Istanbul Jazz Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) with Garanti Bank’s sponsorship for 21 years, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Its Young Jazz participants for this year has been announced.
Among the bands and solo projects submitted for the Young Jazz concerts series, organized for the 16th time this year, Art Blakey Tribute Band, JmH, The Kites, Nar, Pelin Güneş Quartet and Portrait and A Dream were chosen as the participants this year during the evaluation that took place at Freezone Studio during “IKSV Series at Freezone Studio” event on the 27th of May, Sunday. The concerts will be a part of Jazz at the Parks series.
Art Blakey Tribute Band, JmH, The Kites, Nar, Pelin Güneş Quartet and Portrait and A Dream were chosen by the Young Jazz jury among submissions of fusion jazz, rock, jazz, funk jazz, Latin jazz, pop jazz, acid jazz, blues, soul, R&B, electronic jazz and similar projects. They will be performing during the free Jazz at the Parks event that will take place in Beylikdüzü Yaşam Vadisi Park and Fenerbahçe Park with Fenerbahçe Khalkedon on the 7th and 8th of July.
Young Jazz provides a platform for amateur or emerging musicians and bands to make their early professional stage appearance within the Istanbul Jazz Festival. Its jury members this year are musician Aycan Teztel, musician Cem Tuncer, musician Cenk Erdoğan, music writer Feridun Ertaşkan, musician Ferit Odman, musician Hediye Güven, music writer and producer Hülya Tunçağ, music writer Sevin Okyay, journalist Yekta Kopan and Istanbul Jazz Festival’s Assistant Director Harun İzer.
Young Jazz concerts gave many young musicians the opportunity to share the stage with world-famous jazz artists during the past fifteen years. The bands and musicians participated in other festivals following these concerts and were given the opportunity to perform at various jazz clubs both in Turkey and overseas. The previous participants of Young Jazz include Gevende, Mikado, Ece Göksu, Ozan Musluoğlu, Batuhan Şallıel ve Anıl Şallıel, Volkan Topakoğlu, Yaşam Hancılar, Cihan Mürtezaoğlu, Deniz Taşar, Çağrı Sertel, Ekin Cengizkan, Başak Yavuz, Tolga Erzurumlu, Tümer Uluçınar, Hakan Başar, Geeva Flava, Eylül Biçer, Sanat Deliorman, İpek Dinç, Can Tutuğ, Cazzip Project and Gagarin Jazz Band.