About us

Founded in 2015, the International Jerusalem Jazz Festival is one of Israel’s most beloved musical event.  
Taking place in the splendid art galleries and inspiring sculpture garden of the Israel Museum, the festival features the world and Israel’s leading Jazz artists, presenting original productions, premieres, global-local collaborations,  pop-up improvisations and artist talks.  
Under the artistic direction of world-renowned trumpeter Avishai Cohen, the artistic program reflects the whole gamut of contemporary jazz, from supersonic and free jazz, through big band arrangements to video-live, hip hop and groove.  

Adapting and responding to the unique artistic set up, the festival performances creates a three-way dialogue between music, art and the festival goers.
Indeed, the extraordinary encounter between music and art is the festival’s signature from day one and the central pillar of its artistic vision. 

The International Jerusalem Jazz Festival is a production of the Israel Festival, Israel’s leading cross disciplinary cultural event, now in its 61st year.  
The Festival is supported by the Cultural Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Foundation.
The 8th Jerusalem Jazz Festival will take place July 5-7, 2022.

Photo © by Sarale Gur Lavy

Statement by the Art Director

Embarking on a journey called the Jazz Festival is challenging, interesting and different every year.
Every year the festival is new, the idea of what jazz is and what jazz can be changes constantly, every day, and over the years.
As in every year, what’s important for me is the creation of texture, variety, the jazz puzzle, and at the same time – the essence of the festival, its heartbeat, that is:
Freedom, creativity, improvisation and daring at the center of performances, each and every one of the artists at the festival helping expand the boundaries of the genre and deepening the search for the road not taken.

Avishai Cohen, Art Director

Jazz Festival Team

Eyal Sher – Director | Avishai Cohen – Artistic Director | Hadas Vanunu – Chief Producer | Hadas Vanunu, Itamar Bernstein, Noa Melamed-Vazana, artistic team |  Itamar Bernstein –  Content Production | Vered Daya – Marketing Director | Merav Kedar – Marketing and Sales  | Odelia Ratzabi – Executive Producer | Anna Fernanadez – Production Coordinator |  Aviva Nir-Giladi – Executive Assistant to the Director | Dina Ashkenazi – Account Manager |  Liora Mesilati, Marketing & Sales | Noa Melamed-Vazana, Jana Vogt, Shira Vanunu, Hospitality team | Omer Tzur – Head of Productions and Events Department, Israel Museum |  Yuval Hermoni – Technical Director | 

PR – Monocrave – Orly Nekler, Dana Segal
Graphic design & branding – Lemur Creatives – Or Barnea, Noa Faran, Nofar Binner, Avia Sophie Cohen
Website – R2K – Rotem Tal, Khalil Jarban
Social Media & Digital   6 DegsEyal Bason
Content Writing – Merav Yudilovitch
English Translation – Michaeli Translations
Tickets – Eventer

Board Members:
Board Members: Adv. Inbar Nacht, Chairwoman | Idit Amichay | Adv. Imry Ben-Ami | Adv. Gil Brandes | Yoram Braverman | Orly Doron | Dr. Tal Kohavi | Yossi Lubaton | Hedai Ofaimme | Adv. Asaf Shariv | Miryam  Steinitz | Anat Turbowicz | Mishael Vaknin
Observer: Anat Gilead
Audit Committee:  Prof. Leah Achdut | Adv. Ruth Horn

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