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
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????