Gent Jazz announces a raft of new names!

Gent Jazz is announcing three extra festival days and a raft of new artists, including André 3000, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, The Cinematic Orchestra, DJ Shadow, Melanie De Biasio and even more home-grown talent, such as Dorian Dumont, Reinel Bakole and Tsar B.

A raft of other names are joining the line-up too: Alfa Mist, Bolis Pupul, Trombone Ensemble Nabou Claerhout, Alexis Ffrench, Iniko, Dushime, Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, Ão, Young Gun Silver Fox, Loverman, Aili, Sungazer, Rumbaristas, FC Atlaska, Nicolas Mortelmans Quartet, Azmari, Jeroen Van Herzeele & Stéphane Galland Duo, James Brandon Lewis Trio, Edmund November, Unfinished Business, The Great Belgian Songbook, mòs ensemble, Wajdi Riahi Trio en Ottla.

Three extra festival days with André 3000 (12/7), Nile Rodgers & CHIC (15/7) and The Cinematic Orchestra (20/7)

Gent Jazz is bulking up. With some real heavyweights! On Friday, 12 July, the British pianist and composer Alfa Mist will play a summer festival set. The day's headliner will be André 3000. The rapper turned flautist will perform his solo début 'New Blue Sun’: a trippy ode to new age and ambient jazz. On Monday, 15 July, Nile Rodgers & CHIC will bring on the funk with a phenomenal feel-good show full of classics including 'Le Freak’ and 'Good Times’. Bolis Pupul takes to the stage the same evening with his long-awaited solo début 'LETTER TO YU’.


Specially for Gent Jazz, Melanie De Biasio will take the audience on a haunting journey through her body of work on Saturday, 20 July. And we close this year with The Cinematic Orchestra. Twenty-one years ago, the group released 'Man with a Movie Camera', a soundtrack album which they created for a reissued version of the documentary film of the same name from 1929. We will show the avant-garde film, live and accompanied by The Cinematic Orchestra.

Air in great company

Anyone who has managed to bag tickets for the sold-out Gent Jazz dates on 18 and 19 July should consider themselves to be very lucky indeed. As well as headliner Air, the legendary turntablist and producer DJ Shadow will provide a captivating live show on both evenings. Also present on 18 July: West Coast pop-duo Young Gun Silver Fox, New York’s Sungazer, the exceptional foursome Ão and pianist Dorian Dumont, who will interpret Aphex Twin. On 19 July, Belgian artists such as the unparalleled Tsar B, the mysterious Loverman and electropop duo Aili will also be part of the line-up.


A raft of new names are joining the line-up

The line-up for the almost sold-out opening day is complete: on Friday, 5 July, Belgian high-flyers Wajdi Riahi Trio, the eight-piece Mòs Ensemble, Ottla (now as a foursome and with a new record) and Young Jazz talent Gent 2021 Trombone Ensemble Nabou Claerhout, will kick off the festival along with Diana Krall, Bill Frisell Trio and Marco Mezquida Trio.

Jamie Cullum shares Monday, 8 July with local virtuosos including improv band Unfinished Business and Edmund November, who will be performing their début album. Jo Hermans, accompanied by top musicians such as David Thomaere, will continue into night at the Bijloke site with 'The Great Belgian Songbook', a celebratory delve into our collective Belgian music memories.

On Saturday, 13 July, we welcome international stars Laufey and Birdy, along with alternative soul revelation INIKO, multidisciplinary artist Dushime and the rising star of the avant-garde neo-soul scene: Reinel Bakole.

But there's more: British soul pianist Alexis Ffrench will drop by on 10 July, along with previously confirmed headliners Asaf Avidan and Sofiane Pamart. The line-up on 11 July is further strengthened by Jeroen Van Herzeele & Stéphane Galland Duo and the James Brandon Lewis Trio. Already confirmed for that day: Erik Truffaz, Joshua Redman Group ft. Gabrielle Cavassa and the Potter / Mehldau / Patitucci / Blake quartet.

On 14 July, as well as Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cimafunk and Eliades Ochoa, we are now also welcoming Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, FC Atlaska, Azmari, and the Nicolas Mortelmans Quartet. Rumbaristas have been added to the musical buffet on 17 July, alongside Patrick Bruel, Luz Casal and Gabi Hartman.


Tickets for the three new festival days (12/7, 15/7 and 20/7) are available now via With the addition of these three days, Gent Jazz counts 12 festival days this edition with an exclusive concert night by ANOHNI and the Johnsons. The festival will take place from 5 to 20 July at the Bijloke site in Ghent.