Seoul Jazz Festival 2015

Seoul Jazz Festival 2015

May 23 – 25
Words by Michael Berry

The 9th Seoul Jazz Festival will take place from the 23rd to 25th of May this year at Olympic Park in southeast Seoul. The festival has been a mainstay with regard to the beginnings of the major outdoor concert scene in Seoul and the location has always ensured that as many people as possible can come out and enjoy fine Spring weather outside and catch a veritable “who’s who” in both the current international and Korean jazz realms.

Some magnificent musicians have graced the stage(s) in days past; this year will not only be no exception, but some true “giants of jazz” will be making an appearance this year. The obvious # 1 show will be Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea performing together on Saturday 23rd. This is a major event and should not be missed; both of these men are true virtuosos and are among the few remaining super talents from the “golden age” of late 20th century jazz!

For those of a more modernist bent, there will be performers ranging from Robert Glasper, The Bad Plus, and John Scofield. For the Brazil-o-philes, Sergio Mendes and Bebel Gilberto will be present, and for the electro-fusionist fans Jazzanova and Basement Jaxx are slated to appear.

There will be a plethora of local bands – such as Ju Yoon-ha and the Jazz Painters, Park Ju-won, and the Insop Song Trio; indie faves Kingston Rudieska, Peppertones, Epik High and J Rabbit will be among the acts helping punters get their dance on.

Spring has sprung and jazz can make it even better. See you there!