September 4, 2020 - The Montenegrin record company Rabbit Records, in cooperation with the Made in New York Competition and Festival INC from New York, is organizing the 5th Made in New York Jazz Festival, Montenegro 2020. The festival will be held tonight from 9 pm on the open stage Synchro in Porto Montenegro and on September 6 in the atrium of "The Capital Plaza" in Podgorica.
Some of the biggest names on the world jazz scene will perform. Tommy Campbell - drums, Calvin Jones - bass, Yaac's Mayman - saxophone / ewi (artistic director of Made in New York Jazz Competition INC and multiple Grammy performer), Stafford Hunter - trombone and player on the seashells (Grammy-nominated performer), Marianne Solivan - vocals. They will be joined on stage by regional and local jazz musicians: Vladimir Maraš - piano/synthesizer, Matija Dedić - piano, Rastko Obradović - saxophone, Sara Jovović - piano, and Milorad Šule Jovović - guitar.
In the renovated Ethno Jazz Club "Sejdefa" in Podgorica, tomorrow, the renowned jazz-funk Reunion Funk Band from Belgrade will present their club performance. Composed of experienced professionals and proven masters of jazz-funk, it will bring us the spirit of American clubs in which groove is an always recognizable program concept. The quintet consists of Ljubiša Paunić Paun (saxophone), Mirko Sokolović (bass), Dejan Hasečić (guitar), Željko Janković (drums), and Filip Bulatović (piano).
The "Made in New York Jazz Festival, Montenegro" is the European sequel of the New York jazz festival, held every year in May in the prestigious Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC. The Made In New York jazz festival's founding company is Made In New York Jazz Competition INC from Brooklyn, NY. In cooperation with Montenegrin company Rabbit Records, every year after the New York premiere - Jazz Gala concert in May - there is a special edition of the prestigious festival in Europe, happening in June. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival's 2020 edition was postponed to the end of the summer, and is being held under specific conditions. Yet still it maintains the excellent reputation it has within the countries' cultural context.
The "Made in New York Jazz Festival, Montenegro" was launched in 2016. Over its first four years, the festival hosted over 50 renowned jazz performers from all over the world, with legendary jazz artists mostly from the US, the home of jazz and international guests, participants of the Made In New York Jazz Competition!