© Warren Katz

Jazz for hip-hop fans or hip-hop for jazz fans? It really doesn’t matter either way. Collaborations with Wu-Tang Clan legend Ghostface Killa, Thundercat and Flying Lotus speak for themselves and demonstrate that. BadBadNotGood are already a global sensation. After a three-year absence from this part of the world, we have been able to persuade these four gentlemen that ELBJAZZ is the best reason to return to “good old Europe”.

With luggage bursting with soul, groove and rap, Oddisee & Good Company are travelling all the way from Washington D.C. to perform in the Port of Hamburg. Anyone mentioning drums and Germany in the same sentence is probably talking about Wolfgang Haffner. And if that’s all too loud and wild, we also have the American trumpeter Chris Botti, whose music is the perfect alternative.

The Munich-based band Fazer prove that the young German jazz scene has plenty to offer in the face of the international competition. With their gentle Latin rhythms, psychedelic soul and blissful African grooves, you could be forgiven for thinking they were from London, where more hip young bands than ever are experimenting with Afrobeat.

With their instrumental techno grooves, Bobby Rausch bring the hottest music the Berlin club scene has to offer to us in the Hanseatic city, and Masaa builds beautiful bridges between jazz and traditional Arabic music.

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