23 October. She will showcase tracks from her latest album Beautiful Life, including covers of songs such as Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Want You’ and original songs.
Gast Waltzing returns to the stage for the closing concert to conduct the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.
Trifolion, 2 Porte St. Willibrord, Echternach
Philharmonie, place de l’Europe, Luxembourg-Kirchberg