The perennially popular Red Sea International Jazz Festival, recently took place at the end of August in Eilat.
Now in its 24th year the event attracts tens of thousands of jazz aficionados from Israel and overseas who come to enjoy great music, jam sessions, master classes, a relaxed atmosphere and all that Israel’s most popular tourist resort has to offer.
This year’s festival, which took place from 23-26 August featured performances by over 20 Israeli and international bands, among them worldrenowned jazz performers as well as local artists including Rickie-Lee Jones, Garry Barton, Stephan Harris, Danilo Perez, Niki Yanofski, Beri Saharoff, Rea Mohich and Shem-Tov Levi.
The festival concerts this year also included performances of young Israeli jazz bands.
Following last year, with its change in scheduling and venues, the concert schedule allowed jazz fans to attend up to 4 out of 9 daily performances and special day pass tickets, including a VIP ticket were on sale.
On the highlights of the festival, was the 25-strong Soul Children of Chicago which held two concerts in the festival’s public square. The traditional free midnight jam sessions also attracted a large gathering and took place around the pool of the Isrotel Yam Suf, adjacent to the port area.
An integral part of the festival’s unique atmosphere, these jazz sessions bring together Israeli and international jazz musicians, much to the delight of hundreds of fans every evening into the small hours. International musicians also gave master classes and young jazz groups performed around the city.
The festival was directed by the Red Sea Tourism Administration and produced by Taluy Ltd and Gov Productions Ltd. It was supported by Eilat municipality, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Ministry of Tourism, Eilat Port, Eilat Hotel Association and commercial sponsorships.
(Issue September 2010)