Canceled Anniversary of the Wien Jazz Festival

The Jazz Fest Wien exists for 30 years. Since then, it has developed into one of the most renowned jazz festivals in Europe. The reason for this is the countless stars participate and the exciting locations where the concerts take place. For the anniversary year, the organizers wanted to bring Paolo Conte, Brian Ferry, and Beth Hart to Vienna. The debut of young pianist Verena Zeiner should also be one of the highlights, but all the planes were canceled. The current circumstances forced the organizers to declare a cancellation because it was no longer possible to organize the festival. The anniversary of 30 years of the Jazz Fest Wien is now rescheduled to the next year.

Vienna
Vienna

The Austrian capital Vienna is not only in the heart of Europe but has stood for the world-class music for many centuries. Jazz has also entered the Danube metropolis since 1991. Right from the start, the founder of the Vienna Jazz Festival, Frith Thom, made the great importance of the stylistic range of his festival. He always made sure that the visitors could expect a colorful mix of jazz, soul, blues, rock, and pop. To lure  the stars of the genre to come to Vienna turned out as an easy task.

From Opera to Waste Incineration Plant

After all, the Jazz Fest Wien was held in the most attractive locations from the very beginning. The Vienna State Opera next to the world-famous Hotel Sacher, the town hall, the Vienna concert hall, and numerous jazz clubs such as the Porgy & Bess are just a few of them. As if that weren’t enough, the musicians also perform in unusual locations such as the Museums Quartier and the Spittelau waste incineration plant.  In order to attract as many visitors as possible, some performances even  are free of charge. That has turned Vienna into a centre of attraction for jazz fans from all over the world. What they get here is impressive. In the past 30 years, almost all jazz stars performed as guests of this Jazz Festival. They delivered exceptional concerts in locations that were unusual for themselves. Already the first edition in 1991 had a lot of superstars of jazz such as Miles Davis, the Zawinul Syndicate, James Brown, Jan Garbarek, and Pat Metheny. The numerous shows quickly ensured that Vienna got a place in the international event calendar.

Jazz Fest Wien
Jazz Fest Wien

There Will be a Celebration Next Year

The concerts by Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Randy Crawford, and Oscar Peterson are just a few well-known names. Nina Simone performed in Vienna as well as Dave Brubeck, Wayne Shorter, and George Benson. The wide musical spectrum can be the best described by a show of R.E.M. in the Vienna State Opera, which caused the opera house to be shaked.

Numerous highlights were canceled for the anniversary year of 2020. These include concerts by Paolo Conte, ex-Roxy singer Brian Ferry, and Scott Bradlee’s postmodern jukebox. The postponement of the 30th anniversary now gives the organizers the chance to fine-tune the program further and bring one or two stars more on the board. The audience is sure to find a colorful mix of legends and talents.