Carlos Santana is also coming. Photo: dpa
The Stuttgart Jazz-Open Festival presented this year’s program and its top-class guests.
Stuttgart – It is well known that you keep the most beautiful until the end. And so Jurgen Schlensog, organizer of the Stuttgart Jazz-Open festival with his company Opus, was allowed to practice secrecy until Monday lunchtime, before he proudly announced that the former Pink Floyd man David Gilmour would be the star guest of this year’s 23. Edition of the festival will be.
But what does “star guest” mean? The old masters Carlos Santana, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Van Morrison, Jamie Cullum, Nils Petter Molvaer, Klaus Doldinger and even Cro are just a few of the thirty or so artists expected this year. In any case, the program reads superbly, and the audience expectations are accordingly. “Stuttgart, along with Rotterdam and Montreux, is now right at the front in terms of audience expectations,” Schlensog added yesterday about Europe’s jazz festivals – big words, but there is also substance behind it. The Jazz Open can expect well over 30,000 visitors (a new record); For the concerts of Cro (who, together with Dana Leong and Christian Scott, is supposed to inspire the "Open" part of the Jazz Open) and Santana there are only a few standing room tickets, David Gilmour – who promises to come with a three-hour mammoth show – should find its audience in no time, despite the rather impressive entrance fees on a stage on Schlossplatz, the capacity of which has now been increased to six thousand visitors.
The open-air stage at the Mercedesmuseum will no longer be part of the event. The cooperation was unfortunately terminated by the car manufacturer and, of all things, on the tenth anniversary of the best-visited Stuttgart museum. A new addition is the Scala in Ludwigsburg, where the aforementioned jazz bassist Stanley Clarke and Keb Mo will be guests. The Beethovensaal of the Liederhalle will also be used again this year, where Carlos Santana, incidentally, celebrated his premiere at the Jazz Open twenty years ago; here Chick Corea – with Branford Marsalis in advance – gives his only concert in Germany this year.
The kick-off will be on July 8th in the Sparda-Welt at the main station Klaus Doldinger, who will receive the German Jazz Trophy there – accompanied by Wolfgang Dauner and Manfred Schoof, among others; To conclude on July 17th, Jamie Cullum will be making a guest appearance on Schlossplatz for the third time in a row in view of the considerable public demand.