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.

Having supported the development of Turkish jazz for the past 30 years, Akbank Jazz Festival delivered an archival work in order to record and commemorate the current state of Turkish Jazz in 2020 without ever slowing down in this period of global pandemic, in which all dynamics have changed, concerts have been cancelled, and events have been postponed. The festival featured this album of original works that were published for the first time, and prepared by 30 jazz musicians and groups of Turkey by being inspired by their feelings or thoughts about the festival, the city, and current period. Named “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”, the album that stands as an archival work reflecting the Turkish Jazz world, was released as a box set vinyl record and in digital format. The project has a crucial value not only as a special album but also as a documentary depicting and reflecting the spirit of both the past 30 years and the current period thanks to videos displaying record process and interviews with musicians.

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.

32. Akbank Jazz Festival

32. Akbank Jazz Festival

24 September - 9 October 2022

32. Akbank Jazz Festival Selection

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19 SEP MON
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20 SEP TUE
1

16:00

Workshop Embodied Improvisation - Workshop

Akbank Sanat

21 SEP WED
1

16:00

Workshop Space Dance Workshop

Akbank Sanat

22 SEP THU
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23 SEP FRI
-
24 SEP SAT
3

11:00

Workshop Workshop: What Does the City Tell Us?A wild Compositions of Istanbul Orchestra

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Theater Peter Pan and Neverland

Zorlu PSM, Drama Stage

20:45

Concert Alp Ersönmez “Cereyanlı”

Müze Gazhane

25 SEP SUN
1

17:00

Concert Progressive Balkan Wedding Orchestra by Kolektif İstanbul

Müze Gazhane

26 SEP MON
-
27 SEP TUE
1

19:00

Concert Emma Rawicz

Akbank Sanat

28 SEP WED
3

19:00

Concert Dans Dans

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Concert Sedef Erçetin Quartet

Yeldeğirmeni Arts Center

22:00

Concert Burhan Öçal & Istanbul Jazz Ensemble

Dada Salon Kabarett

29 SEP THU
2

19:00

Concert Júlio Resende Quartet

Akbank Sanat

21:30

Concert Wonju Lee Quintet

Nardis Jazz Club

30 SEP FRI
4

18:30

Concert Sercan Debelec Quintet

CoBAC Workspace Terrace Garden

19:00

Concert Eda AND “Istanbulisation”

Akbank Sanat

21:30

Concert Aga B

Babylon

21:30

Concert Dilek Sert Erdoğan “Timeless Classics”

Gregor by The Badau

01 OCT SAT
7

11:00

Workshop Workshop: What Does the City Tell Us?A wild Istanbul’s Rhythms Orchestra

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Theater Peter Pan and Neverland

Zorlu PSM, Drama Stage

15:00

Conversation Talk: Visual and Audio Experiences in the Age of New Media

HOOD Base

17:00

Concert Nihal Saruhanlı feat. Barış Demirel

HOOD Base

18:00

Concert “Maffy’s Jazz”: Maffy Falay Tribute Band

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Concert Rana Bulut & Efe Erdem

Alan Kadıköy

20:30

Concert Çağıl Kaya “Scene of Anxieties”

Alan Kadıköy

02 OCT SUN
5

11:00

Concert Can Tutuğ

YENIKOY PANAYIA KOUMARIOTTISSA GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH COURTYARD

15:00

Theater Peter Pan and Neverland

Zorlu PSM, Drama Stage

15:00

Conversation Listening Club “A song you listen to while strolling through the streets of the city”

POSTANE İSTANBUL

18:00

Concert Kamucan Yalçın Duo

POSTANE İSTANBUL

19:00

Concert Fatih Erkoç Jazz Project

Bizim Tepe, Tepe Majeur

03 OCT MON
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04 OCT TUE
3

19:00

Concert HÜM

Akbank Sanat

21:00

Concert İmer Demirer Quartet feat. Ayşe Gencer & Sibel Köse

The Badau Akasya

21:30

Concert Mehmet Uluğ Gecesi: Volkan Öktem #7

Babylon

05 OCT WED
2

21:30

Concert Ofer Mizrahi Trio

Babylon

22:00

Concert Efe Demiral Trio feat. Eren Turgut & Mert Can Bilgin "Kolaj"

Bova

06 OCT THU
2

20:30

Concert Abdullah Ibrahim (Solo Piyano)

İstanbul Atatürk Kültür Merkezi

21:30

Concert Portico Quartet

Babylon

07 OCT FRI
2

20:30

Concert Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola

Zorlu PSM, Turkcell Platinum Stage

21:30

Concert Tenderlonious

Babylon

08 OCT SAT
5

11:00

Workshop Workshop: What Does the City Tell Us?A wild Istanbul’s Unusual Sounds Orchestra

Istanbul Toy Museum

15:00

Conversation Talk: Voices Time Forgot

DECOLLAGE ART SPACE

20:00

Conversation Stop! Listen!: Jazz in Japan and Jazzu Kissa

OUTRO RECORD STORE

20:30

Concert RAVI COLTRANE Cosmic Music

Zorlu PSM, Turkcell Platinum Stage

21:30

Concert Emma-Jean Thackray

Babylon

09 OCT SUN
2

15:00

Conversation Talk: Women and Music in the Classical Age

Zuhal Müzik Kanyon

20:30

Concert Oded Tzur Quartet

Zorlu PSM, Turkcell Platinum Stage

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