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Festival of jazz standards and blues is back at Israel Museum

Jerusalem Jazz Festival returns for seventh year to the museum and its sculpture garden

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A band performs a tribute to Amit Golan, an Israeli pianist who passed away in 2010, during the Jerusalem Jazz Festival in Jerusalem on September 8, 2020. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
A band performs a tribute to Amit Golan, an Israeli pianist who passed away in 2010, during the Jerusalem Jazz Festival in Jerusalem on September 8, 2020. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

As soon as Jerusalem’s Israel Festival closes on June 19, the 7th Jerusalem Jazz Festival picks up the cultural slack from June 22-24, held on the grounds of the Israel Museum’s outdoor sculpture garden.

The festival, produced by the Israel Festival team and directed as usual by trumpeter Avishai Cohen, includes a program of all-Israeli artists for a series of intimate meetings between musicians and artists.

“During this difficult and challenging time, we created a festival that is full of hope that it will bring a ray of light in the dark around us,” said Cohen. “The artists went out to create something good and unique, and it will be a very different festival from the past.”

Performing artists include Dudu Tassa and the Al-Kuwaitis, Avishai Cohen, Rona Keinan, Eviatar Banai, Gilad Cahana, Hagai Fershtman and Gershon Waiserfirer, Tom Oren and Erez Tuders, Victoria Hanna and Omri Mor and others.

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen is the artistic director of the Jerusalem Jazz Festival, June 22-24, 2021 (Courtesy Johan Jacobs)

The three-day event is organized along two different series of events. One is titled “Connections,” with different performances that unify iconic Israeli creators telling the story of Israeli art through music, spoken word and film. The other is “Live/Visual,” with original performances bringing together musicians with museum curators.

The festival will also include theater performances in the garden, mystery tours in the maze of statues and jazz talks.

A one-day ticket costs NIS 200 and NIS 150 for students, and a trio ticket for all three days of the festival costs NIS 550, available through the Jerusalem Jazz Festival website.

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