Valamar Jazz Festival

Billy Childs, Buster Williams, Concert in Euphrasian Basilica, Mo' Blow, Trumpeter over lake, the beach, the stage at night, festival attendees, & 2013 Festival Logo.
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Country and Region CroatiaIstria
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Poreč, Istria, Croatia
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Festival Description

The first edition of the Valamar Jazz Festival took place in 2011 in the coastal town of Porec, Croatia. The annual events center around the beautiful beach location and the a non-stop jazz party. The lineup features a stellar lineup of national and international acts. Performances take place at various locations throughout Porec. While there, take advantage of the scenic villages and cities the region has to offer — Rovinj, Pazin and Motovun and the numerous small islands.

Festival Dates June 25 - 29, 2013
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Edition 2013:
  • About
    • It’s been the fourth year in a row that Valamar Jazz Festival brings together world-renowned jazzers in Poreč at the end of June! Between June 25 and 29, the Festival will take place at several town landmarks under the direction of the unique and acclaimed jazz musician Tamara Obrovac. Valamar Jazz Festival is an opportunity to spend an ideal musical summer vacation, as it gives you the world’s best jazz on one of the most desired spots on earth for vacationers – the town of Poreč. Our five-day program includes performances of extraordinary guests from the world of jazz. Stages will be set in the authentic ambiance of the Istrian historical town; the main venue is the Island of St. Nicholas (Otok Sv. Nikole), just across the port, while two concerts will be performed in the atrium of the Euphrasian Basilica, one of the most beautiful early Byzantine architectural monuments of the Mediterranean.
      Our intention is to jazz up the atmosphere by accompanying the regular program with a number of events; young musicians will perform on the streets and in local cafés, jam at midnight sessions and at after parties, imbuing the old town airs with genuine and exciting musical vibe.
  • Artists
    • Some of the great musicians performing this year. Billy Childs, perhaps the most sought after jazz composer, arranger, and piano player at the moment, will bring along his All Star Quartet. His bountiful career brought him ten Grammy Award nominations, winning him three. Childs has shared his stage and studio with a number of distinguished jazz performers such as Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Heath, Art Farmer, Nat Adderly, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, and Don Byron. Buster Williams is a landmark in the history of modern jazz. He has been around for more than fifty years, working with such jazz giants as Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, and Sonny Rollins. In the early 1990s, Buster established a quartet that will bring Something More to Poreč this year.
  • Sponsor
    • Valamar Hotels & Resorts – Festival’s general sponsor – will be there to provide exquisite gastronomic experience and accommodation in many of its hotels and camps. For this special occasion, you can book one of the packages that include hotel accommodation at Valamar Riviera, Valamar Club Tamaris, Valamar Rubin, or Fortuna Island, and tickets for all Festival performances. Details on the packages and booking are available at


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