Tom Jones, The Roots, Lady Linn & Her Magnificent Big Band are now confirmed for GENT JAZZ FESTIVAL!

Gent Jazz Festival presents its official campaign poster, designed by visual artist Adelheid De Witte, and releases new names! There will be a Special Night with Sir Tom Jones, preceded by Lady Linn & Her Magnificent Big Band on Tuesday. On Sunday 8 July, the hip-hop legends of The Roots will conclude the festival’s last day. The 17th edition of Gent Jazz Festival takes place from 29 June to 8 July and previously announced Paolo Conte, Kandace Springs, Pharoah Sanders, Vijay Iyer and Melanie De Biasio among others. Tickets are available on or via Fnac.

Gent Jazz Festival goes for greatness
Sir Tom Jones. Knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006 and going strong as a live performer for five decades already. The person whose hips don’t automatically start swaying at the sound of “It’s Not Unusual”, “Delilah”, “She’s A Lady”, “What’s New Pussycat” or “Sexbomb”, must have been living under a rock. At Gent Jazz Festival, Jones will both perform his classics and songs from his more recent albums “Long Lost Suitcase” and “Spirit In The Room”, which garnered him some of the best reviews of his career. To fully guarantee an excellent atmosphere that day, Lien De Greef aka Lady Linn & Her Magnificent Big Band will take over the stage. Her usual Magnificent Seven band went for an upgrade in order to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary. This summer, it won’t be contradictory to dance to “I Don’t Wanna Dance”.

If Gent Jazz Festival drops another name tonight
… it’s gonna be The Roots! The legendary hip-hop band founded by Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter and Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson from Philadelphia in 1987, was called one of the 20 best live acts of the world by Rolling Stone Magazine. Thanks to their monster hit “The Seed” and the phenomenal collaboration with Erykah Badu on “You Got Me”, they definitely earned their place in the hip-hop hall of fame. Moreover, the strong instrumental game of TV-host Jimmy Fallon’s house band allows them to be as much jazz as they can be hip-hop.

Art on and off the stage: collaboration with Adelheid De Witte
A xylophone as a canvas for a summer landscape painted with fluid brush strokes. Two brightly coloured mallets linking sound to silence, seducing you to improvisation. Thanks to Passage (2018), the work visual artist Adelheid De Witte ( made specially for Gent Jazz Festival and which features on the poster, various art forms merge and create unpredictable melodies and rhythms. An artwork that fits perfectly within the inclusive philosophy of Gent Jazz Festival: to transfer the love of live music and jazz experiences, beyond borders and generations.

More names coming soon!

Practical information
Gent Jazz Festival 29/06-08/07/2018, Bijloke site, Ghent, Belgium
New names:
Tuesday 3 July 2018
Tom Jones, Lady Linn & Her Magnificent Bigband, more names TBC
Sunday 8 July 2018
The Roots, more names TBC
Have already been announced: [1 July] Melanie De Biasio; [6 July] Paolo Conte, Kandace Springs, Jef Neve ‘Spirit Control’, Igor Gehenot’s DELTA, Isolde XL; [7 July] Pharoah Sanders Quartet with special guest Nicholas Payton, Vijay Iyer Sextet, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, Dan Weiss Starebaby: Metal Jazz, Ambrose Akinmusire

Tickets available on or via Fnac
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