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Enjoy Jazz Festival: Heidelberg / Mannheim / Ludwigshafen, Germany, October 30-November 7, 2012

By Published: November 26, 2012
Festival Wrap-Up

Getting ready to catch a plane to Oslo, for Norwegian singer Sidsel Endresen
Sidsel Endresen
Sidsel Endresen

vocalist
's 60th Birthday bash at Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria, it was unfortunate to have to miss Enjoy Jazz's first symposium on the state of jazz today. Organized by German scholar Dr. Christian Broecking, Lost in Diversity was sure to feature some intriguing lectures and group discussions, with invited participants including musicians including saxophonist Archie Shepp
Archie Shepp
Archie Shepp
b.1937
saxophone
, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and reed multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef
Yusef Lateef
Yusef Lateef
1920 - 2013
reeds
, along with jazz critics like Howard Mandel and Ted Panken. Thelonious Monk Institute president Tom Carter, Jazzinstitute Darmstadt director Wolfram Knauer, University of California's Eric Porter, Copenhagen Jazz Festival's Christian Dalhas and others.



But with a truly exciting two days lined up for Oslo—including a new improvising ensemble led by Endresen, and an evening of music dedicated to Endresen by friends flying in from many locations—it was a one-time event not to be missed. Still, it's always difficult to leave Heidelberg, and this year was no different. After a week of largely outstanding music, great food, terrific care from the Enjoy Jazz staff and the Hollander Hof hotel, the only thing that will be better will be a guaranteed invite to return to Germany in 2013, when Enjoy Jazz turns fifteen.

Photo Credit

All Photos: John Kelman


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