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Jazz & more at the 26th schauinsland-reisen Jazz Rally Düsseldorf

You stroll from concert to concert and enjoy the unique atmosphere in the "swinging city": Fans of jazz, funk, soul and fusion will flock back to Düsseldorf from 17 to 20 May. You stroll from concert to concert and enjoy the unique atmosphere in the "Swinging city": Fans of jazz, funk, soul and fusion will flock back to Düsseldorf from 17 to 20 May. Then, on the four days of the event during Whitsun, the 26th schauinsland-reisen Jazz Rally will once again bring musicians of the most diverse styles from all over the world to the city: To a total of 75 concerts on around 30 stages! The organiser is Destination Düsseldorf, an association of 150 companies from the city and the region.

Music lovers can look forward to top artists: Jazz legend Klaus Doldinger will be there with his band Passport and his special guest Jocelyn B. Smith just as well as the Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer. With her unmistakable groove, she will rock the big concert tent at Burgplatz just like The Supremes, who are still considered to be one of the most successful girl bands in the world today. At Rheinterrasse, jazz award winner Pe Werner shines as a versatile interpreter, carried by the opulent sound of the Bundeswehr big band. Further "safe bets" are the performances of the three winners of the Sparda Jazz Award on Marktplatz ("Market Square"), the popular Jam Session at Breidenbacher Hof or the new open air stage at Schadow Arkaden on Martin-Luther-Platz. Also present are such versatile artists as the Frank Chastenier Trio, Susan Weinert and The Phunkguerilla featuring Cosmo Klein. Three of the best German trumpet players will also perform in Düsseldorf: Rainer Winterschladen (with Nighthawks), Rüdiger Baldauf and Thomas Siffling. This versatile programme was again put together by the artistic advisory board, consisting of Dieter Falk, Nils Gropp and Reiner Witzel.

After celebrating its 25th anniversary last year, the Jazz Rally is also facing two anniversaries this year: schauinslandreisen, one of Germany's largest air travel providers and the festival's namesake since 2016, can look back on a 100-year tradition in 2018. In order to celebrate the round birthday in style, for the first time there will be a big after-show party with the band DECOY in the Henkelsaal on Rally Sunday. Another - completely different - 100th anniversary will also be commemorated: Poland, which has been closely associated with the festival for many years through the city friendship between Düsseldorf and Warsaw, celebrates the successful regaining of its independence in 1918. For this occasion, André Kuper, President of the Landtag, opens the Landtag for the first time on two days for top-class performances, including the concert by Thomasz Stańko & Kroke. The Polish trumpet player is one of the most outstanding European jazz musicians. In addition, the Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala, a "natural phenomenon on the keyboard" according to Jazzthing magazine, will provide an extraordinary concert together with the young saxophonist Marius Neset.

Country partners have stood for the internationality of the festival for years now. Thus, the sunny island of Cyprus will present itself with the jazz quintet Mood Indigo at two concerts and with a stand on Burgplatz. Switzerland is partner of the event for the first time and presents itself with its touristic highlights at the town hall ("Rathaus") with an impressive wooden chalet.

The venues are as multifaceted as the bands themselves. Here, each of the expected 300,000 fans will find "his or her" music - whether in the concert tent on Burgplatz, in a trendy club, on the open-air stage on Marktplatz or in the state parliament ("Landtag"). Theoretically, the weekend button offers almost 7,000 minutes of high-quality live music for only € 35 (in advance) - a unique price!The day tickets make the visit even more flexible. You can find further information at www.duesseldorfer-jazzrally.de; buttons by calling the hotline 0211-274000, at www.westticket.de or at all known westticket advance booking offices.

 (Fotocredit: Destination Düsseldorf)

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