Jazz Festival in Nish (Serbia) has a tradition of three decades, and under the name Nisville, it is held every year in August. It lasts for four days, with about 50 bands with around 500 performers, and nearly 100,000 people visit it every summer.
The British daily newspaper “Guardian” has published a list of 10 best jazz festivals in Europe on its own website, which includes the Nis Jazz Festival. Gardijan says that “Niš, as the third city in Serbia, certainly has its own specific charm: Most programs are held within the Fortress on huge green areas surrounded by walls and gates from the Ottoman era.”
The most famous jazz magazine in the world, the American “Downbeat” evaluated Nišville as a festival which, in the best possible way, simultaneously promoted jazz as a direction originating on the American continent, the musical tradition of the Balkans, and especially the combination of these two styles, contributed to the presentation of Balkan music as a new world trend.
Along with international stars, a lot of free programs, workshops, spontaneous street gigs across the streets and squares and during the festival, through Nis, under the influence of the Balkan tradition can be heard exciting and unpredictable jazz rhythms.
The festival featured: Solomon Burke, Billy Cobham, Benny Golson, Tom Harrell, Ron Carter, Hans And Candy Dulfer, Randy Brecker, Miroslav Vitous, Mingus Dynasty, Donald Byrd, Manu Dibango, Stanley Jordan, Richard Galliano, Reggie Workman, Jimmy Cobb, Rosenberg trio, Larry Coryell, Lenny White, Victor Bailey, De Phazz, Terje Rypdal, Incognito, Sly Dunbar & Robbie Sheakspeare, Rick Margitza, Phillipe Catherine, Grace Kelly, Mungo Jerry Bles Band, Jamie Davis, Joe “Mr Defunkt “Bowie, Yehia Khalil, Miles Grifitt, Denise Jannah, Aria Hendicks, Bemshie Shearer, Daniel Marques, Sexto Sentido, Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares, New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, Gille Peterson, Jose James, Rodney Jones , Donald Harrison, Nils Peter Molvaer, Sidsel Endresen, Francois Jeaneaux, Teodosi Spasov, Yildiz Ibrahimova, Jazzanova, Ginger Baker, Pee Wee Ellis, Adam Nussbaum, Kyle Eastwood…
Many domestic and foreign tourist organizations and agencies invite lovers and jazz to the end of August, visit Serbia and the mythical city of Nish.