Preview: jazzahead! 2018

jazzahead! (sic), the European jazz world's annual meetup in Bremen, has announced the 40 acts who will perform on stage at this year's event.

Over 600 acts from 49 different countries applied to perform at the 2018 jazzahead! international jazz trade fair and the organisers have selected the 40 applicants who will be invited to play at this the 13th jazzahead! meeting.

This year, jazzahead! runs from 19-22 April at the Messe Bremen in Germany and the chosen acts, including three acts from Britain - Beats & Pieces Big Band (pictured right by Emile Holba), Emilia Martensson and Philip Clemo's Dream Maps - will be part of a series of special nights.

Poland is this year's partner country and the event's first night will be Polish Night, featuring eight contemporary jazz acts from the country including the Marcin Wasilewski Trio. Day two is the European Jazz Meeting, the most competitive day of the fair which attracted 335 applicants. The Beats & Pieces Big Band, Martensson and Clemo will all be playing on this day, along with acts from Iceland, Belgium, Finland and Switzerland. Eight German acts play on day three, the German Jazz Expo, including the Shinya Fukumori Trio led by Munich-based Japanese musician Fukumori.

The fair's final day closes with Overseas Night, featuring eight bands from five non-European countries. Jazzmeia Horn (pictured left by Jacob Blickenstaff) will be on the bill as will her fellow American Justin Kauflin and the Gregory Privat Trio from Martinique. Mn'JAM experiment, from Australia, travel the furthest distance to take part in this year's fair.

jazzahead! is a trade fair for industry professionals, but visitors can buy tickets for the concerts. For more details and ticket purchases please go to the jazzahead! website.

Bruce Lindsay

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