TicketsÂ Â selling fast
Over 4,000 tickets for this year’s festival have already been sold. With around 9,000 tickets on sale, there are still seats available, but some concerts are close to being soldÂ out.
Jazz photography exhibition opens
“Jazz Memories in Black & White”, an exhibition of Lasse Seger’s photos from 25 years of covering jazz, has now opened at Ystads konstmuseum. The exhibition, organized Â in cooperation with the festival,Â runs until August 9. Free admission.
BirdlandÂ gets around
This year’s festival poster,Â Birdland by LasseÂ Ă
berg, is now on sale atÂ Ystad Tourist Office. It is alreadyÂ popular around the world Â Â The latest sighting was in Aspen, Colorado…
The Local, a website thatÂ presents Sweden’s news in English, has listedÂ Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival among Sweden’s hottest music festivals for 2015.
In the south of Sweden, the small town of Ystad – of Kurt WallanderScandinavian crime series fame – is set to welcome many of the big names of the jazz world. Read moreÂ hĂ€r!
The Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival line up for 2015Â will featureÂ Dianne Reeves, Robert Glasper Trio, Richard Bona, Dhafer Youssef, Kenny Barron, Dave Holland and many more in a five-dayÂ programme of 35 concerts and special events.
Ystad Sweden Jazz FestivalÂ will be held betweenÂ 29 July – 2 AugustÂ 2015.
The concerts will take place atÂ 10 historicÂ Â venues dating from the 1200 – 1800s.Â One of the hallmarks of the festival is that concerts are held in intimate venues, withÂ audiencesÂ ofÂ 120 –Â 400.
Download the programme as a PDFÂ (left).
Tickets for YSJF 2015 are available via
â www.ystadjazz.se (Click on PROGRAM/TICKETS above)
â Ystad Tourist Office +46 0411-57 76 81
Dianne Reeves won the Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy for âBeautiful LifeâÂ at the 57th Grammy Awards on Sunday evening.
Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival is very proud to present one of the worldâs best jazz singers, Dianne Reeves, at this summerâs festival!
Dianne Reeves is a virtuoso vocalist whose improvisational prowess glides between jazz and R&B. âšâBeautiful Lifeâ, her first album in five years, won Reeves her fifth Grammy.
âLife is beautiful, and I wanted to celebrate that which is too often overlooked,â says Reeves about âBeautiful Lifeâ. The album includes music by names such as Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac and Marvin Gaye and touches on Latin, R&B and pop.
Dianne Reeves has performed all over the world. In January 2015, she performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York with Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bobby McFerrin in a tribute concert to Michael Brecker.â
Dianne Reeves will perform at Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival on Friday 31 July at 23.00 in a concert on the festivalâs main stage, Ystads Teater.
Concert tickets and the complete Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival 2015 program will be released on 21 April.
Read more about Dianne Reeves at: http://diannereeves.com/
We are planning and preparing a book about the festivalâs first five years â and we would like you to be part of it!
We would like to hear from all those who have been a part of the festival experienceâŠ musicians, music lovers, volunteers, journalistsâŠ and share your memories, impressions, anecdotes and, not least, photos of all aspects of the festival â on stage, behind the scenes and around town during festival time.
What is your favourite festival memory?
Please send your contribution and photos to: email@example.com by 28 February.
Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival has beenÂ awarded the Culture prizeÂ for 2014 by Magasinet SkĂ„ne. The festival’s Artistic Director Jan Lundgren received theÂ prizeÂ at the magazine’s annual awards ceremony in MalmĂ¶.
Preparations are already underway for the sixthÂ Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival. We hope to see you in Ystad in the summer of 2015!
Meanwhile, ifÂ you want to find out more about YSJF…
YSJF in pictures
Click on GALLERYÂ above to browseÂ our image bank of hundreds of photos from past concerts, behind the scenes and around the festival.
YSJF in words
Here’s what two visiting journalists said about YSJF 2014:
“With its musical and organizational excellence â plus good vibes from the beauty, antiquity and walkable compactness of the Medieval town of Ystad â this event has reached the exalted ranks achieved by other older, similarly intimate yet worldly jazz festivals.”
âÂ Joe Woodard, Down Beat
âJazz Journal readers will be aware of my enthusiasm for the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival, initiated in 2010 by Jan Lundgren and directed and delivered by him in collaboration with the festival’s president, the indefatigable Thomas Lantz – to say nothing of the many volunteers (120 this year) who do so much to help make the festival an especially friendly and enjoyable experience for the visitor.”
â Michael Tucker, Jazz Journal
Click on REVIEWS above for international reviews of YSJF 2014.
Doug Ramsey reviews YSJF 2014 and traces Sweden’s enduring passion for jazz in his illuminating article for The Wall Street Journal.
DougÂ has also written a series of posts about the 2014 festival for his award-winning Rifftides blog.
US journalist Jo Woodard’s first review of YSJF 2014 for Down Beat is now online:
YSJF 2014 concert reviews by Danish writer Niels Christensen can be found on the new Norwegian jazz website, Salt peanuts*