Cool or free, classic or modern, swing or Dixieland: in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Düsseldorf, jazz is king. You'd expect nothing less from the Düsseldorf Jazz Rally, which offers a musical discovery tour of all forms of jazz and is traditionally held at Whitsun.
The Düsseldorf Jazz Rally is Germany's biggest jazz festival, and during its 20-year history it has given jazz lovers some goose-bump moments that they've never forgotten. Klaus Doldinger is the festival's patron, so extremely high musical standards are guaranteed. His performances with his band Passport and other musician friends are always among the rally's highlights. Visiting stars from all over the world repeatedly affirm what we already know – that Düsseldorf attracts all the best jazz musicians. The exciting programme includes almost 100 concerts in around three dozen venues from the airport to the opera house, the old quarter to the Rhine riverbank. The Düsseldorf Jazz Rally is the perfect forum for jazz. Its commitment to diversity and experimentation is never in question; it integrates funk and groove, and it's open to singer-songwriters. A collaboration with the Düsseldorf Schumann Festival has opened up some refreshing if surprising angles in the crossover between jazz and classical. In a nutshell, this is a festival that is constantly reinventing itself, which totally suits Düsseldorf because this city has a rhythm all of its own – one that has inspired musicians from Robert Schumann to Die Toten Hosen.