Pula Jazz Season & Backstage Live

The “Backstage Live” festival brings together eight concerts to the Croatian city of Pula. The festival spans from May until December and takes place at two of the cities most exciting and musical and iconic venues. In May and June the Istrian National Theater (INK) with its excellent acoustics will be used. In July and August the festival ventures outside and to the amazing setting and backdrop of Pula`s 2,000 year old amphitheatre.

The Christian McBride’s Big Band

The six time Grammy winner and world’s finest double bassist “Christian McBride” will open the Jazz festival with the 17 piece “The Christian McBride’s Big Band” on 09.05.18. The American Jazz virtuoso has recorded over 300 albums with leading world musicians of various genres. He has also recorded 14 albums on his own. During the Pula concert “The Christian McBride’s Big Band” will offer a live performance of their last and Grammy winning album “Bringin ‘It”.

James Carter’s Elektrik Outlet

One of the worlds leading saxophonists and with 20 solo albums “James Carter,” will delight the Pula crowd on 26.05.18. Often praised by world Jazz critics the world-renowned multi-instrumentalist has recorded over 50 albums with leading world musicians . At the festival “The new James Carter Outlet” will feature compositions by Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau and Gene Amonsa.

Avishai Cohen

Playing a concert version of his latest album “1970” will be the Israeli bassist, singer, composer and one of the most successful Israeli Jazz musicians “Avishai Cohen”. He will bring his unique and signature sound which is a blend of Middle-Eastern, eastern European and African-American musical idioms to Pula on 28.06.18

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

The Grammy and multi award winning “Elvis Costello” will perform at Pula Arena along with his band “The Imposters” on 08.07.18. “Elvis Costello” who is married to the Canadian Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is ranked in the top 100 Greatest Artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. His first three albums also appeared in the magazines list of the 500 Greatest Albums. With a huge back catalogue to choose from the band will play many of the classic tracks as well as tracks from the new album which is due for release later in the year.

Amira Medunjanin & Trondheim Solistene

In August the Bosnia and Herzegovina singer “Amira Medunjanin” will share the stage with the “Trondheim Soloists”. The musical ensemble of string players from Norway and “Amira Medunjanin” with her incredible voice will perform at Pula arena on 03.08.18

Charles Aznavour

With a career spanning over 70 years and with over 1,200 songs recorded and 180 million sales, the legendary “Charles Aznavour” will grace the Pula coliseum on 16.08.18 .With his  unique tenor voice he has has often been dubbed France’s Frank Sinatra.

Lizz Wright

In September the incredible Blues / Jazz / Folk and Gospel singer Lizz Wright will delight the Pula audience with her angelic voice. With a wide variety of her own music plus renditions of fellow artists this American vocalist is not to be missed on 26.09.18.

Madeleine Peyroux

Often performing in both French and English and playing tracks from her new album “Anthem” (released 31.08.18 ) will be the American vocalist Madeleine Peyroux. She will be bringing her unique and expressive Funk / Blues and Jazz style to Pula on 10.12.18.

Location ~  The Istrian National Theater (INK)

09.05.18 ~ The Christian McBride’s Big Band 

26.05.18 ~ James Carter’s Elektrik Outlet 

28.06.18 ~ Avishai Cohen 

26.09.18 ~ Lizz Wright ~ Tickets 

10.12.18 ~ Madeleine Peyroux 

Location ~ Pula Arena

08.07.18 Elvis Costello & The Imposters 

03.08.18 Amira Medunjanin & Trondheim Solistene  

16.08 18 Charles Aznavour  

Tickets available for all these events at eventim.hr


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Pit Photographer at the concert.

The Chasing The Light Art magazine is looking forward to seeing some great pictures from David Gasson taken from in and around the Pit area of these great Jazz concerts in Pula.