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26th edition Dolomiti Ski Jazz

Wednesday 14 february 2024

From March 8 to 17, don't miss a major event in the Fassa, Fiemme and Cembra Valleys, with concerts on the slopes and in village squares

26th edition Dolomiti Ski Jazz

Pg - Ph. Gaia Panozzo

Seventy-seven musicians, twenty-four concerts and twenty-two locations. These are the numbers of the 26th Dolomiti Ski Jazz, the festival that, from March 8 to 17, brings great rhythm to the Fassa, Fiemme and Cembra Valleys. And it does so with leading artists such as John Scofield who, with his quartet, brings to the stage "Yankee Go Home", a true concentration of international hits. Alongside Scofield, the rich program of the festival includes Roberto Gatto Quintet, Aaron Goldberg Trio, Viva De Andrè, Roaring Cats, just to name a few jazz aces performing in the Dolomite valleys.

Over time, Dolomiti Ski Jazz has grown so much that it represents one of the most important musical events not only in Trentino, but in the entire national scene.

The festival's program, under the artistic direction of Enrico Tommasini, is captivating and runs from the valley floor to the panoramic terraces of several ski huts on the ski slopes. The concerts are dedicated to skiers, snowboarders and fans of the snow-covered Dolomites, which become scenic backdrops of natural theaters, but which invite, in the evening, to discover the characteristic village squares, which host Street Parades, pubs and theaters that welcome performances by top names in jazz.

Runway. Here come the concerts

Dolomites, skiing and music come together in the refuges of Fassa and Fiemme during Dolomiti Ski Jazz. At lunchtime (12 p.m. or 2 p.m.), the terraces of some of the most beautiful alpine garrisons in these valleys host many of the festival concerts, inviting an authentic slalom from one place to another: what could be better than taking a tasty break between the notes? Therefore, the appointments in the refuges-all free-of-charge-which, in many cases, are reachable, by ski lifts, even by non-skiers, should be immediately marked in the agenda.

They begin, celebrating women, on March 8 at Ciampac (Alba di Canazei) with the elegant yet energetic Marco Castelli New Organ Trio, and continue on March 9 at Chalet 44 in Alpe Lusia (Bellamonte) with the eight amazing musicians of the Dutch group Roaring Cat's.

On March 10 we immerse ourselves in the splendor of the Fuciade basin (Passo San Pellegrino) where, right at Rifugio Fuciade, the Francesca Bertazzo Hart Quintet performs: the pairing of Francesca Bertazzo, formidable jazz guitarist and singer, and Fiorenzo Zeni, saxophone virtuoso, is truly a winner. On March 12 it's the turn, at the Dolomites Geyser (Sèn Jan di Fassa - Pozza), of Saint Germain Swing Quartet playing acoustic jazz born in the slums of Harlem. Sugarpie & The Candymen, with their passion for swing, blues and soul, perform both March 13 at Baita Tonda (Alpe Cermis) and March 14 at Ciampedie (Sèn Jan di Fassa -Vigo). Double concerts also for Irene Serra & Luca Boscagin, jazz singer and guitarist respectively for many years in London, who are at Chalet Caserina (Pampeago) on March 15 and at Baita Rodella 2222 (Col Rodella) on March 16. Finally, concluding the high-altitude festival on March 17 at Rifugio Zischgalm (Pampeago) is Evi Mair Quintet, whose concert entitled "Good Old Songs" presents a selection of R&B covers.

Dolomiti Ski Jazz - Pg - Ph. Gaia Panozzo
Pg - Ph. Gaia Panozzo

Everyone in the theater

If the performances on the ski slopes alternate between genres and rhythms that are very engaging, the spotlight in theaters points straight to jazz. Here come on stage artists of great appeal, so it is good to secure a front-row seat. The star of the first concert, on the evening of March 8 at the Cembra Municipal Theater, is Roaring Cats, a small orchestra, based in Amsterdam, that brings to the stage notes and atmospheres of the 1930s and 1940s. On March 9 at the Predazzo Municipal Theater, Roberto Gatto Quintet presents instead a show dedicated to jazz star Tony Williams. On March 12 at the Centro Polifunzionale in Castello di Fiemme not to be missed is Aaron Goldberg Trio: Goldeberg, originally from Boston, is one of the world's most highly regarded pianists, with a natural bent for the classics and a great sense of swing. On March 14 at the Palafiemme in Cavalese is Viva De Andrè: a tribute by Luigi Viva, narrator of the show and official biographer of the beloved Genoese artist, who, together with a brilliant group led by guitarist Lugi Masciari, performs some of De Andrè's most celebrated pieces. Finally, on March 16 at the Navalge Theater in Moena, the climax is reached with the John Scofield Quartet, which charms the audience with "Yankee Go Home," a collection of American rock, folk and jazz hits. In this project, Scofield combines the rock'n'roll roots of his teenage days with his stellar 50-year career in jazz. Playing with him are Jon Cowherd (piano), Vicente Archer (bass) and Josh Dion (drums).

Tickets for the theater performances are available for purchase here.

You can also choose a subscription for all five concerts for only € 65.00.

Ode to Music with Street Parade and Jam Session

Under the banner of music, between improvisation and fun, are the festival's Street Parades and Jam Sessions. The first Street Parade with Revensch, the cheerful band led by saxophonist Helga Plankensteiner, crosses Cavalese's central Via Bronzetti on March 9 at 5:30 p.m., while the second, on March 12 at 5 p.m., brings music and lightheartedness to the streets of Tesero thanks to the roguish ensemble Banda Storta. With the Jam Sessions, on the other hand, appointment at 9 p.m. on March 10, 13 and 15, at Club La Grenz in Moena (free admission), a meeting point for the artists of the festival who here have the opportunity to play together, in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere.

Dolomiti Ski Jazz
Pg - Ph. Gaia Panozzo

Matinee and Après Ski to the rhythm of jazz

Other interesting events include those in the late morning, a new addition to the festival, and at Après Ski time, to get the evening off to a good start. On March 10, at 11 a.m., the Ebnerrast Larch Grove in Anterivo hosts Jazz Matinee & Frühschoppen: the South Tyrolean tradition of getting together on Sunday mornings for a hearty aperitif, in this case, is enriched by the music of Revensch. Also on March 10, at 5 p.m. at the 4U For You Bistrot in Pera di Fassa, James Thompson Band performs, a friend of the festival who captivates audiences each year with his talent and that of the musicians who flank him. On March 11, at 3 p.m. at Bar Internazionale, downtown Canazei comes alive with Fat Honey, an Italian music collective led by rapper and saxophonist Lorenzo Sighel. On March 13, Saint Germain Swing Quartet offers the extraordinary music of 1950s Paris, from Ellington to Django Reinhardt, brightening up the afternoon, from 5:30 p.m., at the Rampeèr Brewery in Campitello di Fassa.

Finally, in the unusual location of the Ladino di Fassa Museum in Vigo, on March 18 at 6 p.m., Manuel Randi & Alex Trebo, with their sounds ranging from jazz, bossa nova, Italian swing and contemplative-cinematic pieces, close the afternoon events.

Dolomiti Ski Jazz 2024 is organized by Trentino Jazz in collaboration with Aziende per il Turismo delle Valli di Fiemme Cembra e Fassa. Artistic direction by Enrico Tommasini.


APT Val di Fassa
tel. 0462 609500

APT Fiemme e Cembra
tel. 0462 241111

All concerts are free, except those in theaters:
full ticket € 15.00 or € 25.00
Fidelity Card Subscription: € 65.00
(admission to all concerts in theaters)

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