25th Akbank Jazz Festival


I strongly believe that each city has its own music.

Sounds arising from daily activities, noises of people commenting and arguing.. All merge with the sea breeze of Bosphorus in Istanbul. And now another tune will diffuse in the city from 21 October to 1 November.

Already considered a tradition, 25th Akbank Jazz Festival will enable us to enjoy outstanding varieties of jazz in beautiful venues.

The line-up includes revolutionary names alongside with proverbial ones.

Below, you may find my must-go recommendations:

Squarepusher – A splendid project of Tom Jenkinson, one of the ground-breaker electronic music composers and also a bass guitarist, where jazz is melanging with drum’n’bass, acid house and electroacoustic music. (Listen: Stor Eiglass)

Ester Rada – Gorgeous lady with an inspiring vocal who will perform in Istanbul for the very first time. The tune of her music is a blend of Ethic-jazz, Nu-Soul, Funk. (Listen: Life Happens)

Sinkane – An exotic combination of funk rock, free jazz and Sudanese pop. (Listen: How We Be)

Get The Blessing – Besides their prominent music blending rock, jazz and punk, the jazz rock quartet based in Bristol also makes a sensation through their uniform dressing and the orange cellophane they use to cover their faces on record covers and videos. You may recognise two of the band members from Portishead, if you can see their faces while performing on the stage. (Listen: OC DC)

David Sanborn – Jazz legend and alto saxophonist since ’70s, David Sanborn, won 6 Grammy Awards. Having also participated in the recordings of David Bowie, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon in the past, he definitely should be on your radar during the festival. (Listen: This Masquerade)

Manu Katché – Considered as one of the world’s leading drummers, he combines the African rhythms arising from his Ivorian origin with jazz. (Listen: Song For Her)

John Scofield & Joe Lovano – The worldwide recognised guitarist and composer John Scofield (known as Sco) and Grammy Award-winning  saxophonist Joe Lovano – reunited after 20 years – promise you an outstanding music performance. Leaving Berklee College of Music to record with Chet Baker and then playing with Miles Davis, Scofield, is definitely one of the leading figures in contemporary jazz. (Listen: Camelus).

David Murray – Already visited Turkey in 1990, Grammy Award-winning American jazz musician David Murray, will be on stage with “Mehmet Uluğ Tribute”. (Listen: Be My Monster Love)

Enjoy the festival.

Photo credit: Akbank Sanat