Festival History

Akbank Jazz Festival, the most perennial jazz festival in Turkey, was launched in 1991 with concerts organized in Istanbul. Not only hosting the prominent jazz figures across the world but also paving the way for emerging and promising next-gen artists, the Festival has now made it into a versatile organization by adopting panels, workshops, film screening sessions, concerts and social responsibility projects.

In time, Akbank Jazz Festival has expanded its musical scope by including various electronic and world music projects, along with classical and modern jazz works. In doing so, it reached an indispensable position as an event not only vis-à-vis jazz-enthusiasts, also for enthusiasts of other genres. The Festival was held in a wide range of venues including Akbank Sanat, Aya Irini Museum, Babylon, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Zorlu Center PSM, where it featured numerous major jazz artists as well as artists from other genres and generations including Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Roberto Fonseca, Terje Rypdal, Miroslav Vitous, Nils Peter Molvear, Anouar Brahem Trio, Abdullah Ibrahim, Aydın Esen, Betty Carter Trio, Dave Holland, John Zorn, Cassandra Wilson, Joachim Kühn, Joe Zawinul, Anthony Braxton, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Egberto Gismonti Trio, Courtney Pine, Pharoah Sanders, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Arto Lindsay, Richard Bona, Max Roach, Nguyen Le, Dino Saluzzi, Jimmy Smith, Ayşe Tütüncü, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Trio 3, Aki Takase, Sam Rivers, Don Cherry, Richard Galliano, Biréli Lagrène, Stephan Micus, Steve Turre, Charles Lloyd New Quartet, Avishai Cohen "Seven Seas", Arild Andersen Trio, Maffy Falay Sextet, Dusko Goykovich Quartet, Paul Motian, The Ray Gelato Giants, Azam Ali & Niyaz, Robert Glasper Experiment, Vijay Iyer Trio, ZAZ, Christian McBride Trio, Jamie Cullum, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, Leszek Możdżer, China Moses, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chet Faker, Enrico Rava and Nicholas Payton.

Presented with assorted changes each year, Akbank Jazz Festival reached various cities of Turkey other than Istanbul, with the launch of Jazz on Campus concerts held since 2006. This series of concerts was organized in various cities including Ankara, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İzmir, Eskişehir, Trabzon, Adana, Erzurum, Kayseri, Kars and many more.

In 2010, Akbank Jazz Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary which was honored by a compilation album, an epitome of its history, and a retrospective documentary and book. In 2011, the 20th edition of Akbank Jazz Festival was awarded the category prize of "Corporate Social Responsibility – Culture and Art" as part of the Golden Compass Awards organized by Turkey Public Relations Association (TÜHİD). Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, the festival compiled a rich collection of contemporary Turkish jazz scene, consisting of 2 CD's. Featuring a limited number of vinyl records released to cherish the quarter-century past, the festival also presents a short selection of the 60's and 70's Turkish jazz panorama in this album.

Akbank Jazz Festival also realized various roaring projects across digital media by gatewaying a whole new dimension for communication with followers through social media. The Festival was granted various awards within the scope of Stevie Awards and Creativity International Awards for its social media projects entitled Akbank Jazz Festival T-shirt Design Competition and Akbank Jazz Radio. Akbank Jazz Festival is a member of European Jazz Network.

27. Akbank Jazz Festival

27. Akbank Jazz Festival

3 November - 19 November 2017

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27. Akbank Jazz Festival Selection

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13 NOV MON
2

21:00

Howe Gelb Piano Trio

Babylon

21:30

Ximo Tebar Quartet

Nardis

14 NOV TUE
6

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Jazz at the Tea Time (Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah)

Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

20:30

TRT Jazz Orchestra & Sibel Köse

Caddebostan Culture Center

21:00

Quincy Jones Presents Alfredo Rodríguez Trio

Babylon

21:30

Ximo Tebar Quartet

Nardis

15 NOV WED
5

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Çağrı Sertel “Instant”

Akbank Sanat

20:30

Emir Ersoy Quartera Feat. Türkü Turan

Caddebostan Culture Center

21:30

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet

Babylon

16 NOV THU
8

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

10:00

Jazz in High School Özel Alman Lisesi

Özel Alman Lisesi

13:00

Jazz in High Schools Avusturya Lisesi

Avusturya Lisesi

18:30

Ahmet Ilgaz History of Jazz

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

20:30

Baki Duyarlar Kemenjazz Group

Caddebostan Culture Center

21:00

Evrencan Gündüz Quintet

Moda Stage

21:30

Ala.ni

Babylon

17 NOV FRI
5

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Ahmet Ilgaz History of Jazz

Akbank Sanat

22:00

Sattas

Moda Stage

22:30

Ephemerals

Babylon

23:59

DJ Nomad (Vulcandance / Africaine 808 / Berlin)

Babylon

18 NOV SAT
11

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Sarkis / Watercolor in Water Workshop (For 6-12 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Jazz with Kids: Once Upon a Jazz

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Swing Jazz Workshop / Jazz Tap Dance Workshop (Kadıköy)

Istanbul Lindy Hoppers' Stüdyo Savoy

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

18:00

Sanat Deliorman & Kaan Bıyıkoğlu Duo

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Çağıl Kaya “şimdilik her şey yolunda”

Akbank Sanat

22:30

Mop Mop Feat. Anthony Joseph

Babylon

23:59

Midnight Sessions: DJ Style-Ist

Babylon

19 NOV SUN
1

10:30

Jazzy Brunch (Tamirane)

Tamirane

20 NOV MON
1

18:00

Jazz on Campus Muğla Sıtkı Koçman Üniversitesi

Muğla Sıtkı Koçman Üniversitesi

21 NOV TUE
4

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:00

Jazz on Campus İzmir Ege Üniversitesi

İzmir Ege Üniversitesi (Prof. Yusuf Vardar MÖTBE Kültür Merkezi)

18:30

Sakine Çil“Ai Weiwei and Ceramic Art”

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

22 NOV WED
4

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:00

Jazz on Campus Eskişehir Anadolu Üniversitesi

Eskişehir Anadolu Üniversitesi

18:30

Prof. Dr. Taner DamcıCorpulence in Art

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

23 NOV THU
5

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:00

Jazz on Campus Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi

Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Ahmet Ilgaz History of Jazz

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

24 NOV FRI
2

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Ahmet Ilgaz History of Jazz

Akbank Sanat

25 NOV SAT
9

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Akbank Children's Theatre / Gorilla

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Toy Sculpture Workshop

Akbank Sanat

13:15

Mozaik Heykel Atölyesi (7-14 yaş)

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

15:15

Printing Workshop for Kids (For 5-8 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

17:00

Family Mosaic Workshop

Akbank Sanat

26 NOV SUN
-
27 NOV MON
-
28 NOV TUE
3

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:00

Jazz on Campus Çukurova Üniversitesi

Çukurova Üniversitesi (Çukurova Üniversitesi Kongre Merkezi)

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

29 NOV WED
3

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:00

Jazz on Campus Mersin Üniversitesi

Mersin Üniversitesi (Uğur Oral Kültür Merkezi)

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

30 NOV THU
5

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:00

Jazz on Campus Kayseri Erciyes Üniversitesi

Kayseri Erciyes Üniversitesi (Sabancı Kültür Sitesi)

18:30

Series on Philosophy: Memory

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Felsefe Seminerleri Dizisi Bellek ve Felsefe

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

01 DEC FRI
2

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

18:00

Jazz on Campus Hacettepe Üniversitesi

Hacettepe Üniversitesi (Kültür Merkezi M Salonu)

02 DEC SAT
1

ExhibitionBlack Noise

Akbank Sanat

03 DEC SUN
-

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