Dingo’s Editor and highly regarded artist, Adam Simmons, has been an active member of the World Jazz Network since 2016. The magazine is actively supporting Australian jazz through a high quality bi-annual magazine, video productions and concert presentations.
Dingo’s vision is to support and promote the activities of the Australian jazz community at all levels, from our renowned artists in international concert halls, to those starting out in their first jam-sessions, and everyone in between. Dingo’s aim is to create a platform that allows the whole-of-ecosystem to be able to connect and share information.
Ask any French jazz lover what happens in the first 2 weeks of July and the answer will likely be: Jazz a Vienne! Since its creation in 1981, the festival has celebrated jazz in all its forms, shapes and sizes, featuring exciting new names as well as some of the most established artists on the global scene.
Welcoming 200,000 jazz lovers and 1,000 artists annually, it’s safe to say that Jazz a Vienne is an institution. Renowned French newspaper Le Monde lauded the festival for its ‘abundant and brilliant programming’ and, frankly, it’s impossible to disagree. It is with pride that we welcome such an iconic festival among our WJN peers.
Putting the World in World Music, that’s what BabelSound does. Over the course of more than ten years, the organization has presented hundreds of concerts featuring artists from all over the world and invited them to represent their countries, continuously challenging norms and expanding the cultural horizons of their audiences.
Lauded as a ‘big family gathering’ rather than a traditional festival, BabelSound encourages its performers to truly experience their events. Their stay takes days, sometimes throughout an entire festival, sometimes in the form of a residency, sometimes voluntary before and/or after their performance. That means that no musician comes into Hungary for a show and hits the road right after; instead, they meet their peers, build cultural and personal bridges and lasting relationships, and then continue their journeys until we meet again.
Nurturing and promoting the rich cultural heritage of India, Banyan Tree Events presents the finest of the Indian world/jazz scene each year at a wide range of events including Brahmaputra Raga Jazz and World Jazz Festival in Bandra, India.
Directors Mahesh Babu and Nandini Mahesh are both musicians as well, providing them with a unique understanding of musicians’ needs, wants and opportunities. They work together with artists to not only provide them and their audiences with the best possible musical experience but also to embrace their creativity in all its capacities.
Luxembourg has a jazz capital, and it’s name is Dudelange. Since 2012, the CCRD Opderschmelz has worked hard to create a powerful generator of jazz energy, vision, and atmosphere through the Like A Jazz Machine Festival, offering a stimulating platform for artists, audiences, and professionals alike.
The festival, much like other WJN partners, offers a journey into the world of contemporary jazz, focusing on new creations, emerging talents, and adventurous crossovers.
The Grand Auditorium of the Regional Cultural Center of Dudelange offers a backdrop to traditions, new trends, and a celebration of jazz in all its forms. For that, it forges new collaborations, such as the jazzXchange in 2022 uniting musicians from Luxembourg, Lithuania, and Serbia under the direction of maestro Bojan Z, and of course, the festival’s brand new World Jazz Network membership.
Szczecin Jazz is an international festival and a year-long music project promoting jazz music. It was established in 2016 on the initiative of Sylwester Ostrowski – jazz saxophonist and artistic director of the festival, and the Szczecin Artistic Agency, its producer.
The festival is guided by the idea of Jazz comes to you! – going out with jazz to a wide audience by creating varied forms of communication. Easy access to events, affordable ticket prices and a diverse offer are important assumptions of Szczecin Jazz. The concerts of world-class stars are accompanied by educational and publishing activities, musical performances in unusual places and unconventional promotional activities.
Igor Butman Music Group (IBMG), Russia
Russia’s biggest organizer of jazz events, led by saxophonist, band leader and producer Igor Butman, has been on the scene since the 90s and currently runs Jazz Across Borders, Russia’s largest jazz conference as well as no less than nine festivals and two clubs; one in Moscow and one in Saint Petersburg.
Butman himself is no stranger to the stage, either, having toured the world for decades and collaborating with the likes of Michael and Randy Brecker, Bill Evans and Peter Bernstein since the start of his career in 1981, when the Soviet Youth Magazine named him Discovery of the Year. At that point, Butman was 20 years old, but had already been playing the clarinet for a decade(!).
Through his label Butman Records, he has launched the careers of Russian talents such as LRK Trio, who played Amersfoort Jazz in 2017 and were the first-ever Russian act to play JazzAhead! conference in 2021.
IKS Consulting, South Africa
IKS stands for Indiginous Knowledge Systems. WJN partner IKS believes, like ourselves, in international collaboration to promote solidarity. Engaging in numerous projects to promote (South) African music, their efforts range from bookings and management for musicians across the diaspora to crafting (inter)national partnerships to support artist mobility.
JAZZ I AM is Spain’s primary international jazz meeting, focused on boosting partnerships among music professionals and musicians by hosting conferences, workshops and showcases by top notch national jazz talent.
The conference welcomes all professionals in the music sector who are interested in discovering Barcelona’s jazz scene. Its main goal is to encourage artists, agencies, venues, sponsors, private institutions and, of course, its audience to build international collaborations.
Taller de Musics, JAZZ I AM’s instigator and producer, was founded in 1979 and has grown out to be Barcelona’s prime music school for all ages and levels. Embracing jazz and flamenco as its main musical languages, its stylistic views are wide and its natural tendency towards absolute artistic freedom allows its students to expand their horizons in all senses of the word.
Huahin Jazz, Thailand
The Hua Hin Jazz Festival is an entity of its own among the current Thailand based jazz festivals. In the Kingdom of Thailand’s Jazz scene, the Hua Hin Jazz Festival is probably the most established festival, attracting more than 15,000 locals and travelers to the city each year.
Its first edition was organized by Dirk de Cuyper, the General Manager of the Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa in 2000, who took the lead with other hoteliers to organize the Jazz Festival on the beach of Hua Hin with the aim to attract more travelers to Hua Hin. Since then, it has grown into an internationally renowned event, showcasing the finest in Thai and international jazz. Since 2017, renowned saxophonist and organizer Mr. Koh Saxman is the festival’s artistic director.
To the average jazz lover, the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Club in London, UK requires no further introduction. Established in 1959, this club has presented not only some of the world’s legends such as Zoot Sims, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery and Ben Webster but also today’s icons such as Wynton Marsalis and Kenny Garrett.
The club has welcomed WJN partner Igor Butman before, too, as well as Dutch laureate Sun Mi Hong Quintet.
When you talk about Jazz at Lincoln Center, arguably every jazz lover across the globe will know what you’re talking about. The organization seeks to promote jazz and its power to uplift, inspire, and create a sense of community; values that WJN continues to embrace.
Throughout covid times, JALC featured an elaborate online program as well as free outdoor summer concert series. Their website served as a portal where viewers could enjoy free and premium virtual concerts, educational programs, and discussions. That way, JALC managed to still serve, and even grow, its community in the face of adversity.