About

The international jazz festival “Vilnius Mama Jazz” takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania every year since 2002, presenting the most original and brightest jazz musicians and bands from all over the world, and nurturing the culture and traditions of Lithuanian jazz.

The program of the festival includes not only concerts on the main stage, but also showcase stage, master classes of the most outstanding jazz musicians, night jam sessions, conferences, talks and meetings, art projects in various fields, film screenings, exhibitions, etc.

Navigating between different music genres and pushing the boundaries, Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival is distinguished by the selection of professional performers, unique bands and a dynamic program that is united by three essential elements: music quality, originality, and relevance.

An important part of the Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival’s program is the Showcase Stage, implemented in 2016. It is a platform where carefully selected Lithuanian jazz performers and bands have the opportunity to introduce themselves to representatives of the jazz industry from abroad: music critics, journalists, producers and organizers of the biggest and the most relevant jazz festivals, representatives of clubs and agencies. It is an opportunity for musicians to be noticed by well-known jazz experts, and in this way the Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival contributes to the dissemination of Lithuanian jazz abroad.

The Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival gives priority to opening the stage to young talents. Night Jam Sessions is a space where young jazz performers and acclaimed musicians meet in an informal setting. Their joint performances, energy and improvisations give the audience an extraordinary experience and help academic youth to improve and broaden their musical horizons.

Over the twenty years of the festival, musicians such as

Chick Corea
John McLaughlin
Christian Scott
Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Snarky Puppy
Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
Peter Brotzmann Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Robert Glasper Experiment
Gerald Clayton Trio
Bill Frisell
The Bad Plus
Victor Bailey Group
John Scofield Trio Plus Horns
Wayne Shorter Quartet 

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Marcus Miller
Terence Blanchard
Louis Sclavis
Erik Truffaz 
Vienna Art Orchestra
Satoko Fujii
Copenhagen Art Ensemble
Rosario Giuliani
Flavio Boltro
Eivind Aarset
Arve Henriksen
Marius Neset

and many other have taken part.