Em Bebbi Sy Jazz — Basel’s Outdoor Jazz Fest
This year marks the 38th edition of the must-experience “Em Bebbi sy Jazz”—the outdoor jazz event that takes place in Basel every year on a Friday after the end of the summer holidays in August. On this evening, more than 70 bands, including street bands and choirs with over 700 musicians and singers, will play on stages set up in every square and courtyard throughout the city’s center. The festival locations range from the former central post office, Marktplatz, Fischmarkt, Rümelinsplatz, Gerbergasse, and Leonhardskirchplatz to Gemsberg, Heuberg, Spalenberg, and Nadelberg. Each of the over 30 stages will host bands from a particular style of music from Latin jazz, gypsy jazz, dixie, boogie, zydeco, and big band to funk, blues, soul, rock’n’roll and contemporary jazz. Three stages (Schmiedenhof, Rümelinsplatz, and new this year, Peterskirchplatz) will host this year’s Focus Theme, “TRIBUTE TO…” On these stages, tribute bands will be moving their audiences with world hits by U2, Supertramp, Pink Floyd, Tower of Power, Santana, and The Police. Enjoy an evening of roaming around town and stopping to listen and watch what you like. Various drink and food stands are set up around the city center, making for a fun evening out. Check out the program on their website for a map of the various stages and a detailed list of the bands playing (https://www.embebbisyjazz.ch/programm/), or download the PDF (https://www.embebbisyjazz.ch/wp-content/uploads/EBSJ22_Programm_Spielorte_final_web2.pdf).
Tip: The event attracts about 70,000 spectators, making it too crowded to manage a stroller!
All concerts at this fabulous event are completely free.