2012

Elif Caglar was born in Istanbul,Turkey. She studied Jazz Composition at Istanbul Bilgi University with Turkey’s leading jazz musicians as professors. She participated in Lawrence ‘Butch’ Morris’s unique “conduction” experience and also focused on “Classical Turkish Music’” with Timur Selcuk for a year.

The Lucerne Jazz Orchestra is a Swiss bigband, one of the leading European jazz orchestras nowadays. They performing compostitions of contemporary jazz composers.

Inside Group is a Slovakian instrumental fusion trio. 

The Quartet is a bunch of very young and very talented Slovak jazz players, winners of the competitions "New Faces of Slovak Jazz". The repertoire is mainly based of composition of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie.

Emil Viklický is a worldwide famous Czech pianist and composer. His jazz is under the strong influence of Moravian folklore harmonies. He is composing and performing contemporary music and film music too.

One of the last years performances of his trio was voted by the All About Jazz page as one of the twelve best jazz concerts of the year. 

Till Brönner is a German jazz musician, trumpet player, singer, composer, arranger and producer. He has a unique jazz approach influenced by bebop and fusion jazz, but also modern pop music, movie soundtracks, country music and even German pop songs.

Kool & the Gang is an American jazz, R&B, soul, and funk group, originally formed in 1964 as the Jazziacs based in New Jersey. 

They went through several musical phases during the course of their recording career, starting out with a purist jazz sound, then becoming practitioners of R&B and funk, progressing to a smooth pop-funk ensemble, and in the post-millennium creating music with a modern, electro-pop sound. 

They have sold over 70 million albums worldwide.

Petra Vlková is an extremely talented Czech singer. Her style is acoustic jazz-pop. Amongst her own compostitions she's performing special versions of The Beatles and Queen songs..

The Slovak band FAT breakFAST was the winner of the last year's B-stage Talent competition of our festival. The band is inspired by the contemporary New York jazz scene and the Waking Vision Trio. They mixing jazz, fusion and alternatove rock.

Zbigniew Namysłowski is a Polish jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, cellist, trombonist, pianist and composer born in Warsaw, perhaps best known for appearing on the Krzysztof Komeda album "Astigmatic". He has collaborated in the past with such artists as Leszek Możdżer, Michał Urbaniak and Andrzej Trzaskowski.