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The Veszprém Jazz Festival to be held as part of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture scheme will feature international stars, experimental performances crossing musical boundaries, as well as young Hungarian jazz musicians playing between Thursday and Sunday. The festival in the western Hungarian city will kick off with Swiss trumpet player Erik Truffaz, US guitarist Erik Truffaz and French drummer of Ivorian descent Manu Katche playing on Thursday. The programme will also include Swiss drummer Jojo Mayer, US group Scary Pockets, the international supergroup Nils Landgren 4WD, Germany’s Boticelli Baby, British band The New Mastersounds, as well as Hungary’s Kéknyúl and the Emma Nagy Quintet. The concerts will be held in central Veszprém, at the Hangvilla, Expresszó, and Papírkutya Kultúrbisztró.
Veszprém was awarded the UNESCO City of Music title in 2019, and a highlighted goal of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture scheme is to promote a wide range of musical styles and present local musicians from the region in addition to international stars. As a result, the Veszprém Jazz Festival will feature several Hungarian musicians at the Hangvilla Café and students of the Snétberger Foundation will give free concerts at the Papírkutya Kultúrbisztró. Exhibitions by photographer Attila Kleb and the makers of Blasius bass guitars will also be shown during the festival.