Festival of Slovenian Jazz

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Festival slovenskega jazza
http://www.fsj.si
jazzravne@gmail.com
Phone386 (0) 31 629 914
Organised byJazz Society
 KD Drugi zvoki
 Carinthia Jazz
Frequencyannual
Festival dates17.10.2013 - 19.10.2013
16.10.2014 - 18.10.2014
15.10.2015 - 17.10.2015
13.10.2016 - 15.10.2016
16.10.2017 - 21.10.2017
2.10.2018 - 6.10.2018
17.9.2019 - 21.9.2019
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Festival of Slovenian Jazz 2013 Vasko Atanasovski trio Marjan Stanic.jpg

The Festival of Slovenian Jazz is an annual presentation of the current creative endeavours among the Slovenian jazz musicians of various musical orientations. Taking place since 2003, it is hosting big bands, contemporary jazz collectives, free jazz practitioners and all sorts of other creative musicians, many of them often playing with an international cast, thus giving the festival a somewhat international character.

The festival takes place in the Kompleks Youth Culture Centre in Ravne na Koroškem and partially also in the Cultural centre Ravne.

Festival of Slovenian Jazz 2014 01.jpg

The Festival of Slovenian Jazz is an annual presentation of the current creative endeavours among the Slovenian jazz musicians of various musical orientations. Taking place since 2003, it has hosted big bands, contemporary jazz collectives and free jazz practitioners, all of them sometimes playing with an international cast, thus giving the festival – despite its name – a somewhat international character.

Until 2010, the festival was organised by the Jazz Society and held in the auditorium of Hotel Lev, Ljubljana. Then, after a two-year break, it continued in Ravne na Koroškem, produced together with the crew of the Jazz Ravne cycle. The festival now takes place in the Kompleks Youth Culture Centre and partially also in the Cultural centre Ravne.


Background

The history of the Jazz Society goes back quite a long time, as they are the ones who in 1960 brought to life the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, nowadays still existing as the oldest European jazz festival. At that time, it was called Yugoslavia Jazz Festival and was held in Bled, moving to Ljubljana only later in 1967. A dozen years later, at the end of the 1970s, the festival organisation was handed to the then newly established Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre. Consequently, for a few years, the Jazz Society ran its own festival (once again set in Bled), organised regular concert evenings in Ljubljana, and worked on the local jazz culture, managing, for example, to install a jazz course into the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory curriculum.

Music programme

Some of the bands and musicians that have appeared at the festival include RTV Slovenia Big Band, Jure Pukl Quartet, Balžalorsky / Drašler 3o, Lolita, Vasko Atanasovski Trio, Jazoo, Robert Jukič, Jaka Kopač, Zlatko Kaučič, Cene Resnik, Samo Šalamon and Igor Bezget. Playing on the same stages, have been such notable musicians as Giovanni Maier, Clarence Penn, Howard Curtis, and Wayne Darling.

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