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Artists

Enrico Rava Tribe featuring Gianluca Petrella
Since the beginning of his career Enrico Rava has followed a path paved by former jazz masters and lead others down the road of revitalized jazz tradition...
HARRIET TUBMAN featuring CASSANDRA WILSON present "BLACK SUN"
Grammy award winner Cassandra Wilson and jazz band Harriet Tubman will hit the stage together for a special night for the festival...
Mare Nostrum: Paolo FRESU- Richard GALLIANO- Jan LUNDGREN
Mare Nostrum is a project consisting of critically praised European musicians; Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, French accordion player Richard Galliano and Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren...
Nicholas Payton XXX
Grammy award winner trumpet player, multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton is considered as one of the greatest musicians of our time. Before finishing high school...
Mulatu Astatke
Musician and composer Mulatu Astatke is one of music's living legends. He is considered to be the creator of the Ethio-Jazz genre. Gilles Peterson has said that "Mulatu's music is the ultimate form to reach."...
John Surman
John Surman is one of the greatest saxophone players that the London jazz scene ever introduced to the world. His successful career which started during the 1960s is full of collaborations with many musicians such as Devonian Mike Westbrook...
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble featuring Yasiin Bey ( aka Mos Def ) & MF DOOM
Chris Dave and the Drumhedz are preparing for taking you on a musical journey. Playing a variety of genres from jazz to hip-hop with very special guests Mos Def (MC),MF DOOM ...
Mattias Nilsson
Mattias Nilsson is regarded as one of the notable pianists of Northern Europe, appropriately influenced by Sweden's rich cultural heritage. The young pianist, who takes after musicians such as Art Tatum, Erroll Garner...
Tamer Temel Quartet
Born in İstanbul and grew up in İzmir, Tamer Temel received the European Jazz Festival's scholarship and studied at Siena Masterclass Summer Program. He attented a workshop taught by Mart Turner ...
Ece Göksu & Neşet Ruacan Duo
Ece Göksu and Neşet Ruacan will be performing as a duo at the festival this year. They will be at Akbank Sanat on September 27th, playing jazz classics as well as their own compositions ...
Elina Duni Quartet: Matane Malit
Mavi Loves Jazz / Mavi's creative design workshops are back again to add a bit of colour to this year's Akbank Jazz Festival. Having contributed many t-shirt designs to their ever-expanding line "Istanbul T-shirts Collection" since 2004...
David Lynch presents Chrysta Bell
Chrysta Bell began her professional music career in Austin, Texas. Her collaboration with extraordinary director David Lynch in Inland Empire's soundtrack album gave her the opportunity to be recognized...
Natalia Mann Trio
Natalia Mann Trio is a project that builds musical bridges between New Zealand, Greece and Turkey. Well-known harpist Natalia Mann, bassist Dine Doneff, and percussionist Izzet Kizil first played ...
Alp Ersönmez "Cereyanlı" featuring Butterscotch
This year, one of the most extraordinary names that festival presents is Butterscotch. It would not be wrong to call Butterscotch "a one-man orchestra" that combines jazz with beatboxing...
The Real Tuesday Weld
The Real Tuesday Weld is one of the most well known electro swing bands. The band's frontman, Stephen Coates, refers to their cabaret stylings as "Antique Beats". The band succesfully mixes jazz and...
Evrim Demirel Ensemble
Evrim Demirel is considered as one of the most talented representatives of today's jazz and classical music scene. Being both a musician and a composer, Demirel has been very productive for the last ten years...
Cine-Concert Georges Méliès
Georges Méliès is one of the most important pioneers of early cinema. Between 1896 and 1912, he produced, directed and distributed more than 520 films, most of which also featured him as an actor...
Kurt Rosenwinkel Solo
Kurt Rosenwinkel who was discovered by Gary Burton while he was studying at Berklee School of Music has been sharing his music with us for over twenty years. His soft and flowing melodies...
Sophie Hunger
Swiss singer and songwriter Sophie Hunger's success has already gone far beyond the borders of her country. In 2006 she recorded her first album Sketches on Sea and started working with musicians like Erik Truffaz and Stephan Eicher...
Tortured Soul
Tortured Soul created a whole new concept in house music. The group combines club music with house-jazz, funk and soul, and incorporates afro-beats and samba...
Submotion Orchestra
Formed in Leads in 2009,Submotion Orchestra has been referred as one of the most significant and innovative bands emerging from Britain. Drawing upon elements of nu-jazz, ambient and dubstep and ...
WeeD
Şenol Küçükyıldırım's new band called WeeD consists of guitarist Şevket Akıncı and bass guitarist Murat Çopur. Şenol Küçükyıldırım, who previously worked with avant-garde musicians...
CIRCUS, CINEMA and SPAGHETTI – SEX MOB plays Fellini: The Music of Nino Rota
Seven years after their Grammy nominated album Sexotica, Sex Mob returns with their new project Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti Sex Mob Plays Fellini...
İlhan Erşahin's İstanbul Sessions
With İstanbul Sessions project, İlhan Erşahin reflects İstanbul's eclectic spirit in his own style by combining jazz, rock and dance elements. Since 2006, the band performed at a variety of prestigious stages and festivals...
Rova Plus presents: No Favorites! (for Lawrence Butch Morris)
The Festival will be hosting a very special night honoring Butch Morris by performances of Rova Saxophone Quartet and their local and international guest acts.San Francisco based ...
Electro Swing: Tobumusikizm
Electro Swing party, a Babylon Lounge classic, will carry its energy to jazz festival. Tobumusikizm will be reflecting the spirit of 20's and 30's to our modern times with his wide ranged electro-swing archive...
Electro Swing: White Mink
Reinterpreting and re-editing old swing records, White Mink first gained attention when releasing their first compilation Electro Swing vs. Speakeasy Jazz. Playing 20s and 30s greatest swing jazz hits and rarities...
Davulun Sesi
As one of the freshest underground formations, Tektosag Records has been releasing digital albums in dubstep, acid, jungle and ...
The Lost Fingers
The extraordinary Canadian ensemble, The Lost Fingers, reinterprets classic pop songs in a completely different way, using a brand new genre which they call "gypsy-style jazz"...
Chinese Man
Chinese Man, is a French rap collective which was founded in 2005, consists of High Ku, SLY and Zé Mateo. The band, based in Wu Tang Mountain,France likes to impress their audiences on stage by using dub...
Birsen Tezer
In the past twenty five years, Birsen Tezer has amazed us with her music as one of the best singers and songwriters of Turkey. Believing in the universality of music...
Jehan Barbur featuring İlhan Erşahin
Jehan Barbur and İlhan Erşahin are preparing a special performance for the festival. Jehan Barbur has become an important name over the course of six years. She succeeded to create herself...
Hot Jazz Band
The Hot Jazz Band from Europe is inviting you to a musical journey in time with their swing-oriented music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Early jazz, swing and short improvisationsare favored by the group...
Jim Rotondi Quintet
Jim Rotondi has been a major figure in the world of jazz for over twenty years, both in New York and on the international scene. Raised in a family of musicians, Jim's first instrument was the piano...
For Ensemble
For Ensemble was formed by Ebru Dengiz, Esra Kaya , Gizem Altun and Gökçe Göknel on a mutual interest; making jazz. ...
Fötr Blues Band
Fötr Blues Band was formed by Alper Durmuş and Ergin Kandemir in the beginning of 2012. The band achieved great success after playing numerous concerts in jazz and blues clubs. The audience was charmed by their sincere performances....
İstanbul Gençlik Caz Orkestrası
Akbank, a big supporter of jazz music for the past 23 years decided to start a youth orchestra with the coorparation of Bahçeşehir University which is the only instution in Turkey that provides a jazz education...
Sean Nowell and The Kung-Fu Masters
Inspired by old school 70's kung-fu movies, anime, and comic books, Sean Nowell & The Kung-Fu Masters will put on an unforgettable auditory and visual experience with their high energy and blazing effects...
Şenay Lambaoğlu
Şenay Lambaoğlu, born in Kiel, Germany started music by singing in school choir and orchestra. The artist who studied Music and Drama in Pera School of Arts had the chance to work with great artists such as Selçuk Sun, Şenova Ülker...
Ozan Musluoğlu Quartet
Ozan Musluoğlu released his first album Coincidence under the Recbyjazz label in February 2009. On the same year Ozan finished recording his second album which consists of his original compositions...
Helge Lien Trio
Helge Lien has proven himself a courageously brilliant jazz pianist and a composer, is not afraid to explore the borders between different genres. The musician formed the successful band Helge Lien Trio with ...
Testimoni (Martin Fondse & Eric Vloeimans)
Martin Fondse who is continually searching for new and exciting compositions and forms has become one of Holland's most important composers. By combining different styles he establishes a remarkable balance between composition ...
Malia Sings Nina Simone
Malia takes us to a nostalgic journey with Nina Simone's songs. In her latest album Black Orchid, Malia succesfully interpreted Nina Simone's masterpieces like "Four Women", "If You Go Away", "Don't Explain", "Baltimore"...