Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival

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Country and Region LithuaniaVilnius
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania
Festival Contact Information

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival
Public Institution “Vilnius Jazz Club”
Savanoriu av. 53-4
LT-03149 Vilnius
Phone/fax: +370 (698) 32 636

Festival Description

The colourful Vilnius Mama Jazz festival, which offers a variety of jazz styles, has been held in the capital since 2002. The musical line-ups have encompassed everything from all star projects to contemporary post-bop, live sound for silent cinema, and arrangements of Led Zeppelin music accompanied by cabbage soup flavour. Quality, originality, and relevance are the unifying factors defining the diversity of festival programmes.

The goal of the international jazz festival each year is to introduce interesting international jazz phenomena to Lithuanian audiences and to provide an environment for young artists to participate in national and international projects. While much of the festival programme is host to internationally renowned artists, the Vilnius Mama Jazz scene is also open to music that has not won prestigious Grammy trophies or received favourable Downbeat reviews. Every year, Lithuanian musicians present new programmes specially devised for the Vilnius Mama Jazz scene. Both mature masters and young musicians have the opportunity to play at the international festival. Indeed many of them start their festival career as participants in night jam sessions.

Festival Dates November 16 - 20, 2011
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Programming 2011:
  • Wednesday, November 16, 7:00pm
    • Marijus Sūdžius (Lithuania)
      Winner of the 23rd International Piano Competition (“Jazz Improvisation”) of the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. With Marijus Sūdžius, DAVID BINNEY GROUP (USA), David Binney, John Escreet, Matt Brewer, and Dan Weiss
    • 10:00pm Jam Session at Hotel Holiday Inn Vilnius (Šeimyniškių str. 1 — free of charge)
  • Thursday, November 17, 7:00pm
    • Emile Parisien Quartet (France) – With Emile Parisien, Julien Touéry, Ivan Gelugne, and Sylvain Darrifourcq
    • Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble (USA) — With Billy Childs, Tim Garland, Carol Robbins, Larry Koonse, Hamilton Price, and Brian Blade
    • 10pm Jam Session at Hotel Holiday Inn Vilnius (Šeimyniškių str. 1 — free of charge)
  • Friday, November 18, 8:00pm
    • InSearch (Lithuania) — With Juozas Martinkėnas, Nojus Jurkus, Paulius Adomėnas, and Mantas Augustaitis
    • ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT (USA) — With Robert Glasper, Casey Benjamin, Earl Travis, and Mark Colenburg
    • 11pm Jam Session at Hotel Holiday Inn Vilnius (Šeimyniškių str. — free of charge)
  • Thursday, November 19, 7:00pm
    • OZMA (France) — With Dave Florsch, Guillaume Nuss, Adrien Dennefeld, Edouard Séro – Guillaume, and Stéphane Scharlé
    • Jay Phelps Quintet (Great Britain) — With Jay Phelps, Karl Rasheed – Abel, Michael Mwenso, Jonathan Gee, and Matt Home
    • 10pm Jam Session at Hotel Holiday Inn Vilnius (Šeimyniškių str. 1 — free of charge)


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