All That Jazz: Stockholm Jazz Fest Kicks Off Today

Roy Hargrove Quintet. Photo Govert Driessen.

This October we see the sixth instalment of the Stockholm Jazz Festival since it was moved indoors and changed season back in 2012. No surprises, just more of the same good stuff taking place across several venues and with Fasching as its base and headquarters.

“We want a broad program to be able to showcase all the possibilities and the great diversity in jazz. And in line with that we’re also proud of the number of different venues staging our concerts – everything from well-established music venues, concert houses, churches and record stores,” says Louise Nordgren of Stockholm Jazz Festival.

Some of the more prominent and interesting international names on show at the festival are visionary pianist Vijay Iyer, singer Dianne Reeves, drummer Tony Allen (who’s paying tribute to Art Blakey), guitar virtuoso Al Di Meola, and Malian singer Oumou Sangaré. Roy Hargrove, one of the leading lights among contemporary jazz trumpet players, is bringing his quintet to the festival for a date at Fasching.

Among the Swedish names we find a lot of the usual suspects including Rigmor Gustafsson, Jonas Kullhammar, Lina Nyberg and Peter Asplund. Tonbruket are also playing, and visitors will be treated to a performance by Swedish funksters Damn!, guested by both Kristin Amparo and Shirin.

Stockholm Jazz Festival, 6-15 October, various venues.