Thursday, April 26, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)

Post Tower


(Post Tower | April 26, 2018) In recent years, a surprisingly young, talented, and motivated jazz scene has developed in Germany. Critics rave about the “enormous musical maturity” of these three musicians, in spite of their young age. Known for their innovative sounds and infectious grooves, they first played for an international audience at the 2017 Echo Jazz. We can expect to hear a lot more from this band in the future. Anna-Lena Schnab... read more »

Nils Landgren Quartet

(Post Tower | April 26, 2018) His trademark is a red trombone. For more than 30 years, the Swede Nils Landgren has been a defining influence on the European jazz scene as a trombone player, singer, and producer. With a unique mixture of humor, charm, and artistic ambition, Landgren ranges far beyond the supposed borders of the genre. This is great entertainment that comes along as jazz. Nils Landgren – trombone, vocals Eric Staiger – piano... read more »

Friday, April 27, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)

Telekom Forum

Ed Motta

(Telekom Forum | 27.4.2018) Ed Motta’s music is a perfect mixture of black jazz and soul. With his powerful baritone voice, his fabulous Rhodes and piano playing, and his seriously funky band, his recordings are irresistible, and the effect is even more powerful in live performance. This Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and entertainer has had a number of radio hits. At Jazzfest Bonn, he will present material from his new album, which will... read more »


(Telekom Forum | 27.4.2018) Captivating club music with a nice, fat sound: guitarist-composer Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick realizes this dream with his band Incognito. For more than 30 years, this multi-cultural collective has produced complex yet danceable music and been a trendsetter in the acid jazz movement. The group is one of the world’s best-known large disco funk bands. In Search of Better Days is their 17th studio album. Superb arrangeme... read more »

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)

Universität Bonn, Aula

Andreas Schaerer & A Novel of Anomaly

(Universität Bonn| April 28, 2018) In 2017, Andreas Schaerer unleashed a musical whirlwind with his band Hildegard Lernt Fliegen . Now this exceptional vocalist returns to Bonn with another one of his regular projects: A Novel of Anomaly. This quartet is “anomalous” in the best sense, because Schaerer, the catalyst of the group, shines here with the jazzy Bella vita spirit of the Italian Luciano Biondini and the rugged Nordic electronic sounds... read more »

Nils Wülker

(Universität Bonn | May 28, 2018) Bonn native Nils Wülker is one of the most successful jazz trumpet players in Germany. Die Zeit called him a “great melodicist”, and he has made a name for himself with his open musical mind, his pop-influenced songs, and his energetic improvisations. On his latest album, ON, he opens doors to new worlds of sound. A high-spirited and elegant treat uniting hip-hop, pop, and jazz.   Nils Wülker – trum... read more »

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)

Universität Bonn, Aula

Django Bates’ Belovèd

(Universität Bonn | April 29, 2018) All roads lead to Django Bates. This pianist has been called “The Monty Python of Jazz.” In 1997, he won the Jazzpar Prize (the so-called Nobel Prize of jazz) as well as the Prix Bobby Jaspar as “Best European Jazz Musician.” His music is full of virtuosity and creativity, and Bates is an exceptional pianist. Belovèd will be a spectacular kaleidoscope of rhythm and entertainment. Django Bates – piano Pet... read more »

Ulita Knaus

(Universität Bonn | April 29, 2018) Singer-songwriter Ulita Knaus’s seventh album, Love In This Time, is both romantic and lively. Knaus, who lives in Hamburg, melted hearts in Bonn’s Post Tower in 2015. This year she will present a moving version of Stevie Wonder’s Visions as well as her own compositions. An evening to lean back and enjoy: light and sensuous, authentic and full of charm. Ulita Knaus – vocals Tino Derado – piano Achim Raf... read more »

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)


Inga Lühning & André Nendza

(Brotfabrik| May 3, 2018) Jazz-pop singer Inga Lühning and bass player-composer André Nendza explore a broad spectrum of musical styles from Degenhardt to Michael Jackson. They perform their own material as well as cover versions of other artists – sometimes pure and simple with only voice and bass, sometimes strikingly complex with loops, electric bass, electronic effects, and a bass slit drum. Captivating sound spaces for the heart. In... read more »

Julia Hülsmann & Christopher Dell

(Beethoven-Haus | May 3, 2018) Although both of these artists live in Berlin and have influenced the German jazz scene for decades, this is the first time they have worked together. Julia Hülsmann is well known to Bonn audiences; Christopher Dell first appeared here in 2017 with an impressive presentation of his rhythmical and flowing improvisational skills. A rare summit meeting: treat yourself to the artistry of two percussion instruments pl... read more »

Friday, May 4, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)


Lage Lund Trio

(Brotfabrik | May 4, 2018) 38-year-old Lage Lund is widely considered one of the best guitarists of his generation. He plays the standard repertoire as well as his own compositions with technical virtuosity and harmonic refinement. The program will include original material as well as carefully selected standards, among them Bobby Hutcherson’s legendary Isn’t This My Sound Around Me. Lage Lund – guitar Matt Brewer – bass Johnathan Blake ... read more »

Philip Catherine & Martin Wind Duo

(Brotfabrik | May 4, 2018) At the age of 76, Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine is one of the greatest and most experienced jazz legends. He has toured with Lou Bennett, Dexter Gordon, and Chet Baker. The power of his unmistakable improvisational style and his unerring feeling for time and space is particularly apparent in combination with bass player Martin Wind. Philip Catherine – guitar Martin Wind – bass   ... read more »

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)

Haus der Geschichte

Julia Biel

(Haus der Geschichte | May 5, 2018) She sounds like a perfect mixture of Billie Holiday, Björk, and Amy Winehouse. Julia Biel’s voice is movingly tender yet also striking, vulnerable, and raw. With her poetic and lyrical music, this multi-talented young artist from London is one of the festival’s big discoveries. With her new program, Biel takes a melodic look at contemporary life and love.   Julia Biel – vocals, piano, guitar Rob ... read more »

Wolfgang Haffner Quartett

(Haus der Geschichte | May 5, 2018) In the course of his 30 years on the stage, Wolfgang Haffner has worked with almost all of the big names in jazz and rock. Tales of his mastery are legendary. In 2017, he and a group of trusted virtuoso friends released the album Kind of Spain, a heartfelt project where ballads of serene and exquisite beauty celebrate the Spanish joy of living. Wolfgang Haffner – drums Roberto Di Gioia – piano Christoph... read more »

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)


Richie Beirach & Gregor Huebner

(Volksbank-Haus | May 6, 2018) This duo has been described as one of the best modern jazz and chamber ensembles of our time, moving freely across stylistic borders. These two full-blooded musicians are perfect examples of “performer-composers”. Gregor Huebner and Richie Beirach have achieved everything in their individual fields. Now, together, they present enchanting lyricism and powerful modern jazz of the highest standard.   Richie B... read more »


(Volksbank-Haus | May 6, 2018) Since 2001, Lyambiko has lent her name to this highly successful band. With rich timbre and humor, this singer from Thuringia tells thoughtful and profound stories. Old and yellowed letters she found in the home of her husband’s parents were the inspiration for her newest album, Love Letters. Lyambiko sings classics like Some Day My Prince Will Come as well as her own compositions that sometimes have the feeling ... read more »

Monday, May 7, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)


John Scofield’s „Country For Old Men”

(Opernhaus | May 7, 2018) Grammy winner John Scofield has never made a secret of his roots in country and folk music. Now the guitar virtuoso is finally expressing this side of his musical personality. With a strong focus on melody and a humorous touch, country sounds meet the finest modern jazz. John Scofield – guitar Gerald Clayton – keys Vicente Archer – bass Bill Stewart – drums   ... read more »


(Opernhaus | May 7, 2018) For decades now, the Bundesjazzorchester has been a proving ground for talented jazz musicians. Under the direction of Niels Klein, the 20 young performers play both conventional and experimental Big Band jazz at a high artistic level. They are also bringing an exclusive new multi-media production to Bonn with the title Utopias in Sound – 100 Years of Bauhaus. Niels Klein - conducto saxophones: • Tobias Haug (A... read more »

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)


Eyolf Dale Quintet

(LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn | May 10, 2018) Eyolf Dale will beguile you. This pianist, arranger, and improviser from Oslo is an important figure in the Norwegian jazz scene. He creates broad melodic and harmonic landscapes with uncommonly lyrical and moving piano music that offers limitless listening enjoyment. Eyolf Dale – piano Atle Nymo – saxophone, clarinet Adrian Løseth Waade – violine Per Zanussi – bass Andreas Bye – drums   ... read more »

Makoto Ozone Trio

(LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn | May 5, 2018) Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone, who lives in Tokyo, has received numerous Grammy nominations and belongs to the international jazz and classical crème-de-la-crème since decades. This is a rare fortune to experience an artist who is at home in the great concert halls of the world together with New York bass player James Genus (Herbie Hancock, etc.) and drummer Clarence Penn (Steps Ahead, etc.). Makoto Ozo... read more »

Friday, May 11, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)

LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn

Pablo Held Quartet

(LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn | May 11, 2018) The pianist Pablo Held has long been more than just an insider’s tip. With his attentive feeling for radical spontaneity and his borderless sound aesthetic, he is one of the most creative protagonists of German jazz. Now he is coming to Bonn with a new European quartet and an eagerly anticipated program. Come and witness what the courage to take risks can create. Pablo Held – piano Kit Downes – organ ... read more »

Aaron Goldberg Trio

(LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn | May 11, 2018) Aaron Goldberg is quite certain that “No performance will ever be like any other.” The American pianist – among the most sought-after on the international scene – feels a deep connection to tradition, but hopes to influence and develop this creative inheritance with his own personal style. DownBeat Magazine praised his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes.” This will be the first chance to experience him and h... read more »

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 07:00 pm (double concert)


Scriabin Code

Martin Albrecht Scriabin Code feat. Asli Kilic (Bundeskunsthalle | May 12, 2018) Alexander Skrjabin (1872-1915) was a visionary Russian composer and pianist. The Scriabin Code is a live multimedia performance project in which a classical pianist, a media artist, and a modern jazz ensemble take part in a dialogue with Skrjabin’s music – unlocking its secrets, developing it further, and transforming it into something never heard before. Mart... read more »

Michael Wollny Trio

(Bundeskunsthalle | May 5, 2018) Michael Wollny’s trademark is unpredictability, the search for previously unheard sounds, and the courage to embrace the moment and make the unexpected seem natural. He is constantly reinventing himself and his music. All this makes him “a complete master of the piano” (FAZ) and “the most powerful (jazz) musical personality to come out of Germany since Albert Mangelsdorff” (Hamburger Abendblatt). In Bonn, he an... read more »