In the past few days there have been a couple of stories in the UK press about jazz festivals in Europe.
-The Guardian covered a range of FRENCH jazz festivals
-Jazzwise Magazine’s website gave an excelent preview of the North Sea Jazz Festival , pointing out the British names.
I took further soundings from a couple of old European festival hands.
One tells me he’s been to two:
–Montreux (July 3-18) , where he tells me to watch out that very basic food costs a lot.
–Marciac,where he tells me there’s plenty of good, free music at lunchtime while you sip the local wine in the town square. There’s even a jazz museum and a bronze statue of Wynton Marsalis. But also tells me that the entire crowd feels often impelled to clap on the beat…
My second source mentioned:
–North Sea Festival (July 11-13) because it’s absolutely vast…. and
–Umbria because of the setting. But he soon started to get more animated as he talked about a couple more…First, a festival which has the loot to hire anyone in the world, in Norway: it’s the VERY impressive
His out-of the way tip was
Clusone, north of Bergamo in Italy (19th June – 2nd August/ main weekend 25th-26th July). Check out these pictures of a very sleepy town being kicked into life.
But I’m getting sorely tempted by the programme to try to check out…the NDR Big Band, Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano…. in Krakow (July 16th-19th)….
Any more thoughts or recommendations????