The seventh edition of Jazz in the Park ended yesterday evening after four extraordinary days when over 30 bands from around the world have got on the four stages located in Central Park, Cluj-Napoca, during the weekend (4-7 July).
Throughout the festival, more than 100,000 people attended both concerts of jazz and the various activities prepared by the organizers and their partners. The festival registered an attendance record right from the opening day, when more than 26,000 people filled the park for the duration of the day and more than 8,000 people watched enthusiastically the concert held on the Main Stage by bassist Marcus Miller (US).
I am pleased with how the seventh edition of the festival came out. We needed to deliver a successful edition, especially because of the conditions we had to face last year, when it rained nine days out of 11. I am excited about how my colleagues mobilized themselves and each other and about the dynamics that we had this year. I think there have been a good energy coming from the whole team during the event. We also managed to deliver a festival lineup and content that was very well received by the public since day one. Their joy charged us a lot and gave us the energy to work for four days continuously.
We found a large number of foreigners come to the event and we received very good feedback from the bands. Almost all praised the positive energy of the place, the music diversity and the accessibility of the event. We gave everything I could for this event to happen and the results were there. I feel like we went to a new level. Thanks everyone for all the kind words that we received during these four days. Know that they helped us!
Alin Vaida, executive director of Jazz in the Park.
This year’s edition had, undoubtedly, the best lineup in the history of the festival. The audience that came to Central Park enjoyed some memorable concerts, applauding for minutes on end the big names of the genre, including Ghost-Note (US), Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio (US), Judith Hill (US), Shai Maestro Trio (IL), Chassol (FR), Tiny Fingers (IL), Festen (FR), Ours Samplus (FR) Hristo Yotsov: Jazz Cats (BG), Malox (IL) and Kosmic Blues (RO).
Jazz in the Park has been noted since the first edition for the warm, friendly and relaxing atmosphere, but also for the strong connection between the artists and their audience. If the first night the audience was introduced into the atmosphere by Shai Maestro Trio and later on hypnotized by Marcus Miller, on Friday was the turn of bands like Ghost-Note or Malox to make the crowd move with their energy. Saturday night ended in a psychedelic touch, thanks to the music of Tiny Fingers playing on the Main Stage, and the Alternative Stage viewers were able to enjoy the incredible music of three French bands: Chassol, Festen and Ours Samplus. Sunday was’t left behind either, with a great Delvon Lamarr concert and the amazing Judith Hill ending the seventh edition of Jazz in the Park with passion. Strength, impeccable interpretations, dynamism and diversity – this is how you might describe lineup of this year.
If evenings were devoted to concerts in the park, the nights were reserved for improvised jazz sessions, just like it usually happens at any festival of the genre. Over 2,000 jazz lovers took part in the jam sessions organized at Vorbe, the official bar of the festival, Colin’s Gastro Pub and Samsara.
Another record registered during this edition of Jazz in the Park is related to the non-mandatory tickets bought for the Jazz in the Park Fund. Over 4,000 people donated 18,000 euros to finance three cultural projects: the cultural voucher that allows low-income people to receive free tickets to performances in film, theater, opera and museums, the program of art therapy taking place in several hospitals in Romania, initiated by Create. Act. Enjoy, and Drama 5 – a series of creative residencies for young playwrights in Romania, ra project belonging to the independent theater REACTOR de creație și experiment.