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02
June

Festival guests arriving

One day before beginning of 22nd Klaipeda castle jazz festival, our port city received first guests, who will perform on this year’s festival stage. First who came to Klaipeda: youthful Bulgarians „Funky Miracle” and charismatic jazz pianist Keiko Borjeson.
01
June

Jazz encourages to rise higher

Karolis Janulis

"Jazz encourages to rise above everything", - says in Klaipeda born Karolis Janulis, his impressive Lithuania images recorded from birds view are prized by such media giants as   BBC, „Daily Mail“, „The Telegraph“, „The Guardian“, „People's Daily, China“ and others.
02
June

Special Gift from Jazz Festival

Master class of Keiko Borjeson

22th Klaipeda castle jazz festival, which on Friday will drown our port city into tireless jazz music rhythms, for the young musicians is presenting free of charge master class of Keiko Borjeson, musician from Japan. K. Borjeson master class for young musicians will take place on Thursday  (2nd of June), 14:00, in Klaipeda Eduardas Balsys art gymnasium (Statybininku 2, 204 auditorium).
01
June

MUSIC HEALS

Music therapy seminar (free of charge)

Free of charge Music therapy seminar for Klaipeda people Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival on 3rd of June, from 12 till 14 o’clock is organizing a music therapy seminar “Music heals”, this seminar will be guided by Linas Svirinas, musical pedagogue, and quests of this seminar will be – well known blues performer from USA, Carlos Johnson and Keiko Borjeson one of most original jazz pianists from Japan.
05
June

NEWLUX

Jazz stereotypes breakers

“Newlux“ is not a usual jazz music band.   Music of these charismatic guys from the Russia culture capital San Petersburg sounds perfect at any stage.   Particularly as they are – breakers of established jazz music stereotypes. “Newlux” in their own way and jazz style perform world famous music hits, and they professionally give a new, never heard and cheerful sound, to the well-known music hits. 
04
June

Klaipeda Jazz Race

Offshore Yachts Cup

“Good music for good people, under fluttering of sails” – apparently this  is how waht motto of Klaipeda castle jazz festival should be. Because festival was born and grew up by the sea. Continuing the friendship between festival and Lithuanian sailing union, on the first weekend of June in Klaipeda will start with regatta “Offshore yacht cup  - Klaipeda jazz Race“, strongest Lithuanian cruising yachts will participate at the race.
03
June

CARLOS JOHNSON BLUES BAND

A tribute to the blues brothers

Carlos Johnson – is an American blues artist and guitarist, he comes to Lithuanian port city with its exclusive group of musicians. Interesting fact is that Carlos is left-handed, but he play with the guitar for the right-handed people, only turned it on the other side.  
02
June

Jazz exhibition

It’s more that tradition

Perhaps not accidentally as the first accord, announcing the start of Klaipeda castle jazz festival, become a “Jazz exhibition“ organised in Baroti gallery. It is more than a beautiful tradition, because today festival – is not inseparable part of Klaipeda culture life. Festival unite for common "jazz" creations not only musicians, but also members of other fields of art. 
04
June

ELECTRO DELUXE BIG BAND

Wolves in lamb's clothing

They are desirable guests in all popular music festivals in the world and also they are the TOP ten kings at France jazz music radio stations.   In 15 years “Electro Deluxe Big Band“  from the pioneers of electro-jazz  music style became a high class and unique energetic   cocktail of soul and funk music, they with one rhythm makes to move a largest and biggest crowds.    
03
June

VILIJA MATACIUNAITE AND KAUNAS BIG BAND

“To remember Natalie Cole“

Charismatic Vilija Mataciunaite is a winner of many festivals and contests, in 2013 she was elected as Golden voice of Lithuania and in 2014 she presented Lithuania at Eurovision Song contest. Vilija is more known as pop or rock music style performer, but already in 2011 she finished jazz vocal studies in Vilnius College and these days she devotes more attention exactly to jazz music.  
05
June

KLAIPEDA JAZZ DANCER

CHILDREN’S OPTIMIST YACHT REGATTA

Festival dressed up with flattering of yacht sales important tribute will give also to young Klaipeda sailers. Sunday afternoon in Dane river between Pilies and Birzos bridges, in  "Klaipeda Jazz Dancer" regatta will battle about twenty "Optimist" class yachts. Beginner sailers will try to catch the wind.   GOOD WIND! 
04
June

KEIKO BORJESON

Antidote to the bad news

Keiko Borjeson – probably will be the most charismatic guest performing at 22nd Klaipeda castle jazz festival, which will take place on the first weekend of summer.   She is one of the most original pianist and master of improvisation, she played even in White House.
03
June

FUNKY MIRACLE

Young musical magicians

“We can bravely call “Funky Miracle” the young musical magicians. They masterly combine a whole range of different styles of music, such as: jazz, funk, blues, fusion, acid and pop. In this way they create original, distinctive rhythm which forces everybody to move”, - says Inga Grubliauskiene, organizer of Klaipeda castle jazz festival.
02
May

WIND ORCHESTRA OF S. SIMKUS CONSERVATORY

Countries Vice-Champion

Klaipeda S.Simkus conservatory today can be proud that they are the first in Lithuania, who started professional prepare wind instrument specialists.
02
May

STOP JAZZ

Young talents of Klaipeda

STOP JAZZ band with it constantly renewable consist already exists 10 years. This group of talented and ambitious musicians already became prizewinners of many contests. As they say: “These achievements even more encourage giving all our heart to jazz music and improvisation”.      
05
June

Stefan Gwildis and Tobias Neumann

Romantical Germans

Traditionally festival will invite not only to romp with sounds of most famous jazz rhythms, but also to plunge into romantic swirl. This year such task was entrusted to Stefan Gwildis
03
June

Shakatak

British Legends

After a number of successful top-twenty singles in the UK, the band went on to score unprecedented international success with the release of the classic ‘Nightbirds” recording and the title track has now become a standard in the popular music repertoire.  This success was repeated with the top-ten hit “Down on the Street and the award-winning video established the band’s personnel of Jill Saward(lead vocs), Bill Sharpe(keys),Keith Winter(gtr),  George Anderson(bass) and Roger Odell(drums). With the magic Al Jarreau/Shakatak combination,the group went on to record the track ‘Day by Day’ to further international acclaim.
04
June

JOJO MAYER - BUDDY RICH TRIBUTE

The return of drum storm

„King of experiments“, „Stormy drummer“ or „God of drums“ – it is only a few epithets were said by viewers and music critics about  world famous drummer Jojo Mayer . Yes, he returns to our port city one more time, and together with Klaipeda jazz orchestra who brings together best musicians of western Lithuania will rock the stage of Klaipeda castle jazz festival.
04
June

APPLE TEA

Belarus jazz “business“ card

"Apple Tea" – it is a jazz “business“ card of Belarus, one of the most famous jazz bands in our neighbor country, and they are alive more than twenty years. Their played music is not only for jazz fans. Bright, loud and jolly “Apple tea“ band   members will like everyone who love good quality music“ – says Inga Grubliauskiene, organizer of Klaipeda castle jazz festival.
30
April

International JAZZ Day in Klaipeda

Musical feast in the city

At 30th April, when all world will celebrate International jazz day, traditionally Klaipeda also will be full with sound of jazz music. This year jazz day in the port city will be more uproarious and memorable as last years.    Jazz music will sound in almost ten bars or restaurants in the city. Special for this International jazz day and as the main „desert“ of this day, will be the revival and only one performance of legendary port jazz group „Doudi Jazz Band“,    they will give only one performance in the lobby of Klaipeda state musical theatre.
20
April

„Jazz star“ award

For the honoured jazz promoters

Organizers of Klaipeda castle jazz festival starts a new tradition – every year from now "Jazz star"  award  will be handed for the most honored jazz promoters in our port city. This year the first "Jazz star"award will be handed on 30th of April in Klaipeda state music theatre, during the celebration of International jazz day.
30
April

“Doudi Jazz Band“

Exclusive performance for International JAZZDAY

“Doudi Jazz Band“ – is one of most popular and most significant classic jazz band in Lithuania, which brought together experienced, vivid and    original    jazz musicians from our country. This band also differ with its deep sense for performed jazz styles, precise and professional interpretation, artistry. Band members: Vytautas Grubliauskas Kongas (vocal, trumpet), Algis Kilis (saxophone), Edmundas Federavicius (drums), Arnoldas Jankunas (keyboard)
08
November

Forging Klaipeda Jazz Festival

Documentary Film

In the beginning of every summer our port city is drowned in jazz music rhythm with Klaipeda caste jazz festival. Everybody knows that this year it was 20th jazz festival, says festival leader Inga Grubliauskiene, and because of that it was decided to put most memorable moments acquired in two decades of festival existence into a film.