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Jazz to take Riga by storm in July

By Andra Kunstberga. 30.05.2014

Cassandra Wilson
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International World Jazz Festival comes to Riga in July

One of the summer’s most exciting music events, the International World Jazz Festival, will take place at Arena Riga at the end of July drawing crowds of jazz lovers.

Award-winning jazz stars from around the world will be performing, coming from the US, Russia, Australia, the Netherlands and other countries. 

Over two festival days, on July 30-31, “Riga will witness real jazz”, the festival’s organizers proclaim. Cassandra Wilson, a well-known American jazz diva and winner of two Grammy Awards, will perform onstage. She is one of the brightest jazz singers of the last decade, whose talent is enriched with feminine grace and refined vocals.

Riga also hosts trumpet player Till Brönner with his extraordinary and smoky musical performance as well as American trio Kate Davis and Co, who have hit the US charts with their captivating compositions. 

These stars will be performing on July 30, and the day will close with rising Russian jazz star Oleg Akkuratov, who at the age of just 24 is already known for his performances filled with vitality and youthful character.

The next day offers up five exciting talents. These include tenor saxophonist Igor Butman, who has a lyrical, melodic, melancholic and truly deep tone. He has performed in New York’s prestigious jazz club Blue Note.

Others are the American pianist Dave Grusin, the young Australian singer Fantine, who was born in Russia, the successful Canadian singer Gino Vannelli and the jazz virtuoso Lee Ritenaur.

At the same time, on both July 30 and 31, there will be free-of-charge open-air concerts featuring jazz performers from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and the US as well as a jazz night at the club Studio 69. 

[pictured: Cassandra Wilson]


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