Discover the first names of the line up of GENT JAZZ 2021

Gent Jazz
‘Back to Live’
July 8 – 18

The first names to play the 20th Gent Jazz festival:
STUFF., Jef Neve and Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola

The first couple of months of this year were rather, well, eventful. But as soon as we got word that festivals would, after all, be able to take place in July, we started working on an ambitious line-up for the 20th edition of Gent Jazz! Admittedly, we’ll still have to take a limited capacity into account for that anniversary edition, but musically, Gent Jazz will know no limits this summer. In fact, for the first time in a long while, international musicians will descend on the Bijloke site.

Though let’s face it: Belgian favourites STUFF. (17/7) and Jef Neve (13/7) are top of the bill. The former has just released its third album T(h)reats, a record that not only got rave reviews in Belgium. Last week, Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant gave it four stars and wrote that “STUFF. always amazes you with its enormous musicality.”

But the latter also made itself heard several times in recent months. Because if there is one musician who has guided his people through the various lockdowns with live streams full of warm sounds, then it must be Jef Neve. It goes without saying though that the pianist is also eagerly awaiting the real thing. He’ll grace the festival this summer with his recent album Mysterium – described by Belgian newspaper De Standaard as “his best to date.”

The Cuban duo Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola (12/7) will demonstrate why Jazzwise recently wrote that their album Viento y tiempo “could hardly have celebrated their country’s musical past and present with more inventive passion.” Rubalcaba, by the way, was discovered in the 1980s by Dizzy Gillespie, who immediately recognized the piano virtuoso in him, and Nuviola was crowned one of the biggest talents at North Sea Jazz in 2017.

“We are relieved, proud, and happy to be able to organize an exciting anniversary edition of Gent Jazz this summer after all,” says festival director Bertrand Flamang. “With lots of local talent – the oxygen of the Belgian jazz scene – but also a bunch of international artists. The cherries on the cake, so to speak.”

Tickets cost €39 – €44 and are only available via www.gentjazz.com. Children’s tickets (-12 years) cost €8. Because there is still no certainty about the coronation measures in July, tickets are only sold per tables of two or four people – for now. Gent Jazz takes place, as always, at the Bijloke, Ghent.