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Düsseldorf becomes "Swinging city"

Are you familiar with this? You hear a cool song on the radio, and you can even sing it along. But who was the singer again? If you feel that this is the case with songs like "I Need a Dollar", "Brooklyn in the Summer" or "Now That We found Love", you will know at Whitsun at the latest which artists are behind them. Because this is when soul singer Aloe Blacc and legendary reggae ambassadors Third World will come to Düsseldorf  to perform their hits live for the 27th schauinsland-reisen Jazz Rally. From 06 to 09 June, the festival will bring various styles of jazz, but also funk, soul and reggae to the city. A total of around 70 concerts on 30 stages await the Jazz Rally fan.

The venues are as multifaceted as the music itself. Here, each of the expected 300,000 music fans will find "his or her" music - whether in the concert tent at Burgplatz, in the Johanneskirche (Johannes Church) or a trendy club, on the open-air stage on Marktplatz (Market Square), at the Landtag (State Parliament) or, for the first time, in the Düsseldorf Rathaus (City Hall). The organiser is Destination Düsseldorf, an association of around 160 companies from the region, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Music lovers can look forward to top artists: In addition to Aloe Blacc and Third World, Nik West will also rock the concert tent on Burgplatz: "The female Lenny Kravitz" already played bass for Prince and stands for funky groove. The Martin Sasse Trio with Harry Allen, one of the hottest swing saxophonists, can be seen in Hotel Nikko; the Cuban jazz pianist Marialy Pacheco in the Landtag (State Parliament); and the duo MF Robots, consisting of the Brand New Heavies founder Jan Kincaid and the Heavies singer Dawn Joseph, in the concert tent on Burgplatz. Further tips are the performances of the prize winners of the Sparda Jazz Award on Marktplatz (Market Square) and the traditional jam session at Breidenbacher Hof.

But as always, the rally fan can put together his or her own musical tour and, with the festival ticket, choose from around 70 concerts at the Whitsun weekend. And what was that again: Who sings "Brooklyn in the Summer"?

The complete programme overview is available at: www.duesseldorfer-jazzrally.de.

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